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Importance of Furnace Maintenance!

You may not want to think about cold weather coming, but it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the coming winter season. That means making sure that your heating system is ready to handle those days when the temperature barely rises above freezing. One of the…

Air Conditioner Replacement in Seven Corners

How long has your home been cooled by your current air conditioner? More importantly, how is it running? If you find yourself having to make frequent repairs, or if it is constantly breaking down, it may be time to replace your AC unit. Don’t let yourself become stressed by the…

What Is a GFI?

You interact with them multiple times a day but likely have no idea of their name or their real purpose in your home, office, grocery, coffee shop — any place with electrical outlets (so, everywhere). But… what are they? The Basics of GFI: Protecting You from Faulty Electrical Tools Ground…

Hiring an Electrician in Northern Virginia

When it comes to electrical work, you want to hire a reliable professional to ensure the safety of your family and your home. It’s important to be cautious of scams, overpriced services, and underqualified electricians. But what kinds of things should you be looking out for? Here are a few…

My Electrical Outlet Is Not Working

Whether you’re upgrading your existing AC unit or installing central air conditioning for the first time, you only want to consider the best equipment from today’s top manufacturers. A new air conditioner is one of the most substantial investments you can make for home comfort. It’s important to choose a unit…

Comfort Solutions for Larger Homes

In Northern Virginia, homes can range from small condos to large million dollar homes. The size of your home is directly correlated to how much you spend each month trying to heat or cool it. Whether you are in the large family home or an old, historic house, you know…

Conserving Energy Around the Holidays

Holiday celebrations combined with the cold winter months often result in high utility bills—which can be a major burden around the holidays. At John Nugent & Sons, we understand that no one wants to spend their hard earned money on utility bills. But there are some ways you can maximize…

Why Is My Northern Virginia Home Heating Unevenly?

Whether you live in a multi-level home or a one bedroom apartment, you might experience hot spots throughout different rooms. From cracks in window sealing to improper insulation to dirty air filters—there are many reasons why you could experience poor air circulation. If you notice some rooms in your home…

4 Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bills This Winter

When the cold Northern Virginia winter arrives, you instinctively turn up the temperature in your home—which also causes the numbers on your electric bill to rise. Although keeping your family warm is your top priority, it can be costly! In order to help reduce costs, John Nugent & Sons has…

Six Reasons to Schedule AC Replacement

What’s stopping you from scheduling an air conditioner replacement this year? Many homeowners in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and other areas in Northern VA are deterred by the thought of the initial investment without considering the numerous benefits they could start taking advantage of right now. At John Nugent &…

Making the Switch from R-22 to R-410A Air Conditioning Units

Refrigerants are what make air conditioning your Northern VA home possible—these liquid agents cool and dehumidify indoor air. For many years, the most common refrigerant used in air conditioning systems in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout the country was R-22, or Freon. However, since R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon, it…

How to Prevent Your Water Pipes from Freezing

The wintertime around Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Northern Virginia can produce temperatures in the teens—and even below—which means homeowners in the area should take steps now to prevent frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause your pipes to burst—this can cause major problems and create…

Solving Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are extremely frustrating – especially when they start to disrupt your day. You rely on your plumbing system a lot, so any small problem can cause you major hassles. Luckily, some issues are easy to fix on your own! Before calling a professional, see if any of these…

Dealing with a Noisy Air Conditioner

Do you hear odd noises coming from your AC system? Noises coming from an air conditioning unit can be due to a number of reasons, depending on the type of unit you have. You should not ignore these noises—they most likely indicate that your unit requires professional AC repair services….

Choosing the Best New Air Conditioner

Buying a new air conditioner can be overwhelming. Whether you’re buying your first new system or you’ve upgraded a couple times, it can be an intimidating process—there are so many options to choose from! You will be using your new air conditioner for years to come, so you want to…

My Gas Furnace Won’t Ignite

Here at John Nugent & Sons, we routinely receive phone calls from residents of Fairfax, Arlington, Reston, and throughout Northern VA who say something to the extent of “my gas furnace won’t ignite.” We’re in the middle of the cold season, which makes your gas furnace the most important appliance in your…

Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing?

As reliable as they usually are, air conditioners can cause headaches at the worst possible time. Even if you change the filters and schedule regular AC maintenance like you’re supposed to, there is still a chance your air conditioner will freeze up at some point over the summer. The summer months in…

Knowing When to Repair or Replace Your Heater

Dealing with frustrating heater problems in Arlington, Centreville, Reston or anywhere in Northern Virginia can be a nightmare, especially considering the cold temperatures we get in this area. Here at John Nugent & Sons, we specialize in providing VA heating repair services, and we want to help you recognize the…

Tips to Keep Your House Cool

Summers in the Northern Virginia area are notorious for being hot, sticky, and generally pretty miserable (but we still love them). This means you have to crank up the air conditioner and watch as your energy bills increase. But there are alternative ways to keep your house cool that can…

How Heat Pumps Work

Curious about how heat pumps work? You’ve come to the right place! As a leading service provider of heat pump installation in Virginia, John Nugent & Sons can explain exactly how this cooling and heating system operates. Yes, you read that correctly. A heat pump is both a cooling and…

How Geothermal Heating Systems Help You Save Money

It’s true that the initial purchase of a geothermal heating system may cost you more than that of a comparable gas-fired furnace or a central air-conditioning system. However, you can save a significant amount of money each month by selecting a geothermal system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)….

Signs You Might Have Heat Pump Trouble

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to both heat and cool your home. Like any other HVAC equipment, heat pumps require proper maintenance. Small problems that are not addressed in a timely manner can lead to expensive compressor problems later on. There are several heat pump trouble signs you should…

Heat Pump Tax Credit

Here at John Nugent & Sons, our phone lines have been busy ever since Congress passed the “fiscal cliff” avoidance legislation on Jan. 2, 2013. The measure reinstated 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment. The legislation retroactively extends the HVAC tax credits that expired in…

Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air: Is This a Heat Pump Problem?

If you use a heat pump in Virginia, after a while you may have the same concern we’ve heard among some of our customers in Arlington, Centreville and Reston — your heat pump seems to be blowing cold air. This doesn’t occur too often in the Northern Virginia area, but…

Using Your Heat Pump for Cooling

When you think of cooling your home in the summer, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? It’s probably an air conditioning unit. The expert HVAC technicians at John Nugent & Sons are here to tell you that’s not your only option! Believe it or not, heat pumps…

My Heater is Not Heating

Is your heater not heating? This is obviously one of the more common heating problems—and one you should fix immediately considering how cold it can get in Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Virginia during the winter months. As a leading VA heating repair service provider, John Nugent & Sons…

How to Test for AC Refrigerant Leaks

If you live in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, or a nearby area in Northern VA, you know how important it is to have a fully working air conditioning unit during the hot summer months. One of the most common AC problems your unit may encounter at some point is a…

Cleaning a Moldy Air Conditioner

While a clean air conditioner may help clear airborne allergens from a room or home, dirty air conditioners can negatively impact those in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout the Northern VA area who suffer from allergies. Due to moist, warm conditions, the inside of an air conditioner is a…

How to Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

Even if you aren’t aware of it, your air conditioner efficiency is very important. How efficient (or inefficient) it is can make a big difference in your energy bills. There are some easy ways to improve your air conditioner efficiency and drop your energy costs. At John Nugent & Sons,…

Four Signs You Need AC Compressor Repair

An AC unit’s compressor is one of the most important parts of the system—so it is essential for you to be able to identify when you have a broken compressor. Do you think you may have a faulty AC compressor? The expert air conditioning technicians at John Nugent & Sons…

Signs of Burning Around an Electrical Outlet

Electrical outlets are an integral part of our daily lives. We rely on them to power our appliances, charge our devices, and provide light and comfort. However, this constant use can sometimes lead to wear and tear and, if left unchecked, can result in dangerous situations such as electrical fires. …

Three Signs Your AC Unit May Break Down

We’re well into the heat of summer. After last year’s record-breaking heat, now is the time to make sure your AC unit won’t fail when you need it most. Detecting an impending breakdown isn’t always possible for homeowners, but many AC units do begin to show some signs that they’re…

Why You Need a Skilled Technician for Repairing an HVAC System

The importance of hiring a skilled Northern VA HVAC technician for repairing the heating and cooling system in your home can hardly be overstated. You need to make sure that any service—be it AC installation, repair, or replacement—is completed by someone who has received the necessary training to figure out…

Summer Air Conditioning Tip: Change Your AC’s Filter!

It’s hard to imagine getting through the summer months in Northern VA without air conditioning. It’s an unpleasant thought—to say the least. As the temperature is getting warmer and warmer, it’s time for our HVAC technicians to remind homeowners in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout Northern VA that there…

Dealing with Uneven AC Cooling

At John Nugent & Sons, one of the most common air conditioning problems our customers in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and nearby areas deal with is their units providing uneven cooling. This can be a complicated problem—and it may involve a number of factors concerning the distribution of air throughout…

Clogged Drain? Here’s How to Unclog It Yourself

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Clogs happen at the worst times—like when you sleep through your alarm and are going to be late for work but still decide to take a shower and now the water is overflowing onto the bathroom floor. But…

The Safety of Geothermal Heating Systems

Geothermal heating systems are a popular alternative to traditional heating and air-conditioning systems. Geothermal systems utilize the renewable solar energy stored in the ground to serve as a viable, widely accessible source of energy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that geothermal heating technology is the most environmentally-friendly, cost-effective, and…

How Can I Tell What Is Tripping My Circuit Breaker?

As the summer or winter months roll around, you probably start to experience more power outages than usual in your Northern Virginia home. In fact, these are the times of the year when the experts at John Nugent and Sons receive the most calls from the community. Your first option…

Do I Need To Change My Fluorescent Bulbs?

Northern Virginia’s Electrical Expert Since 1975 So, your fluorescent lights have started to flicker. This is a major disturbance you want to solve as soon as possible. However, when fluorescent bulbs flicker, the situation is more than just a minor annoyance. If your fluorescent lights flicker, you should fix the problem…

Standby Generators Oil Changes

Like any other-engine powered machine, home standby generators require regular maintenance. Proper generator maintenance will ensure your unit works efficiently, and it will maximize the generator’s lifespan. This is important—after all, you likely spent a considerable amount of money purchasing and installing your standby generator. Most standby generators need an…

Home Standby Generator Maintenance Guide

In our earlier article addressing the benefits of investing in a home standby generator, we discussed that generators eliminate disruptions caused by extended power outages. They also offer peace of mind since it’s virtually impossible to steal a standby generator because it’s a permanent fixture. This is especially important in…

Fixing Excessive Gas Furnace Noise

Are you dealing with excessive gas furnace noise? Squealing and squeaking noises coming from your furnace can become a real pain, and you don’t want to have to deal with this throughout the winter months. Here at John Nugent & Sons, we’re experts at gas furnace troubleshooting in Arlington, Centreville,…

Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs Repair

You depend on your garbage disposal to work properly when you need it to, so if it isn’t working as it should, it can be really inconvenient. After all, garbage disposals: Prevent clogging of the drains or pipes Make it very easy to clean up after meals Make your kitchen…

High Efficiency Furnace Tax Credit

As part of the legislation designed to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed a measure, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 2, 2013, that reinstated 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment. The legislation extends the HVAC tax credits that expired in 2011 from…

My Furnace Is Not Heating Optimally!

Is your furnace not heating optimally? If your furnace isn’t working at maximum capacity to heat your Arlington, Centreville or Reston home, there are some steps you can take on your own to try and solve the problem. We offer VA furnace installation services, and we know what it takes…

Signs You Need Furnace Repair

Most homeowners will only call for furnace repair when their furnace has completely stopped working. However, there are other signs to look for that indicate a malfunctioning furnace. In addition to mechanical failure, there can be various indications that you need furnace maintenance or possibly furnace replacement. If your furnace displays…

My Furnace Is Not Heating Optimally!

Is your furnace not heating optimally? If your furnace isn’t working at maximum capacity to heat your Arlington, Centreville or Reston home, there are some steps you can take on your own to try and solve the problem. We offer VA furnace installation services, and we know what it takes…

My Furnace Runs Constantly

The winter months in and around Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout VA can produce temperatures in the low teens (and even below), which means homeowners should really start focusing on furnace maintenance. As one of the top Virginia furnace replacement service providers, one of the most common complaints we…

Electrical Safety 101

Electricity has become an integral parts of our daily lives. So much so that we don’t realize how dependent we’ve become until the power goes out on a stormy night. Just think about all the devices you use on a regular basis that need electricity to function properly — from…

Does a Gas Furnace Work Without Electricity?

Being a Northern Virginia homeowner, you know how bad the winters can get. The snow often causes school and work to close—sometimes for a few days—and you are cooped up in your home the entire time. But if you’re relying on your gas furnace to keep you and your family…

What You Need to Know About DIY Electrical Projects

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to immediately spot an electrical issue. Any good handyman will tell you that they can fix it themselves without a problem. Unfortunately, there is a problem. Handymen are not qualified to handle electrical work. Electricians have to undergo years of extensive training and certification processes…

Why Is My Northern Virginia Home’s Water Discolored?

After an extended trip away from home, the water coming out of your faucet could be slightly discolored—luckily, the discoloration usually goes away on its own in less than a minute. But what if this happens to your hot water regularly? Is the discolored water dangerous to your health? Can…

Dealing With Mechanical AC Problems

Since we’re well into the cooling season here in Northern VA, you need to make sure your air conditioning unit is clean and free of any mechanical problems. At John Nugent & Sons, we’ve compiled a list of common mechanical problems that may affect your AC system this cooling season:…

Cleaning and Replacing Furnace Filters

The wintertime in and around Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, and Reston, VA can produce close to subzero temperatures, which makes it very important that your furnace is working efficiently and optimally. One of the most common questions we receive from our customer is how to clean or replace a furnace filter….

Surviving the Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Service

We’re going to have record-breaking heat this summer, so make sure your air conditioner is ready! Nothing is worse than dealing with 100 degree temperatures outside and temperatures that feel like they might be just as hot inside! With a little air conditioning service in Northern Virginia, you can help…

High Efficiency Boiler Tax Credit

Here at John Nugent & Sons, we’ve received numerous calls from customers in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Northern Virginia. They’re all curious as to whether the boiler they purchased and installed in 2012 is eligible for a federal tax credit. As part of the legislation designed to…

Benefits of Investing in a Home Standby Generator

Hurricane Sandy recently made her presence felt in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Northern VA. Downed trees, flooding, and even snowfall created challenges for residents throughout the northeast. Thousands of Virginians were left without power for an extended period of time. Now, Hurricane Sandy wasn’t the first, nor…

The Benefits of Cleaning Your AC System

The importance of keeping your AC clean from the negative effects of dust and debris cannot be overstated. Your AC is a complex machine with various components that make up the refrigerant cycle. Considering how much you have come to depend on its operation, it’s no wonder that maintenance is…

How to Avoid AC Repair Scams

It’s an unfortunate circumstance, but we see it happen this time every year. The worst-kept secret in the HVAC industry: unskilled or even unethical air conditioning contractors seem to come out of the woodwork to offer AC repair service. You may have seen one of the stories recently on the…

Keep Your Northern Virginia Home Cool with Air Duct Sealing

There are a lot of ways to maximize your air conditioner efficiency: you should replace filters monthly, have regular professional inspections, perform repairs when necessary, etc. If you still aren’t getting the efficiency you’d like, it might be time for air duct sealing. Many homeowners can do this by themselves…

A Guide to Air Conditioning Sizing

If you’re ready to schedule new AC installation service in Northern VA, you may have already thought about two features you want: size and power. There’s no doubt that a larger AC unit must be more effective at cooling your home this summer, right? Well—not so fast. The U.S. Department…

Signs You Need Air Conditioning Replacement

If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, you might have a difficult time deciding between repairs or full-on replacement. To make the choice a little easier, here is a list of problems that typically call for more than just an air conditioner repair. If your situation matches with one or…

What to Do When You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Your air conditioner is acting up. Your gut reaction might be to get on the computer and call the first company that comes up on Google for “Fairfax, VA air conditioning contractor.” But there are a few steps you should take before you get on the phone. Doing these can…

Choosing a Company for Air Conditioning Installation

Is your old air conditioner not keeping up anymore? Are you dealing with constant breakdowns, rooms that are way too hot (or too cold!), or any other frustrating problems? Then it’s probably time for a new air conditioner. Deciding you need a new air conditioner is probably the easiest part…

Working With an Air Conditioning Contractor

It’s reaching 100 degrees outside and all of a sudden your air conditioner breaks down. For most people, this is a time of panic. How will your family stay comfortable? Will you need to go to a hotel? Luckily, when you know how to work with an air conditioning contractor…

My Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On!

With professional installation and maintenance, your AC unit should run well for many years, but there may come a time when it has endured enough wear and tear to warrant professional repair. If your air conditioner won’t turn on and you need AC repair services in Northern Virginia, call the…

AC Tune–Ups in Northern Virginia

Providing service throughout Arlington, McLean, Falls Church, Vienna, and surrounding areas. Would you drive your car for a year without having an oil change? Similar to the maintenance that is performed on your vehicle, your air conditioning system needs annual tune-ups to make sure it is running properly. Unlike your…

Help, My AC Shuts Off All the Time!

Temperatures are on the rise in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Northern Virginia. This makes it very important that your air conditioner is working at maximum capacity. One of the most common AC problems our expert HVAC technicians at John Nugent & Sons hear is, “My AC shuts…

2013 Air Conditioner Tax Credits

We’re fast approaching warmer days in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout Northern VA. Here at John Nugent & Sons, our expert technicians are used to hearing Northern Virginia customers ask, “What are SEER ratings?” It’s a question that comes up when customers are interested in new AC installations. SEER,…

AC Repair vs. Replacement

One of the most common questions we get here at John Nugent & Sons from our customers in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout Northern VA is, “Do I need to repair or replace my air conditioning unit?” This is an important question as we approach the cooling season—especially since…

AC Repairs Caused by Faulty Thermostats

While they are small, compact, and often overlooked, thermostats can make or break your air conditioning during the cooling season in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout Northern VA. Considering how much we rely on our cooling systems during the long hot summer, we should probably pay more attention to…

AC Failure Warning Signs

You already know that the summer months in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and all throughout Northern Virginia can be incredibly hot, humid, and uncomfortable. This makes it important that your AC system is working properly—after all, you and your family deserve a cool, comfortable home during the summertime. In addition…

My AC is Constantly Running!

There are a few sure signs that an air conditioning system is in trouble, and an AC unit that runs constantly is definitely one of them. There are many different reasons why your air conditioner may be running constantly, and it is important to contact a professional Northern VA HVAC…

Why Is My AC Blowing Warm Air?

Troubleshooting your faulty air conditioner. There’s no substitute for the crisp, refreshing cool air that flows out of your air conditioning system. As the summertime arrives in Fairfax, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and throughout Northern VA, you don’t want to find yourself without a working air conditioner. When our clients call…

5 Ways to Save on Electricity This Summer

It’s the height of the summer cooling season in Northern Virginia. That means high electric bills as your home’s cooling system deals with the rising temperature and humidity. However, you don’t have to just accept increasing electric bills this time of year. There are a number of things you can…

Solving Your Air Conditioner Problems

Is your air conditioner acting up? Maybe it’s leaking, isn’t producing cold air, or having any of a number of issues that might cause concern. John Nugent & Sons is your go-to company when you are looking for air conditioner experts! Wherever you are located in Northern Virginia, including McLean,…

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

Be careful, flickering lights may seem like just an annoyance but they can also be dangerous! Have you noticed that all or some of your lights have been flickering? In most cases, it can be a faulty light bulb, but in other cases it can mean something more serious—and potentially…

What Causes Problems with Electrical Outlets?

You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your home’s electrical outlets. So when there’s a problem, you might not know what to do! The most common electrical issues you may face from your outlets are overheating and sparking. The following post details the most common causes of these…

Electric Code Violation Corrections

Since 1975, the professional electricians at John Nugent & Sons have been providing quality electrical services throughout Northern Virginia, including heavy-ups in McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Great Falls, Sterling, Ashburn, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, and Dulles, Virginia. If your home’s electrical system isn’t up to code, contact us for code violation corrections and updates….

Tips for Air Conditioner Maintenance

When it’s hot outside, you look to your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. To ensure it can keep doing its job for as long as possible, a little air conditioner maintenance is required. But don’t worry – AC maintenance is pretty simple and the experts at John Nugent…

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