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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How to Test a Blower Motor

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

How to Hook Up a Water Line to a Refrigerator

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.

How to Understand Electrical Outlets

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.

How to Diagnose a Water Heater Problem

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.

How to Diagnose Sump Pump Problems

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.

How to Defrost a Freezer

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.

How to Make Appliances Last Longer

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

How Air Conditioners Work

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?

How is Freon utilized in air conditioning?

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.

How can you clean a washing machine?

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.

How to Verify Refurbished Electronics are Legitimate

You'd like to learn how to verify that the refurbished electronics you want to buy are legitimate. Learn about how to verify refurbished electronics are legitimate in this article.

How to Install a Wall Oven

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.

How to Install a Bathtub Drain

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.

How do you sharpen a knife with sandpaper?

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.

10 Stand-up Facts About Waterless Urinals

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.

How much water do waterless urinals really save?

Waterless urinals are designed to work without H20. So exactly how much water do they save compared to standard models? You might be surprised to find out.

How to Diagnose Dishwasher Problems

A problem with your dishwasher is easier to diagnose than you might think. Learn about how to diagnose dishwasher problems in this article.

How to Make a Solar Oven

You want to make a solar oven, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make a solar oven in this article.

How to Drain a Water Heater

You noticed that your hot-water heater is not functioning properly, and probably needs draining.

Are high-efficiency washers worth the expense?

The price tags on some of the newer high-efficiency washing machines might cause you to hesitate. But if you look at the costs of running a washer over the long haul, something that uses less energy becomes a bit more appealing.

How does design affect a dryer's energy efficiency?

It's hard not to love the warm feeling of soft, puffy clothes straight from the dryer. But clothes dryers are energy hogs, and it takes a lot of heat to get your shirts that way. Does the type of machine you use make a difference?

Top 5 High-efficiency (HE) Detergents

If you have a high-efficiency washing machine, you'll need high-efficiency detergent -- or else you might find a mountain of suds in your laundry room. Which brands are available?

Are washer/dryer combination machines energy efficient?

Washer/dryer combinations are compact and convenient for small spaces, eliminating the need for two separate machines. But are they really as energy efficient as they seem?

Gas vs. Electric: Which dryer is more energy efficient?

Buying a new household appliance is usually a long-term investment, whether you're replacing an old unit or setting up home for the first time. Before you buy a clothes dryer, though, you need to understand the difference between the two types that are most commonly available: gas and electric.

What are 'high-efficiency' dryers?

Your clothes dryer is one of the highest energy-consuming appliances in your home. But even with all the energy-saving appliances on the market today, do high-efficiency dryers exist?


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