Heating and Cooling
Keep your air conditioner and furnace running efficiently with these DIY repairs and routine maintenance projects.
How to Replace a Rain Cap
Older rain caps for metal chimneys and flue liners can deteriorate or fall apart, but installing a replacement cap is as easy as climbing onto the roof.
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3 Easy Furnace Repairs
Keep your high-efficiency gas furnace running with these 3 easy furnace repairs (Bonus: 2 repairs that you should never attempt on your own).
Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring
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.
How to Use Tin Snips to Cut Sheet Metal
Learn to make straight cuts, curved cuts and even round cuts in sheet metal with tin snips. With proper tool selection you can do it with ease.
How to Bleed a Hot Water Radiator and Clear a Steam Radiator Vent
If one radiator doesn't heat up but others do, try this one-minute fix first. It usually solves the problem.
Home Air Cooling Tips
Window air conditioners or central air aren't the only way to cool down a hot house. Check out these alternative solutions for making your house more comfortable.
Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms
Venting two bathroom exhaust fans through one roof duct won’t work, sorry to say. But you can install one fan in your attic for both bathrooms, and make your bathroom quieter, too.
Fix a Sinking Air Conditioner Pad
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.
Home Repair: How to Flatten Basement Air Ducts to Gain Space
Install wider, flatter heating and cooling ducts (you can have them custom made) to increase headroom in your basement, especially when finishing the ceiling.