Heating and Cooling
Keep your air conditioner and furnace running efficiently with these DIY repairs and routine maintenance projects.
DIY Air Conditioner Repair
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.
Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:
How to Install a Dryer Vent
To speed up clothes drying and prevent lint build-up, install a smooth metal dryer vent. These step-by-step directions walk you through the tough parts. Rigid metal vents are safer than flexible plastic and metal types, which catch more lint, require more cleaning and can retard airflow. Even ...
How Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Works
If you want to add an addition but your furnace can't handle the additional load, think about installing hydronic radiant floor heating. This will make your addition a warm and cozy without upgrading your furnace.
Thermostat Not Working?
Does your house have to get really cold before the furnace kicks in, even though your thermostat is set to 68 degrees? You might need a new thermostat. Or it could be as simple as leveling your existing thermostat and adjusting its thermometer and anticipator. Here’s how.
Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers
It seems like a waste to heat unused rooms, but closing heat registers may actually increase heating costs, especially with newer systems.
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.
Efficient Heating: Duel-Fuel Heat Pump
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.
How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs
Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.
Plug Leaky Ducts
Sealing leaky joints in heating, ventilating and air conditioning ducts is a simple, cheap DIY project that can reduce your energy costs by hundreds of dollars a years.