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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What's the advantage to bottom freezer refrigerators?

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?

Calculating Convection Oven Cooking Times

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.

5 Ways Double Ovens Make Life Easier

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

What is the right size washer for you?

A lot of factors come into play when deciding how big your washer should be. But if you've got the space and the money, you should definitely go big. Here's why.

5 Benefits of Induction Cooktops

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?

Washing Machine Water Usage

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?

5 Innovative Vacuum Cleaner Features

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

Do steam dryers eliminate the need for ironing?

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.

5 Efficient Features of Top-load Washers

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.

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.