Learn how to repair your household appliances with these step-by-step projects and expert tips from the pros.
Diagnosing Appliance Fault Codes
When the display panel on your appliance flashes strange numbers, grab your owner’s manual. It may be flashing a fault code that’ll help diagnose a problem.
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How to Fix Chipped Porcelain
Tiny chips and dings on expensive porcelain fixtures and appliances are distressing—but fixable. With a few careful dabs of touch-up glaze and a little sanding and buffing you can make those ugly blemishes vanish.
How to Paint Plastic Appliance Handles
Yellowed handles can make a refrigerator or other appliance look old before its time. Fix the problem easily with a spray paint designed for plastic surfaces.
How to Clean Oven Door Glass
Cleaning between the glass panels of an oven door looks impossible, but all you really need to do is dissassemble the door. It's simple. Really.
How to Repair a Refrigerator
Simple fixes for the four most common refrigerator problems: an ice-maker breakdown, water leaking onto the floor, a cooling failure and too much noise. Chances are, you can solve the problem yourself, save some money and avoid the expense and inconvenience of a service appointment. The following article will walk you through the simplest solutions to the most common fridge malfunctions.
Clothes Dryer Repair Guide
Most dryer problems can be fixed in an hour with a few basic tools and a continuity tester or multimeter—and you can do the work yourself with these simple instructions.
How to Repair a Leaking Washing Machine
Don't panic when the washing machine starts leaking water all over the floor! You can usually fix the problem yourself within and hour or two at a fraction of the cost of calling a service technician. And only rarely will you have to purchase a new machine. This article will help you avoid the expensive service call by showing you how to diagnose and fix the most common washing machine leaks.
How to Repair a Dishwasher
Simple maintenance will wipe out 90 percent of dishwasher problems. This article provides solutions for three common problems: the dishes don't come out clean, the dishwasher leaks water, and the dishwasher won't start. We'll show you how to make the fixes yourself and save the money you would have paid a repairman.
How to Replace a Vacuum Cleaner Belt
If the vacuum motor is running but the carpet cleaning head isn't spinning, replace the belt. It takes less than 30 minutes, plus an inexpensive new belt.