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

Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump…What’s The Difference?

During the winter months, there’s no better feeling than coming inside from the frigid temperatures and experiencing that blast of cozy, heated air to greet you. Well winter is officially here, and maintaining your heating system is important if you want it to continue pumping that warm air throughout your house—the thing is, not all heating systems are the same, in fact, there are three different types: furnace, boiler, and heat pump. This can be confusing, but it’s important to know what type of system you have so that you and your HVAC professional can maintain it properly. Additionally, if you’re in the market for a new heating system, we’ve added a few pros and cons to each unit description to help you decide which might be right for your home. Here’s the lowdown on furnaces vs. boilers vs. heat pumps!

How To Reignite Your Gas Water Heater Pilot Light

So your gas water heater stopped heating your water? What a nightmare! Before you give in to cold showers or call your local plumber, consider one simple component of your system that might fix it all. Your pilot light! Unless you have an automatic pilot light, gas water heater pilot lights must be manually reignited if they go out. There are several different reasons your pilot light might have been extinguished, including faulty thermocouple (the component of your water heater that senses when your pilot light is lit), not enough combustible air, or the flame was simply blown out due to a draft. No matter the issue, it’s a good idea to let your plumber know during their annual maintenance that the pilot light went out and you had to reignite it. If it continues to go out, call in your trusted plumber to determine the issue and fix it!

Topics: Heating Service DIY Gas Hot Water Heater

Infographic: Heating System Statistics!

No matter what kind of heating system you have, it should be inspected, cleaned and serviced at least once a year! 🛠️ 

 

Topics: hvac service HVAC Maintenance HVAC

What Is A Short Circuit And How Can You Prevent It?

We’ve all experienced this at some point, or at least seen it in the movies; the power goes out, someone yells “Must be a short, I’ll check the circuit breaker!”  Short circuits are actually fairly common, but they can be dangerous and a warning sign of an electrical hazard, so it’s important to know what short circuits are and how you can prevent them in your home! 

What IS A Short Circuit?

Topics: Electrician short circuit

Infographic: Four Tips On Hanging Christmas Lights Safely!

Here are some safety tips for hanging your Christmas lights! 💡🎄

 

Topics: Decorative Lights

Infographic: 4 Ways Humidity Is Beneficial For You And Your Home!

Here are 4 benefits to having a whole home humidifier in your home!

 

Infographic: D.I.Y Cleaner For Your Garbage Disposal

Does your garbage disposal give off an unpleasant smell🤢? Here is a D.I.Y cleaner that will help eliminate food and grime build-up!

Topics: garbage disposal