Improvement & Maintenance Guides
Links to various home repair, improvement, & maintenance "how-to" guides including HVAC, appliance & plumbing issues.
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
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.
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 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.
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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
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.
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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 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.
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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 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 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 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.
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Fluidmaster Complete Toilet Repair Kit Installation Guide
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.
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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
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Sani Seal Waxless Toilet To Floor Flange Gasket Installation Guide
If your toilet is leaking water from between the bottom of the bowl and the floor flange attached to the waste pipe, you probably need to replace the old wax seal.
I chose a better version of the wax seal, which is the Sani Seal polyurethane foam toilet flange gasket. Check out my DIY tutorial for replacing the toilet flange gasket by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Broken Plastic Toilet Closet Flange Replacement Guide
If your toilet has been wobbly or you've seen water leaking from between the toilet bowl and the floor, you might need to replace a broken plastic closet flange.
Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Jenn-Air Maytag Refrigerator Water & Ice Maker Filter Replacement
If the drinking water or ice cubes from your Jenn-Air, Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid or Amana refrigerator haven't been tasting great recently, you probably need to change the filter.
Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.
Sub-Zero Refrigerator Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
If you need to change a burnt out light bulb in the refrigerator or freezer section of your Sub-Zero 500 series appliance, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
LG Refrigerator Fresh Air Filter Replacement Guide
If the food in your new LG LMXC23746D /00 refrigerator hasn't been smelling as fresh any more, you probably need to replace the "Fresh Air" filter located on the back wall.
Check out my DIY tutorial for changing the filter, including the replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Sioux Chief Metal Repair Ring For Broken Toilet Flange Installation
If you have a cracked plastic toilet flange that has led to a wobbly or leaking toilet, you can easily repair the ring by installing a Sioux Chief stainless steel metal repair "ringer" with Tapcon concrete screws.
Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Serta Motion Perfect Adjustable Bed Base Motor Replacement Guide
If one of the linear actuator motors on the underside of your Serta iComfort Revolution memory foam bed with the Motion Perfect by ErgoMotion adjustable bases has stopped working, you probably need to replace it with a new one.
Check out my DIY tutorial for lowering the bed (so you can get to sleep) and installing a new motor with the compatible replacement part numbers.
Marantec / Broten Garage Door Opener Receiver Replacement Guide
If the M3-2312 remote controls for your Marantec or Broten garage door opener aren't working any more, you probably need to replace the receiver. We couldn't locate the OEM original receiver at any store or website, so we purchased an external 315MHz receiver.
To view my DIY tutorial for the receiver change and clicker programming procedure (including the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link or picture.
Leaking Shower & Tub Faucet Valve Stem Replacement Guide
If there is a steady stream of water leaking out of your bathroom tub spout or shower head even with the hot and cold faucets firmly closed, you probably need to replace the rubber seat washer or just change out the entire valve stem and the old seat.
Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Marantec Garage Door Opener Remote Control Battery Change Guide
If you need to change a dead or weak battery in the key fob remote control for your Broten or Marantec garage door opener, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Jenn-Air Refrigerator & Freezer Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
If you need to change a burnt out light bulb in the refrigerator compartment or the freezer of your Jenn-Air fridge, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement light bulb part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.
Jenn-Air Oven Light Bulb Replacement Guide
If you need to change a burnt out light bulb in the oven of your Jenn-Air range (A.K.A. stove or stovetop), check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement light bulb part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Jenn-Air Refrigerator & Freezer Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
To keep your Jenn-Air, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Amana or Maytag refrigerator and freezer running reliably and at peak energy efficiency (to save electricity and reduce your power utility bill) you should regularly clean the condenser coils.
Liftmaster Chamberlain MyQ Control Panel Speaker Volume Reduction
If you would like to reduce the very loud beeping volume on the speaker inside the MyQ control panel for a Chamberlain or Liftmaster smart WiFi enabled garage door opener, check out my DIY tutorial by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Genie Garage Door Opener G3T-R Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the G3T-R Intellicode three button remote control key fob for your Genie brand garage door opener unit can become weak or stop working entirely.
Take a look at my DIY instructions for changing the battery (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail picture.
LiftMaster Key Fob Remote Control Battery Replacement Guide
If the 890MAX mini key fob remote control for your LiftMaster garage door opener hasn't been working well recently, you may need to replace the battery.
These remotes are also compatible with other garage door opener brands that are manufactured by Chamberlain such as Craftsman and Sears.
GE Convection Oven Hot Surface Igniter Cleaning Guide
If your GE natural gas oven has been slow to turn on or heat up, you smell gas, or you hear a "boom", "pop", or "whoosh" type mini explosion sound when the flames finally ignite, you may need to clean or replace the dirty hot surface igniter (also known as the HSI, "ignitor", glow bar or glow coil).
Check out my DIY tutorial for cleaning the hot surface igniter by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Hayward Pool Pump Cartridge Water Filter Replacement Guide
If your Hayward pool pump hasn't been keeping your pool as clean recently, you probably need to replace the pleated cartridge style water filter.
To view the DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Bradford White Water Heater Sacrificial Anode Replacement Guide
The best way to keep your Bradford White natural gas or electric water heater working well for 15 to 20 years is to regularly inspect and change the "sacrificial" magnesium (or aluminum & zinc) anode rod. The rod helps prevent the interior of the tank from rusting and developing a leak. This should be done at least every 5 to 7 years. The rod will need to be replaced more often if you have a water softener system. To view the DIY tutorial (with the part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
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