F.H. Furr's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Insider Blog

Common Air Conditioning System Problems and How to Get Them Serviced

Air conditioning problems can affect your comfort and health at home, particularly during the height of the cooling season. Common air conditioning problems can have a range of effects, from a complete shutdown of your A/C to a drastic increase in your cooling bills. If you experience a problem with your home’s HVAC system, calling in an air conditioning expert in Gaithersburg is the best way to restore comfort and energy efficiency quickly to minimize any disruption to your daily life.

Topics: A/C Service

Stormy Weather Ahead, Be Protected! Sump Pump Edition!


If you check the weather daily, then you've probably seen that rain and thunderstorms are here to stay this week! You might even be in the midst of a downpour as this is being written! Although we all love a good summer thunderstorm now and again, there are a few things that make these little tantrums of nature unpopular with most people. These include getting stuck in a torrential downpour, realizing the windows of your car were down, driving in said downpour and the kicker...flooding!

Topics: Flood Damage plumbing

A New Weapon To Fight Electrical Fires

Did you know that home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year? That's just one of many frightening facts from ESFi. At F.H. Furr, we understand the importance of keeping your home safe from the dangers of electrical issues.

DIY Water Pressure Solution

Have you ever turned on the kitchen sink to get some dishes cleaned, only to find that the water seems like it's only on halfway? If so, you're looking at an issue with your water pressure. You're not alone, though, it's one of the most common home plumbing issues out there. It can be frustrating, but there might be an easy solution that you can try before calling in the pros.

Faucets are generally equipped with a device known as an ‘aerator’ that sits on the tip of the faucet - this acts as a filter for the water coming out of the faucet to direct it in a more straightforward manner and keep the water from spraying in any direction. Over time, these aerators get clogged with mineral deposits and sediment causing a restriction in the water. This leads to the dreaded pressure issue. 

To fix this, all you need is a pair of pliers and some vinegar of any kind! First, you’ll want to make sure your water valves (typically located under the sink) are both shut off completely.

On a side note, if the water valves are not already completely opened, that may be the cause of your faucet’s low pressure! Next, take your pliers and carefully unscrew the aerator off the tip of your faucet. Once off, let it soak in some vinegar overnight and it should eat away the mineral buildup.

On the other hand, if you’re experiencing TOO much water pressure then your faucets may not have an aerator attachment at all! 

So give this DIY fix a whirl, and if you're still experiencing problems with your water pressure, give us a call! We'll send a plumber to your home for free! Together, we can get that water running smoothly again! 

10 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is two to five times worse than outdoor air. IAQ is not only important to your health but, also the comfort of your home. Listed below are the ways you can improve Indoor Air Quality in your home.

Electrical Safety: You May Not Realize These Things Pose A Danger

Homeowners within the Northern Virginia area know that electrical safety is important when it comes to their homes! From putting protective covers over their outlets, to being sure they have backup circuits on hand, they know their stuff! But what about the little things? Things that could pose electrical safety dangers that you might not consider. We've got a list of things you'll need to keep on eye out for if you consider yourself a safety guru like us!

 

1. Space Heaters

Topics: energy audits Electrical

Beware! 5 Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

If you come downstairs to find a flood of biblical proportions, that's a surefire way to tell that your pipes are leaking! But homeowners in Northern Virginia (and anywhere for that matter) would rather be aware of pipes BEFORE they burst! Much like your body gives you small indications you’re getting sick, your pipes give off warning signs that they're about to blow! To keep your home safe and comfortable this winter and watch out for these warning signs of a plumbing leak:
• Running water sounds. If you hear the sound of water even when no one in your home is doing the dishes or taking a shower, you may have pipes that are beginning to leak. A no-brainer rule is that if you hear running water, it’s probably running somewhere.

Topics: Emergency Service Flood Damage plumbing

Carbon Monoxide Awareness: The Importance of Maintenance Inspections

F.H. Furr takes the safety and wellbeing of our customers seriously; that’s why we want to send out a reminder for all of you homeowners out there to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. If you own fuel-burning appliances, including your heating system, you are not excused from the need to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 400 Americans die annually from CMP, and over 20,000 are hospitalized each year. Refer to the Center for Disease Control website for more information.

6 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Spring is finally here! After what seemed to be a never-ending winter, flowers are appearing, trees are blooming and our cars are turning yellow--wait, what’s that last part? Ah yes, the pollen has returned with Spring, dousing everything in its powdery yellow substance. For those of us who suffer with seasonal allergies, springtime can be the worst time of the year. Despite the beauty that’s growing all around us, the allergens are multiplying in the air, making the first few months of spring utterly miserable. Sneezing, sniffing, dry throat, itchy eyes; pollen’s symptoms know no end! If you’ve experienced these allergies, then you know that they can make you so miserable that you'd do just about anything to get away from them! When allergies hit, most of us seek the comfort of our homes to escape the outside air, yet often times, the air INSIDE your home can be just as bad as it is outside. So how can you make your home safe from seasonal allergies? Here are 7 tips to help improve your indoor air quality and clear out that seasonal pollen--because it has no place in your home!

Topics: Dust Air Quality Whole Home Humidifier hvac service

3 Ways To Add To Your Home's Value: HVAC Maintenance

Here at F.H. Furr, we're constantly telling you that maintaining your HVAC system will keep your home comfortable and make it more efficient! We say that because it's true! But this post is a little more in depth, it's for all you homeowners out there who are getting ready to sell your home. In Northern Virginia, people move around quite a bit, never exactly settling into one area. If that's the case for you, then you're probably looking for ways to increase your home's value before it goes on the market! We've got 3 reasons why HVAC Maintenance will help improve your home's value and make things a little easier on you!

1. It Will Help You Sell Faster

Topics: Home Investment Home Value hvac service