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

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient In Virginia

Going green doesn’t mean parting with your hard-earned green, or worse, living uncomfortably. These non-invasive steps can help you leave a smaller carbon footprint and enjoy a lower utility bill.

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

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!