Heating & Cooling Repair: Tips and Step-By-Step Guides
Steam Radiator and Air Valve Repair
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a steam radiator including air valve or air vent.
Repairing a Central Air Conditioning System
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems.
How to Clean a Steam Radiator Air Valve
Tutorial describes how to easily clean a clogged radiator air valve that is stuck open.
Troubleshooting a High Efficiency Condensing Furnace
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct-vent condensing furnace.
How Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
Furnace Pressure Switch
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
Vent Pipe for High Efficiency Furnaces - PVC – ABS - CPVC
Tutorial describes types of plastic high efficiency furnace vent piping (ABS, PVC, CPVC) and types of furnace vent systems such as direct vent (two-pipe) and non-direct vent (one-pipe).
How to Replace a Humidifier Solenoid
This photo rich tutorial describes how to replace a faulty solenoid on a flow-through style furnace humidifier.
Gas Furnace Types and Efficiencies
This tutorial describes the various types and efficiencies of gas furnaces found in the home including high efficiency, standard or mid efficiency, low efficiency, single stage, two stage and modulating furnaces.
Anatomy of a High Efficiency Condensing Furnace
Describes the construction and components of the high efficiency condensing furnace and how it compares to a conventional furnace.
Tutorial describing maintenance tips for drum style and flow-through drip style humidifiers.
Types of Home Air Conditioning Systems
Tutorial review the most commonly used air conditioning and cooling systems in the home including window air conditioner, portable air conditioner, ductless or split system air conditioners and central air conditioning.
Residential Steam Boilers
Describes the residential home boiler, piping systems and boiler controls.
Top Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair Tutorials
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
Steam Radiator Air Vents - Air Valves
Describes how venting air valves work on a steam radiator, the sizes of the valves and where they are used in a residential steam boiler heating system.
Heating and Cooling Systems Descriptions
This U.S. Department of Energy overview of all types of heating and cooling systems provides an excellent reference of energy conserving and performance issues to consider if you have to replace or upgrade.
Do It Yourself Home Energy Audit
This comprehensive checklist provides you a way to evaluate your home and identify and prioritize potential energy efficiency upgrades.
Home Heating Safety Tips
Review this helpful guide to home heating safety tips.
Measuring Furnace Air Filter Efficiency
Describes how the effectiveness of furnace filters are measured using Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV.
Selecting a New Water Heater
This helpful reference provides an overview of the various options you have when replacing your water heater including conventional, on demand (tankless), indirect, even solar.
Window Air Conditioner Maintenance
This tutorial describes how to maintain a window mounted room air conditioner.
Heating and Cooling Terms You Need to Know
Assembly of often used terms in heating and cooling systems for the home
Troubleshooting a Home Furnace and Air Conditioning Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
How to Light a Gas Furnace Standing Pilot
This tutorial describes how a furnace pilot and thermocouple work and how to light a standing pilot on a gas furnace.
Anatomy of the Humidifier - How a Humidifier Works
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
Types of Home Heating Systems
Describes the most common types of home heating systems including forced air, hydronic hot water baseboard, radiant in floor heat, steam heat radiation and Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP).
Troubleshooting a Conventional Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various conventional gas furnace problems.
Types of Home Electric Heaters
Tutorial describing the types of electric heaters typically found in a home including cove, wall, toe kick and baseboard.
Electronic Ignition Furnace - Overview and Repair
The gas electronic ignition furnace is the most common type of new furnace but requires a special understanding of its components for repair of hot surface ignition and intermittent pilot systems.
Seasonal Furnace Maintenance
Follow these simple tips for seasonal maintenance on your furnace to help keep it running efficiently and safely.