Home Appliances

Home appliances make life easier, but what's really going on inside them? HowStuffWorks Home Appliances articles take a look inside common household appliances.

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Does your dishwasher stick out like a sore thumb? Well, it doesn't have to. Use one of these creative solutions to hide your kitchen's workhorse.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Mixers are time- and labor-saving tools for mixing batter, dough and whipped cream. But with attachments, they become powerful, multipurpose kitchen engines. See what accessories we've found to be indispensable.

By Heather Kolich

You don't have to be limited to only one of an appliance. If it makes sense and you have room for it, go crazy and buy in multiples.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Refrigerators used to be split into two down the middle, but these days, many refrigerators keep the freezer on the bottom. What's the benefit?

By Emilie Sennebogen

Before you test out your favorite old cookie recipe in your new convection oven, you'll need to make a few adjustments to time and temperature. This chart will help you avoid the burns that come with switching oven types.

By Julia Layton

Double ovens double your cooking pleasure in ways you may not have considered. Let's look at the top five.

By Kim Williamson

Induction cooking uses electromagnetism to heat pots and pans in a jiffy, avoiding wasted energy and allowing greater control over temperatures. So is it worth the price?

By Julia Layton

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While the ease of washing clothes has gotten very high, so has the use of water and energy to get those clothes clean. How much water does washing one load of laundry use?

By Sara Elliott

Vacuums have come a long way since they were first introduced, but the ones on the market today have really made some strides.

By Sara Elliott

Most of us hate to iron, but it's a necessary evil. Or is it? There may be a new dryer on the market that can eliminate this thankless chore all together.

By Sara Elliott

Front-load washers are all the rage right now, but high-efficiency top-load washers have five features that sill beat their shiny new counterparts.

By Sara Elliott

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You've been wondering how to test a blower motor. Learn how to test a blower motor in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

You finally bought that refrigerator with an automatic ice make and a cold water dispenser, and now you have to hook up a water line to the refrigerator. Learn how to hook up a waterline to a refrigerator in this article.

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If you're planning to do renovations in your home, it's important that you know how to understand electrical outlets. This article will help you learn how to understand electrical outlets.

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Your water heater isn't heating up the water properly, and you'd like to learn how to diagnose a water heater problem. Learn about how to diagnose a water heater problem in this article.

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You installed a sump pump to save money, but now it's costing you even more. Learn about how to diagnose sump pump problems in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Defrosting a freezer can give you more storage space and help the freezer run more efficiently. Learn about how to defrost a freezer in this article.

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Most people would like to make their appliances last longer. Learn about how to make appliances last longer in this article.

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Air conditioning has fundamentally changed how people experience the world. When it's hot outside, walking into an air-conditioned house is like walking into another season. How do air conditioners keep us cool?

By Marshall Brain, Charles W. Bryant & Sara Elliott

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If you thought your air conditioner worked by simply pumping in cold air, you’re way off base. Learn about how Freon is utilized in air conditioning, in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Washing machines clean dirty laundry, but they need to be cleaned, as well, from time to time. Learn how to clean a washing machine in this article.

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If your kitchen seems too cramped or crowded, consider replacing your oven with a built-in wall unit. This article shows you how to install a wall oven.

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Whether you're repairing a leaky bathtub, or replacing it entirely, you'll need to install a new drain. Read this article to learn how to install a bathtub drain.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Some people prefer to sharpen a knife by moving the blade in circles against sandpaper, while others keep the blade at an angle. Learn how to sharpen a knife with sandpaper from this article.

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Waterless urinals still haven't quite broken through to the mainstream, but they can save users billions of gallons of water over standard models. Read on to find out how they work, and stay safe and sanitary.

By Matt Sailor