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

Steven Cox

Steven Cox

Recent Posts by Steven Cox:

Afraid of Fall Allergies This Season?

It's mid September, your kids are back in school, and the routine is just starting to feel normal again. Still, there's one annual routine we know you'd rather do without: your seasonal allergies! You can use over-the-counter allergy medications combined with home maintenance tips to make your house a safe haven from the pollution outdoors!

Topics: Air Quality

What to Expect with an HVAC Service

Working with a professional HVAC service in northern Virginia means enjoying problem-free heating and cooling throughout the year. Professional help is the best way to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently for continual energy savings, as well as prevent breakdowns that affect your home comfort and disrupt your daily schedule. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from your HVAC service and how their professional attention is the key to greater home comfort and value.

Topics: Heating Service A/C Service

When Do You Need a Professional Electrician? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Owning a home comes with a great deal of responsibility, including upkeep and maintenance. For some home improvement jobs, you may be able to tackle the work yourself. However, when it comes to your electrical system, it’s best to leave it up to a professional electrician in Alexandria, Virginia. Electrical problems can cause fires, shocks, and other hazardous situations. If your house is more than 25 years old and you have never updated your electrical system, have a professional electrician perform an inspection so that you can be sure you’re safe and up to code. Issues with your circuit breaker such as frequent blown fuses or flickering lights can also indicate a larger issue that should be repaired by an electrician. Check out this infographic to learn more about when you should call an electrician. Please share with your friends and neighbors.

Topics: infographic Electrical

Repair or Replace My Water Heater?

Your home’s water heater plays an important part in your everyday activities, from washing clothing and dishes to bathing in comfort. Getting to know your water heater can help you learn how to maintain it properly to improve its efficiency, as well as spot changes in function that signal the need for a professional plumbing assessment. Most water heaters can be expected to last 10-20 years, depending on the model—staying apprised of your water heater’s age and performance can also help you decide whether to repair or replace it if something goes wrong.

Topics: plumbing

Ask Furr: I think my garbage disposal is stuck, what do I do?


"I think my garbage disposal is stuck, what do I do?" Question submitted by Laura W. Fair Lakes, VA

Topics: hvac service garbage disposal

Need an HVAC Tune-Up? When to Call the Professionals

Your HVAC system is designed to function efficiently without requiring much help from you. However, regular tune-ups are needed to ensure the system is clean and replace or repair parts as they become worn with use. Although you should plan to schedule regular tune-ups with your professional HVAC service regardless of your system’s function, there are a few noticeable signs that your furnace or air conditioner are struggling and needs a little extra help. Addressing these issues as soon as you notice them will help you keep your energy bills low and prevent a complete breakdown in your heating or cooling system.

Topics: Heating Service A/C Service

It Might Be Time To Replace Your HVAC System If...

Your HVAC system is likely the most important home comfort component that you have installed in your house. So when it comes down to it, taking care of your heating and cooling unit is high on the priority list! So what do you do if you've noticed that it's not working the way it used to. Is it too old, does it need a tuneup? If you've got concerns that it might be time to replace your HVAC system, here are some sure signs that you should consider installing a new system for your home!

Topics: Cooling and Heating hvac service Heating Service A/C Service

How a Plumber Can Help with High Water Bills

If your water bills have begun to climb without a corresponding change in the way you use water, it’s a sure sign that professional help is needed. High water bills often result from inefficient or damaged plumbing, which causes excess water waste that translates directly into higher monthly costs for you. Your professional plumber can help you find the source of your high water bills and eliminate it to reduce your water usage and lower your monthly utility payments to help your home save water and money.

Topics: plumbing

Plumbers: From Pipe Cleaning to Plumbing System Replacement

Your home plumbing system delivers the water you need when you need it, then carries wastewater away from your home for treatment. Plumbing issues can run the gamut from small inconveniences to major emergencies, but your Fairfax County plumber is here to help you handle them all. Whether you’re experiencing a slow drain or are dealing with widespread issues due to an aging plumbing system, calling in a plumber for professional help is the key to restoring your home’s plumbing function smoothly and stress-free.

Topics: plumbing

Ask Furr: How do I change my HVAC Air Filter?

Question Submitted by Angie L. Gainesville, VA : "How do I change my HVAC air filter?"

Topics: Air Quality hvac service Heating Service A/C Service