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  1. Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

    Annual central air conditioner maintenance saves you money by increasing its efficiency and preventing breakdowns. You can complete the chore in an hour.

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  1. DIY Air Conditioner Repair

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    Our experts shows you easy DIY solutions for the most common central air conditioning repairs. You'll be up and running sooner and will save the expense of a service call.

  2. Air Conditioner Repair: Replace Rotted Insulation

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    Rotting insulation on your outdoor A/C lines can cost you energy. The fix is simple. We show you how to do it and tell you where to get the special insulating foam.

  3. Covering Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

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    Cover your air conditioner condenser with plywood for the winter. If you wrap it with plastic, it'll rust.

  4. Fix a Sinking Air Conditioner Pad

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    Air conditioner compressors and heat exchanger pumps sitting on concrete pads may settle and tip over time, putting strain on coolant lines. One of these fixes can correct the problem.

  5. How to Clean a Room Air Conditioner

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    Air conditioners work more efficiently when the evaporator and condenser coils or cooling fins are clean and the fins are straight. Save money and keep your house cooler by doing the job yourself.

  6. Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring

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    Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air - conditioner cleaning. The payoff: Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. You'll also prolong the life of your air conditioner .

  7. Choosing a Whole House Fan

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    Whole house fans will keep you and your home cool at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning . We walk you through the pros and cons and help you choose the best option for your home.Photo courtesy of Tamarack Technologies Inc.

  8. Efficient Heating: Duel-Fuel Heat Pump

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    In cold climates, dual-fuel heat pumps (different from heat pumps used in the South) replace your air conditioner and save you money for both heating and cooling.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Install a Window Air Conditioner - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    With these simple tips, it's a breeze to install a window air conditioner quickly and securely!

  2. July Projects - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Bob Vila's July projects include building a raised garden bed, DIY lawn games, unusual wallpaper applications, alternatives to air conditioning and tick prevention.

  3. Ice box air conditioner

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - featured

    This gadget will save your life in the summertime! Out of desperation, in the summer of 2002, I made this improvised "air condition" unit. 2002 was the warmest summer in years, and i almost melted! This might sound like a joke, but it truly does work. You don't need to cool down the entire room to ...

  4. Solar Energy System - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    If you're thinking about installing a solar energy system, you first want to be sure it makes sense for your home. Let us lead you through some of the variables you'll need to consider.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Reduce Your Electric Bill

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    Jeanette Pavini tells us how keep electric bills in check in better ways to save.

  2. How to Fix Window Air Conditioners

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    Learn how to fix window air conditioners, using a 1969 Sears as an example.

  3. Rating Systems for Energy Efficient Windows

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    In this video, Andersen Windows’ Brian Gunderson talks about the numbers behind energy efficient windows. Numbers can get confusing. Here you’ll learn about rating systems for windows and doors and what you should look for when choosing energy efficient window and door products.

  4. Selecting a Standby Generator For Your Needs

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    Learn about the different types of backup electrical generators.

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Blog Posts

  1. How To Maintain An Air Conditioner

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  2. Lower Your Utility Bills: Better Bath Fan Controls

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    A bath fan can save energy or waste it, depending on how long you let it run after a steamy shower. If you don't let it run long enough, a lot of humidity is left in the air, and that forces your air conditioning system to work much harder. If you...( read more )

  3. Beat the Heat and Cut Cooling Costs

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Ten years ago, I installed central air conditioning in my old house, but the south bedrooms were still too steamy. I thought about reworking the duct system to pump in more cold air, but tried something simpler first: I built these simple shutters to...( read more )

  4. Sunday Night Sneak Peek

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    FromDIY Diva

    It’s safe to say I’ve been on a roll around the house for the past few weekends, and the question I get most often from people is “How do you...

  5. Comparing Heating & Cooling Solutions for your New Home

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    When building a new home, it is always important to explore every option when it comes to heating and cooling solutions. While you want to provide a comfortable environment for your family, you should also consider costs, energy efficiency, impact on the environment and any added value to your ...

  6. Energy Efficient Windows Explained

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    For years I thought windows were windows. When it was too warm we'd draw the shades and if it was too cold we'd make sure the windows were closed tight. But today's windows are available with glass and coatings that can drastically alter the temperature in your home, thereby lowering your energy ...

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