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Air Conditioner Capacitor Replacement Guide
A/C Capacitor

1. Home Air Conditioner Dual Start/Run Capacitor Replacement Guide

One of the most common home HVAC system problems is a blown or faulty dual motor start capacitor.

Luckily, they are relatively easy to replace and a replacement capacitor only costs about $25-$50 depending on the model.

The most tell-tale symptom of a broken capacitor is when the fan in the outdoor condenser unit won't spin.

   

Toilet Water Supply Valve Replacement Guide
Toilet Water Valve

2. Toilet Water Supply Valve Replacement Guide

Drip, drip, drip. It seems like the toilet water supply valve is one of the first places to develop a water leak in the bathroom of an older home.

Standard replacement valves are readily available at Home Depot, Lowes or other home improvement stores and only cost a few dollars.

   

Home Refrigerator Water Leak Repair Guide
Refrigerator Water Leak

3. Refrigerator Water Leak Repair Guide

If you have water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator, you may have a clogged freezer defrost drain pipe.

Only a few simple hand tools and some hot water are needed to resolve this problem in less than an hour.

   


Kenmore Stove 220V

4. Kenmore Oven/Range/Stove 220V Electricity Supply Restoration Guide

I was perplexed when the digital display of our Kenmore electric oven and range top was working properly but the elements wouldn't heat up.

Usually the problem lies with a faulty power connection either at the outlet, the appliance's power plug, or the home's breaker box.

   

Kitchen Sink Drain Water Leak Repair Guide
Leaky Sink Drain

5. Kitchen Sink Drain Water Leak Repair Guide
   

Bath Tub Water Diverter Valve Guide
Bath Tub Diverter Valve

6. Shower/Tub Water Diverter Valve Replacement Guide
   

Freezer Ice Maker Replacement Guide
Ice Maker Replacement

7. Freezer Ice Maker Replacement Guide
   

Home A/C Air Handler Coils Cleaning Guide
HVAC Coils Cleaning

8. HVAC Air Handler Unit Evaporator Coils Cleaning Guide

To keep the indoor air handler unit of your home A/C system working at peak efficiency the coils or "fins" should be regularly cleaned.

This is especially important if there are dogs, cats or other furry pets in your home.

   

Home Water Heater Sediment Flushing Guide
Water Heater Flushing

9. Home Water Heater Sediment Flushing Guide

Another home appliance that needs periodic maintenance to operate efficiently and extend it's useful life is your water heater.

Over time, sediment such as sand or minerals accumulate in the bottom of the tank and can partially obstruct the lower heating element.

   

Culligan US-600A Filter Installation Guide
Culligan US-600A

10. Culligan US-600A Undersink Drinking Water Filter Installation Guide
   

Dryer Exhaust Vent Lint Cleaning Guide
Dryer Exhaust Vent

11. Home Dryer Vent Lint Cleaning Guide

Hundreds if not thousands of home fires each year are caused by dryer exhaust vents or pipes that are clogged with lint.

 

   

HVAC Condensate Drain Pipe Cleaning Guide
Condensate Drain Pipe

12. HVAC Air Handler Condensate Drain Flushing & Cleaning Guide

To keep the condensation water drain pipe of your home air handler unit flowing freely, it's important to flush the pipe regularly.

Neglecting this can lead to a clogged pipe and water leaking into your home.

   

Culligan IC-EZ-1 Water Filter Guide
Culligan IC-EZ-1

13. Culligan IC-EZ-1 Drinking Water Filter Installation Guide
   

Culligan IC-100 Ice Maker Filter Guide
Culligan IC-100

14. Culligan IC-100 Refrigerator Ice Maker Water Filter Installation Guide
   

Honda EU3000is Generator Maintenance Guide
Honda EU3000is

15. Honda EU3000is Generator Maintenance Guide


 

Lubricate A Sticky Door Lock Guide
Lubricate Door Lock

16. Sticky Door Lock Repair Guide
   

Hunter Digital Thermostat Installation Guide
Digital Thermostat Guide

17. Hunter "Just Right" Digital Thermostat Installation Guide
   

Carpenter Bee Insect Pest Control Guide
Carpenter Bee Control

18. Carpenter Bee Insect Pest Control Guide
   


Rheem Coils Cleaning

19. Rheem Classic HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide

To keep your A/C system's condenser unit running as efficiently as possible, the coils should be cleaned out at least once every year.

The coils can become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, leaves, and other debris which reduces their ability to effectively transfer heat to the outside air.

   

Rheem Condenser Run Capacitor Replacement Guide
Rheem A/C Capacitor

20. Rheem Classic HVAC Condenser Run Capacitor Replacement Guide

Some of the symptoms of a faulty run capacitor include a condenser fan motor that makes excessive noise or does not work at all.

   

Gibson HVAC Air Handler Condensate Drain Pipe Cleaning
Gibson Drain Cleaning

21. Gibson HVAC Air Handler Condensate Drain Pipe Cleaning Guide

If water is leaking out from the bottom of your Gibson HVAC air handler unit, you may need to unclog, flush out, and clean the condensate drain pipe.

 

   


Goodman Run Capacitor

22. Goodman HVAC Condenser Dual Run Capacitor Replacement Guide

The symptoms of a faulty dual run capacitor include that the compressor and fan motor inside your Goodman condenser won't turn on.

Also, the indoor air handler will only blow warm or room temperature air out of the A/C vents.

   

Delta 75520 Shower Head Install Guide
Delta Shower Head

23. Delta 75520 Massaging Shower Head Installation Guide
   

Goodman HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
Goodman Coils Cleaning

24. Goodman HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
   

Fluidmaster Toilet Repair Kit Install Guide
Toilet Repair Kit Guide

25. Fluidmaster Complete Toilet Repair Kit Installation Guide

 

   

Kenmore Refrigerator Ice & Water Filter Guide
PUR Ice & Water Filter

26. Kenmore Refrigerator PUR Ice & Water Filter Replacement Guide

If you have a side-by-side refrigerator manufactured by Whirlpool, you should replace the ice maker and drinking water filter about every 6 months.

Some of the brand names that Whirlpool manufacturers include Kenmore, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.

   


Hayward Filter Cleaning

27. Hayward Pool Pump Filter Cartridge Cleaning Guide
   

Home Water Heater Thermostat Adjustment
Water Heater T-Stats

28. Home Water Heater Thermostat Temperature Adjustment Guide
   

Single Pole Electrical Wall Switch Replacement Guide
Electrical Wall Switch

29. Single Pole Electrical Wall Switch Replacement Guide
   

Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Capacitor Replacement
Comfortmaker Capacitor

30. Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Capacitor Replacement Guide

If your Comfortmaker brand A/C system is only blowing room temperature air and the fan and/or compressor won't turn on, you may need to replace a faulty dual run / start capacitor inside the condenser (outside unit).

For my complete guide to this procedure, click on the thumbnail image to the right or the text link above.

   

Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
Comfortmaker Coils

31. Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide

To keep your Comfortmaker brand A/C condenser working at peak efficiency, the coils should be cleaned at least once a year before the cooling season begins.
 

   

Dimmer Switch To Single Pole Replacement Guide
Dimmer To Single Pole

32. Dimmer Switch To Single Pole On/Off Light Switch Replacement Guide

Since we prefer using energy saving CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs in our home, I had to replace a dimmer switch in one bathroom with a standard single pole On/Off electrical wall switch.

I thought about purchasing expensive "dimmable" CFL bulbs, but I already have a large collection of standard CFL bulbs.

   

Sunpentown WA-1211S Window A/C Review
WA-1211S A/C Review

33. Sunpentown WA-1211S Window A/C Unit Install Guide & Review

If you are considering purchasing a Sunpentown or "SPT" brand window air conditioner such as the WA-1211S 12,000 BTU unit, check out my review and installation guide by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

 

   

Korky 4010PK Toilet Repair Kit Review & Install Guide
Korky Toilet Repair Kit

34. Lavelle Korky 4010PK Toilet Repair Kit Review & Install Guide

Since I've used the Fluidmaster toilet repair kits in the past, I decided to try the Korky # 4010PK universal toilet repair kit made by Lavelle for yet another leaky and noisy toilet.

To view my complete photo illustrated installation guide and read my opinion of this kit, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Keurig B40 Coffee Machine Water Draining Guide
Keurig Water Draining

35. Keurig B40 K-Cup Coffee Machine Water Draining & Storage Guide

Most Keurig K-Cup coffee machines have a metal internal water tank that should be drained before shipping it, a long move, or long term storage.

Check out my DIY tutorial for emptying the water out of the internal tank and rubber tubes by clicking on the link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

How To Retrieve An Item Dropped In A Sink Drain
Sink Drain Ring Retrieval

36. How to Retrieve a Ring or Earring Dropped Down A Sink Drain Pipe

If you dropped an important item such as a ring, earring or other piece of jewelry down your sink drain, don't despair. You can get it out just by disassembling the drain trap pipe located below the sink.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or thumbnail image to the left.

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