February 4th, 2019
Let’s put it this way—it certainly won’t help your furnace! This is why we recommend to our customers that they replace their air filters every 1-3 months. This isn’t just a random suggestion—doing so will ensure that you get the most effective and efficient use out of your HVAC systems as you can. Considering how much you’ve likely already used your furnace this winter, we’d venture to guess that you’d like to do whatever you can to prevent costly heater repair in Fairfax, VA.
One way to help with this is by performing one small DIY maintenance task—changing out your air filter. You might be surprised to find just how important this little HVAC component is. It does more than protect your indoor air quality (actually, that’s not even its intended purpose)—it protects the system itself.
January 21st, 2019
Your plumbing system is expansive, making its way through your home to your bathrooms, kitchen, garage, and more. Most of the pipes snaking through your property are hidden from view. Of course, this means that when you have a plumbing problem, it can be hard to detect. If you suspect you have a plumbing issue, you can call on a professional Waterford, VA plumber, such as one of the members of our team.
But to know that you have a problem, you first need to know what to look and listen for. There are a number of signs that indicate you may need pipe repair, or even repiping. Sometimes just a partial repiping is needed, but in other cases—and especially in older homes—a whole-house repiping may be recommended. Keep reading to learn more.
January 7th, 2019
It goes without saying that there is a certain standard by which you hold your home’s heating system—you want it to offer your household enough warmth to raise the indoor temperature to a comfortable level. After all, that’s what your heater is for, right?
But the amount of heat is just the beginning. Providing adequate comfort to a house requires moving the heat around to different rooms via the ductwork attached to it. If some rooms are getting too warm while others feel like meat lockers, it’s called uneven heating, and it’s not something you should settle for. Unfortunately, it is a fairly common problem that homeowners encounter, and it almost always calls for professional heating repair in Leesburg VA.
December 24th, 2018
Water heaters are, historically, very sturdy systems, designed to last quite a long time. This is especially true if you care for yours properly by scheduling routine maintenance for it. It’s important to note, though, than no matter how well you take care of your water heater, it won’t last forever.
The trick is being able to recognize when your water heater is, in fact, on its last legs so you can upgrade it before it has a chance to break down on you entirely—something that is inconvenient any time of the year, but especially in the winter! Do you really want to find out your water heater failed by hopping into the shower and be greeted with ice-cold water? We didn’t think so!
So without further ado, below are some warning signs that indicate it’s time for you to go ahead and explore a water heater replacement.
December 10th, 2018
It’s, of course, something you never want to happen, but sometimes it is just inevitable. Your furnace breaks down with no warning. It goes from seemingly performing great all day and night to either stopping or not turning on at all. Of course, the risk of this occurring is less if you invested in heater maintenance this fall. But even with this service, the need for heating repair in Fairfax, VA may come up.
And usually, the first sign that this is the case is strange or loud noises coming from your furnace. It might be accompanied by unusual heating performance, but not always. Sometimes the strange noise is literally the first indication something is amiss. But what causes those noises? We’ll get into that below, along with why you don’t want to hear them and what they may mean. First, we do want to stress how important it is to call a pro for this service, both for repair effectiveness and your safety. We are sharing this information with you below so you’ll be better informed and will know what to expect when a pro enters your home to do a heating inspection.
November 26th, 2018
Chances are at some time or another you’ve had to deal with a plumbing problem of some kind. One of the most common of those is the ever formidable leak. But what makes them so scary?
Well, there’re a few things. First of all, even if a leak seems “minor,” like a dripping faucet or the like, it can create gallons of wasted water over the course of a year. A “minor” plumbing problem can trick you into thinking it’s not that big of a deal. That is, until you notice the cost of your water usage starting to rise.
November 12th, 2018
That time of year is here again—it’s time to start using our heaters on a regular basis for a few months or more.
Let’s say you get up one morning though, and your furnace isn’t running—so you go to the thermostat and turn up the heat. You wait … and nothing happens. You panic. Is your furnace completely broken down? Do you need a new one?
We’ll be honest, if you have an older system and/or you have skipped your maintenance appointment, this is a possibility. However, there could be a number of reasons a furnace would fail to startup or turn on for another cycle. Yes, you should call for professional heating services in Ashburn when this occurs, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below on what might be going on.
October 29th, 2018
The short answer to this is, “yes.” But that shouldn’t deter you from considering this HVAC system as your next home comfort installation, if you don’t already have one! This is actually one of the most common options for heating and cooling in modern homes, and for good reason. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute air throughout the home by use of mini air handlers mounted on the wall in each of the rooms intended to be heated or cooled.
This set up allows for effective and efficient heating and cooling around the home. But it is important to know that ductless heat pump systems do have special needs and can malfunction in the same way a regular heat pump or air conditioner can, just with a few added factors to consider.
October 15th, 2018
While our temperatures certainly haven’t dropped to the point of freezing yet, we all know how hard winter can hit and the weather can take a turn. If you’re putting off any winter preparation for your home until we progress a bit more into fall, we urge you to reconsider. Particularly when it comes to your Reston, VA plumbing system.
Plumbing systems are not something a whole lot of homeowners think about on a routine basis. This is especially true for plumbing problems, such as frozen pipes. However, frozen pipes occur in enough homes for it to be worth preparing your pipes. Remember, even just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F weather can result in frozen pipes, which leads to burst pipes. Can you avoid this?
October 1st, 2018
When it comes to choosing the right cooling (and heating) system for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. You’ll want to look at the size of your home, your budgetary needs, how efficient the HVAC system is, and more. Our staff is here to help you make an educated decision in the manner. One system we frequently recommend to our clients is the ductless system, and for good reason!
Operating on heat pump technology, a ductless system can effectively cool your home in the summer while just as effectively heating it in the winter. This makes them a great choice for homeowners looking to replace both systems, install a new air conditioner altogether, or homeowners who just don’t want to deal with the indoor air quality and efficiency loss issues that ductwork can bring.
But they aren’t right for every home, and it is important to be aware of some of the repair needs you can run into if your system is not professionally installed or serviced, which we’ve highlighted below.