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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Bad?

Posted on June 20, 2019

As much as we all want our homes to be smelling clean and fresh whenever we turn our air conditioner on, sometimes they, unfortunately, do not. Ever come home from work, turn on the AC, and it smells like someone …

Can I Use My Plumbing During a Power Outage?

Posted on April 16, 2018

Power outages, though fairly common around here, are a huge chore every time they happen. Your home is exposed to risks, you can’t see anything, and all of your favorite appliances are down for the count. But when the lights …

How to Avoid Plumbing Scams in Northern Virginia

Posted on March 27, 2018

It’s never pleasant to think that someone might be bending the truth, or outright lying. And it’s often even worse when it’s someone you’re supposed to be able to trust! But whether we like it or not, scams persist, and …

My Heat Exchanger Is Cracked: What It Means & What to Do

Posted on February 16, 2018

So your heat exchanger is cracked. Or that’s what your HVAC contractor (or heating-savvy family member) has told you. What does this mean? Is it a big deal? Is it actually time to go for a furnace replacement, or can …

4 Things to Do When Your Pipes Freeze

Posted on January 16, 2018

It’s been getting pretty frigid this winter. With those sub-freezing—sometimes even sub-zero!— temperatures, the risk of your pipes freezing over increases substantially. You might be thinking that turning on a faucet to drip water will prevent that particular headache, but …

Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Posted on December 19, 2017

Winters can get a bit nippy in Northern Virginia. It might not be Antarctic cold, but it’s cold enough that most of us are going to be bundling up for the holidays. And while the winter months bring a season …

What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on November 21, 2017

Turkey, ham, stewed apples, cranberry sauce and dressing—what’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Unfortunately, while most of us enjoy stuffing ourselves with stuffing on Thanksgiving day, cleaning up after dinner for your entire family (and extended family, and everyone’s plus-one) …

What to Do About a Noisy Furnace

Posted on October 25, 2017

Both gas and electric furnaces can encounter a nearly endless array of issues and complications over the years. But out of all of them, odd noises might be the worst of them all from the viewpoint of a homeowner. They’re …

Is It Okay that My Heat Pump Is Blowing Cool Air?

Posted on October 20, 2017

Outside of the obvious “you had it set to cool on accident” situation, a heat pump should never really be blowing cool air during the winter months. If you’re having this problem, then you’re probably a little confused, maybe a bit …

What Are the Best Thermostat Settings for Winter?

Posted on October 15, 2017

With the season now in fall, winter isn’t far off. This means you’ll soon be revving up your furnace, kicking your boiler into gear, or switching your heat pumps to the warmer settings. But there’s a problem every energy-conscious homeowner …

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