Removing An Old Central Air Conditioner: Steps You Can Do Before The Technician Arrives

Most homeowners prefer to have an HVAC contractor remove an old central air unit. However, if you would like to save some money on labor costs, you can remove parts of the old unit yourself. Here are some steps you can safely complete without needing an HVAC education or license. 1. Cut the Power and Pull the Fuses There is always a circuit breaker that controls the "on" switch to the air conditioner. [Read More]

Prevent Future Issues With Your Dryer By Replacing Your Outdoor Vent Hood

While there are a variety of problems that your dryer can experience, a common occurrence is related to a failure of the dryer vent hood outside your home. When this cover gets damaged—perhaps becoming cracked and brittle due to the weather—critters such as squirrels, mice, and chipmunks can get inside the vent. These pests then make nests that impede the flow of air and possibly cause your dryer to overheat or, worse, result in a fire. [Read More]

How To Clean A Washing Machine That Smells Or Leaves Black Spots On Clothing

Washing machines are designed to clean so it is easy to forget that the interior of the machine tub itself needs periodic cleanings beyond what the wash cycle provides. If your washing machine tub starts to smell musty or your "cleaned" clothes come out with black spots with no apparent cause, you might need to clean the inside of the machine. Cleaning a washing machine that smells or leaves black spots on clothing is relatively easy. [Read More]

3 Places to Check If Your Dishwasher Is Leaving Dishes with a Film

Dishwasher detergents and boosting agents often boast a dishwasher's ability to leave your dishes and glassware spot free and crystal clear. But problems in the dishwasher or within your home's water system can leave you with filmy dishes despite your best efforts. If you know that your home doesn't have hard water that could pump a lot of minerals out of any faucet in your home, there are a few other potential causes of filmy dishes. [Read More]