Appliances

 

KITCHEN

Dishwasher Dirty Dishes

 

Dirty dishes in the dishwasher? If dishes won't come clean in your dishwasher, the problem could be a clogged chopper assembly, which can restrict water flow.


Dishwasher Won't Start

 

Dishwasher won't start? Lights don't go on? The problem could simply be a blown thermal fuse inside the control panel. You can purchase a new fuse and fix the dishwasher yourself.


Thermal Fuse

 

Freezer: If your freezer has stopped freezing and only works after it is unplugged, then plugged back in (rebooted), your problem may be a faulty thermal fuse, or thermistor. Here's how to check -- and replace it, if needed -- as well as the defrost sensor.     Part 1     Part 2


Toaster

 

Repair a toaster? Is it worth it? Find out what it takes in this two-part, instructional video. And be sure to check out the viewer comments for additional tips.     Part 1     Part 2


Oven Door

 

Oven glass: Are ugly food spills staining the glass inside your oven door? Easily take apart your oven door and clean the glass inside and out! Caution: The door is heavy, so you may need two people to lift it out.


Thermal Fuse

 

Refrigerator: If your refrigerator has stopped cooling and only works after it is unplugged, then plugged back in (rebooted), then your problem may be a faulty thermal fuse, or thermistor. Here's how to check -- and replace it, if needed.     Part 1      Part 2


Motherboard

 

Refrigerator / freezer won’t cool? If you have a Samsung, the problem could be your compressor start relay, which is integrated into the motherboard. Here’s how to replace the motherboard.


 

BATHROOM

Bathroom Fan

 

Noisy bathroom fan? Chances are you don't need to replace the entire unit. The blower wheel, or fan, may be loose on its axle. Here's how to replace the blower wheel.


 

DVD/CD PLAYERS

CD Tray Star Wars

 

Jammed tray in your DVD or CD player? You might be able to fix it using the "Star Wars" technique! Or you might try a more workable suggestion below for the price of a plumbing part.


CD Tray

 

DVD or CD player won't open? Before shelling out money for a new one, try this simple repair for less than a couple of bucks! The part is easily obtainable at your home center or hardware store.


 

DEHUMIDIFIERS

Dehumidifier Works

 

Demystifying the dehumidifier: It's really just a simple machine once you get to know it! Understanding how it works can help you troubleshoot and identify any problems you may be having.


Dehumidifier Cleaning

 

Demystifying the dehumidifier Part 2: Here's how to easily take yours apart for cleaning, maintenance or repairs. All you'll need are some basic tools -- like a screwdriver.


Dehumidifier Icing

 

Demystifying the dehumidifier Part 3: If your dehumidifier ices up or freezes up, here's why and what you can do about it! You should have your dehumidifier running again in no time.


 

HEATING/COOLING

Electric Stove

 

Electric stove heating unit: Have the "flames" gone out in your freestanding electric stove heating unit? Easily restore them with a pair of light bulbs and a screwdriver.


Geothermal Maintenance

 

Geothermal heating: The condensate drain tube in your geothermal furnace/heating unit should be cleared of debris annually. Here's what to do and what could happen if you don't.


 

LAMPS AND LIGHT-DUTY APPLIANCES

Electrical Plug

 

Replace the plug: Don't throw that lamp or light-duty appliance away just because there's a short in the electrical plug. For a few dollars, you can replace the plug yourself.


 

TELEVISION

TV Antenna

 

Ready to "cut the cord?" Make this powerful, digital TV antenna and watch TV for free! Complete, detailed step-by-step instructions, right down to what size screws you need!


TV Antenna Configure

 

Set up your TV antenna! Here's how to set up your do-it-yourself digital TV antenna -- or most any TV antenna -- and how to configure your TV to receive antenna signals.


 

VACUUM CLEANER

Vacuum Cleaner

 

Vacuum attachment stuck? You don't need to buy a new vacuum cleaner or a new hose. Easily free the latch on the attachment with a flat-blade screwdriver, and the attachment should come off.