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Amy L.

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Proactive Vs Reactive: When To Replace Your HVAC System

Summer is just around the corner, and you’re concerned that your old HVAC system might not be up to the challenge of cooling your home during those hot summer months. This has got you thinking, “is it better to replace an old unit before it breaks down, or wait until you’ve got an emergency and replace it then?” It’s the debate of REactive vs. PROactive HVAC replacement!

Topics: HVAC Maintenance HVAC System Cooling

Smart Thermostat, Smart Investment, Smart Home!

As technology improves, our lives are becoming “smarter”! Smart phones, smart doorbells, even smart laundry systems! Adding a smart thermostat to your home is an investment in your HVAC system and savings that you’ll want to make right away! 

The Nest Learning Thermostat is a programmable thermostat with advanced technology designed to make climate control automated and customized around your lifestyle. One of the most important benefits of a programmable thermostat is the savings that occur when you customize your home’s temperature to adjust based off the needs of your family. Of course, smart home technology wouldn’t be “smart” if it didn’t give you the ability to control the system from your smartphone or tablet. Yes, you can control your comfort without letting your eyes stray away from your phone, which is the level of convenience we’re all accustomed to these days! 

Topics: Home Investment smart thermostat nest thermostat

4 Plumbing Warning Signs Homeowners Should Be Aware Of!

What in the world would we do without the miraculous invention of indoor plumbing? We know life would be a lot dirtier and less convenient! 

Even though the plumbing system is a huge aspect of home comfort, many homeowners avoid maintenance and don’t consider what’s going on with their utilities until something breaks down…and plumbing breakdowns can be rough! From overflowing toilets and flooded basements, to freezing water and thousands of dollars wasted on small leaks. Plumbing problems just plain suck! Fortunately, there are some plumbing warning signs that you can watch out for that might alert you to potential issues. In addition to being aware of visual signs or strange noises hat can become problems down the line, you can also have a professional plumber maintain your plumbing system annually so you’ll be protected from disastrous breakdowns that leave you feeling stressed and scrambling to get a plumber in your home right away. Check out the 4 common warning signs of plumbing problems below!

Topics: plumbing maintenance Home Maintenance indoor plumbing

Does Your Plumbing Rely On Your Heating During The Winter?

Most of the population can agree that frigid winter cold just plain sucks! In fact, if your home’s plumbing system could speak, it would wholeheartedly agree. That’s because your plumbing is heavily reliant on your HVAC system during those freezing days and nights of winter. 

Plumbing’s Winter Woes

Topics: plumbing Winterizing Heating and Cooling System

Ask Furr: Why Do I Hear A Buzzing Sound In My Wall?

“Why am I hearing intermittent buzzing sounds behind my wall? Is something wrong with my electrical system?” -Joe B., Rockville, MD

Topics: Electrical AskFurr

5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Replacing Their HVAC System

So your HVAC system finally bit the dust, huh? We know that’s a bad feeling, especially when you weren’t expecting such a huge appliance replacement. With winter’s chill seeping in quickly, you might be rushing, trying to get some heat back into your house, but be aware of these common mistakes that homeowners tend to make when replacing their HVAC system.

  • Purchasing The Wrong Size Equipment - Bigger doesn’t always mean better! According to the Department of Energy, a large percentage of people who replace their HVAC systems end up getting the wrong size for their home’s needs. This can result in utility bills that skyrocket, damaged equipment, build-up of mold in the ductwork, and just overall uncomfortable living conditions. Make sure that you get a professional to verify the proper size based off of your home’s physical characteristics.
  • Going Cheaper - You know the old saying “You get what you pay for!” This is a prime example of that! If at all financially possible, do your best not to scrape the bottom of the barrel for the cheapest option out there. The reason for this is to avoid a system that will break down prematurely, won’t function well, and will actually cost you more to operate than a higher efficiency model.

  • Having A Non-Professional Install The System - We’ve all been there, looking to save where we can, allowing a friend who knows a thing or two to install something in our home, only to realize it was done incorrectly. The HVAC unit is truly the heartbeat of your home’s comfort system, so it’s imperative that you choose a reliable, skilled HVAC contractor to install your equipment.

  • Not Getting A Warranty - When you purchase a new system, be sure that the company you buy from has written warranties and will be able to answer questions you might have about the unit. If a company or contractor is not willing to stand behind the products and services that they provide, you should beware.

  • Not Getting A Maintenance Plan - Most reputable contractors will sell maintenance plans for home comfort systems. When you purchase a new HVAC unit, you should also enroll in a maintenance plan. F.H. Furr’s Preferred Partner Plans cover maintenance for your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, so you’ll be covered in all areas of your home comfort needs. 

The best way to avoid mistakes is to give us a call! We’ll help you find the proper size and brand of HVAC system for your home requirements, we’ll install the system correctly and with professionalism, and we’ll maintain that systems and keep it running smoothly and efficiently for years to come! Don’t hesitate, when you need us, we’ll be there!

Topics: HVAC Maintenance HVAC Replacement

Plumbing: Signs Your Water Has Too Much Iron

The quality of your home’s water might not be something you put much thought into, but the reality is, the water that travels through the system into your home can come with all sorts of sediment and deposits. Many of these impurities are normal and completely harmless, but a high concentration of something could begin to cause issues. For example, an overload of iron in your water!

One of the major signs that homeowners notice first with an iron problem is orange staining, so if you’ve noticed this, then read on! Although iron isn’t harmful to the body, it can cause several issues with your water:

Topics: Plumbing Water iron

Is Your Home Safe From Carbon Monoxide This Winter?

We all know that having smoke detectors installed in the home is a must, but what you might not know is that carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are just as vital to your safety, especially during the winter months!

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), when winter temperatures plummet, the heating system in the home runs for hours, which can put your home at a high risk for a carbon monoxide leak. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency room due to accidentally carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 430 people die from it. If your home does not have a functioning carbon monoxide detector, you need to call your electrician immediately to have one installed properly! 

Topics: Carbon Monoxide Winterizing Home safety

F.H. Furr Wins Coveted Angie's List Super Service Award!

F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Earns
2020 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

MANASSAS, Virginia, January 27, 2021 – F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2020.

6 Signs That You Water Heater Is On The Brink Of A Breakdown!

Most homeowners notice there’s an issue with their water heater when the water just stops running hot! The downside of noticing the problem late is that once there’s no more hot water, that usually means there’s a pretty big issue to fix. The best way to keep your water heater running hotter longer is to take note of signs that appear early on that warn you if it’s going downhill!

In the summer, you might not notice or care if the water is more warm than hot, but during these cold winter months, you’re going to want piping hot water for your baths and showers—not to mention laundry and other household cleaning needs. When water heaters are on the brink of a breakdown, they often exhibit one or more of these signals that you should take note of:

Topics: Plumbing water heater problems