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What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Sewer Line?

You may never have thought about the main sewer line to your house — most people don’t. But when a problem with your sewer line develops, it’s hard to ignore. The longer you wait to schedule sewer line services, the more damage will be done to your plumbing, home, property,…

5 Sump Pump Noises & What They Mean

Here in the McLean, VA, area, we depend on our sump pumps to keep basements dry and keep our homes and possessions safe from damage. If your sump begins to sound like an untalented jazz band, trouble may not be far away. Sump pump repair happens to be one of…

10 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

When winter begins to arrive, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is prepared to avoid any unwanted surprises (like being left in a cold, uncomfortable home). It’s essential to be proactive about maintaining your HVAC equipment in order to keep it in good condition and prevent breakdowns. In…

Difference Between Gas and Electric Furnaces

What’s the Difference Between Gas and Electric Furnaces? When winter approaches, you want to make sure your home has a reliable furnace to keep your house warm and cozy. Not all heating systems and furnaces are created equally, and it’s important to choose a furnace that suits your home’s heating…

Is Your Heating System Ready for Fall?

The worst time for your heating system to malfunction is the middle of winter, but with a little preventative maintenance you can easily avoid a frustrating (and expensive) problem later this year. As summer ends and the weather starts to cool off, now is the best time to prepare your…

5 Common Household AC Unit Issues

Repairing a broken air conditioner is both expensive and inconvenient, especially when it malfunctions in the heat of summer. The best way to avoid discomfort and repair bills is to have your AC unit regularly serviced and tuned up by an experienced HVAC professional. We’ve also compiled a list of…

Why Installing a Sump Pump Will Save You Thousands

Sump pump installation is one of the best things you can do for your basement. Sump pumps help Northern Virginia homeowners avoid many different types of property damage. Repairing structural damage to your home is a big expense that also comes with anxiety and inconvenience. Sump pumps are designed to keep…

Should Your Heat Pump Run All the Time?

Are you new to using a heat pump to keep your home comfortable through McLean fall and winter seasons? If so, you might be asking a question we see pretty frequently: “Should my heat pump run all the time?” We can quickly put your mind at ease and say that…

Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Though summer is still stubbornly sticking around here in the McLean area, it won’t be long now before you’ll be switching your thermostat from “cool” mode to “heat.” If you’ve recently scheduled your pre-season furnace maintenance, as you should, then you may have gotten a report back that tells you…

6 Reasons You Need Security Lighting

There’s nothing more important than the safety and security of your home and family. Security lighting installation is a great, budget-friendly way to add additional protection and security for your home and family in McLean and Northern Virginia. John Nugent & Sons and our team of dedicated professionals have been helping residents…

What to Do When My HVAC Is Flooded?

There has been a lot of rain this summer in Northern Virginia, and we all hate it! With huge amounts of rain and flooding happening, John Nugent & Sons has gotten a lot of questions about AC units and what to do when the water is high and getting too…

DIY HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Quick Fixes

While our team at John Nugent & Sons is ready to solve any problem you may have with your HVAC, electrical, or plumbing systems, there are some things you can handle on your own if you’re interested in saving some money. Here are some tips and tricks for DIY, easy…

Why Should I Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance?

Like any complex system, from your car to your home, a heat pump needs regular care and maintenance to do its job properly and efficiently. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a heat pump that is maintained regularly uses up to 25% less energy than one with a poor…

How Are Furnace Filters Rated?

If you have ever visited the hardware store to pick up a furnace filter, you may have noticed that the specific size and style for your system may be available in several different ratings—and costs. Choosing the wrong furnace filter can not only affect your indoor air quality, but it…

Will Closing Air Vents Save Energy?

When you have rooms in your home that you don’t use regularly, it’s tempting to shut the air vents in an attempt to save money. After all, why should you spend energy heating or cooling a room you aren’t using? Before you do, take the time to understand more about…

Which Heating System Is Most Efficient?

When it comes to heating your home, you have three basic options: heat pumps, boilers, and furnaces. If your goal is to heat your home most efficiently, you will need to weigh your options to choose the right one. Here’s the information you need to choose the right heating system….

Troubleshooting Furnace Problems

There is no good time to have a furnace problem, and it can be especially inconvenient if it happens late at night or over the weekend when you may have to wait longer for service. Though most furnace problems should be handled by a professional HVAC contractor, there are a…

Avoid Electrical Accidents this Holiday

The holidays should be a fun, relaxing time for your family and friends, without trips to the hospital, visits from the fire department, or other unfortunate events. When you are using or installing holiday lighting, electronics, and other potentially hazardous products, you should take care to avoid accidents and injuries….

Is Your Home Prepared for Winter Storms?

While some winters can be fairly mild, others can surprise you and bring with them strong storms. Before the cold weather officially arrives, make sure your home can withstand the added stress of Mother Nature! Be sure to take precautionary steps necessary to keep your family warm and safe. Is Your…

5 Reasons to Switch to an Electric Furnace

In Northern Virginia, oil and gas furnaces are quite common. However, for those looking for an alternative, an electric furnace might be the answer. If you are in need of a new furnace, you may want to consider switching from gas and oil to electric. Here are some reasons why. 1….

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is almost over, and with the coming of fall comes thoughts of getting your home ready for winter. While “spring cleaning” is commonly tackled in the spring, fall is a time to focus on maintenance around your home. As the temperatures start to drop, here’s what you need to…

Free Beauty and the Beast Screening on the Village Green

Join us for Movies on the Green in Great Falls on Saturday, September 9th for a free screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (live action version)! Popcorn will be provided, and blankets, chairs, and picnics are all welcome for a family-friendly evening of movies under the stars! Event Details: What:…

How to Restore Electricity During Power Outage

Are you prepared for all of the potential weather that can come your way in Northern Virginia? From cold winters to stormy summers, our area has a full range of weather events. What would you do if the power goes out during a summer storm or winter ice storm? All…

Why Does My Well Pump Run Constantly?

Your well pump should not run constantly. In fact, if you have this problem, you will quickly see your electric bill going up. If you’re noticing that it is, or if you’re having problems with it cycling on and off repeatedly, it may be a sign of a problem. John…

Do I Need Water Treatment Services?

When you turn on the tap to get a glass of water, you feel fairly confident that you can trust the water to be healthy for your body, but unfortunately you may be trusting this in vain. Even the most stringently cleaned water can have containments that are difficult to…

Why Is My Light Switch Hot?

When you reach to your light switch to turn it off, only to find that it is hot to the touch, you have a problem. This is not a normal phenomenon, and it indicates that there are serious issues hiding behind your walls. If you don’t get help right away,…

Why Is My Well Pump Short Cycling?

When your well pump is cycling on and off, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step in fixing it. Here are some of the reasons why your well pump may be short cycling, and what can be done to fix…

Help! My Garbage Disposal Is Humming But Won’t Work!

There are many modern conveniences we often take for granted during our everyday lives—until we have to go without them. You don’t realize how nice it is to be able to dispose of food waste down the drain until your garbage disposal stops working. One of the common issues we…

How to Save on AC Repairs

According to the U.S Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning account for almost half of the energy usage in the average home. It is therefore important to ensure that your AC is running efficiently and effectively during those hot summer months. Between high energy costs each month and the…

Why Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Important?

Investing in HVAC maintenance might seem like just an extra expense, but it’s worth it in the long run. When you commit to regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system, you help ensure that any minor problems or inefficiencies will be caught early rather than growing into major complications!…

The Best HVAC Company in Northern VA

At John Nugent & Sons, we have one goal: providing McLean and the rest of Northern Virginia with the best home comfort solutions. And since 1975, we’ve been doing just that. When it comes to heating and cooling your Northern Virginia home, you want the best—and that’s what we strive…

The Benefits of Choosing Carrier HVAC Products

There are few people who don’t know the Carrier name when it comes to heating, cooling, and other home comfort products. The Carrier name carries with it a reputation of quality, reliability, durability, and value because they make only the highest-quality HVAC products, including air conditioners, furnaces, air cleaners, and…

The Benefits of an Air Knight Air Purification System

Do you know how clean the air in your home is? If not, the answer would probably surprise you, and unfortunately not in a good way. But luckily for us, the IAQ (Indoor air quality) industry has risen to the challenge in recent years, putting out strong, better, and overall…

Indoor Air Quality Fast Facts

When you think about the air in your Mclean home, what comes to mind? Or do you even think about it all? If you’re like most folks, the odds are good that your air quality doesn’t concern you much at all. But at John Nugent & Sons, our certified air…

Why Does My Boiler Smell?

Boilers are absolutely great. Our experts love them, and the homeowners who get boiler installation with John Nugent & Sons love them, too! But they come with some unique and occasionally baffling issues that are somewhat unique to them. For instance what do you do when your boiler starts to…

Why Does My Furnace Keep Blowing the Fuse?

Having issues with a furnace system that flips your breaker or blows fuses? The cold is seriously starting to settle in here in Northern Virginia, and odds are you’re already in need of quality heating. And absolutely nothing should stand in your way of getting exactly that. Looking for top-class…

Why Is My Boiler Leaking?

Having issues with a boiler leak? If so, “Help!” is exactly what you need! Boiler leaks are actually a quite serious concern, and can be caused by many different issues. But no matter the cause, the end result is the same: water damage to your home, damage to your boiler,…

Gas vs. Electric Furnaces

Which Heating System Is Best for Your Home? Is the search for the “perfect” heating solution for your Northern Virginia home starting to feel a bit stressful? If so, that’s no surprise. There are tons of options in the modern HVAC market, and even finding a furnace can be somewhat…

Should I Install a Boiler or Furnace?

Fall is finally officially here, and many homeowners in Northern Virginia are heaving a huge sigh of relief. But we’re only out of the woods for a short bit, and winter is on the way! Wondering whether installing a new boiler or a furnace would meet your heating needs best this…

Why Is My Gas Furnace Leaking?

You’ve likely encountered your fair share of heating system troubles over the years. A clank or squeal here, a breakdown there; it’s all fairly common every now and then. But what on earth could be making your gas furnace leak water? The answers are surprisingly simple, and the certified team…

Is Your Heating System Prepared for the Fall?

It might not feel like it at the moment, but summer is on the way out! Though this might mean less pool time, we honestly aren’t sad to see it go. But the end of one season means the start of another, and fall is fairly short. Before you know…

Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

When fall finally comes around, the collective sigh of relief here in Northern Virginia seems like it can be heard state-wide. But fall is quite short and winter will be knocking on the door soon after! Is your furnace system ready to take on everything the rest of the year…

Will Ceiling Fans Lower My Energy Bill?

In the dead of a Northern Virginia summer, we’re always looking for ways to offset the high costs of air conditioning in our homes. Even the most energy-efficient systems can be a real bother, putting a strain on finances and overall being just a little more stressful than we bargained…

Choosing Security Lighting for Your Northern Virginia Home

The safety of your Northern Virginia home is one of the most important subjects we can cover here at John Nugent & Sons. Our team is a family, and we understand the importance of securing your home against intruders and misfortunes. And as far as intruder deterrent goes, outdoor and…

Air Conditioner Repair vs. Air Conditioner Replacement

Knowing what to do with your cooling system when problems arise can be an issue all its own. Your impulse may be to seek repair, which is the course of action pretty much everyone would prefer at first glance. But there are many situations where replacement is not only the…

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

We expect a lot from our air conditioning systems here in Northern Virginia. We expect them to provide cool, high quality air—and we expect them to be able to keep up with our demands as the season goes on. But one thing we don’t expect is for the system to…

Keep Your Costs Down & Energy Efficiency Up This Summer

You want to stay cool this summer, but the thought of your increased power bill has you wondering if there is anything you can do to stay cool and not spend a fortune at the same time. The good news is there are a few different ways you can cut…

Prepping Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Mother Nature has been giving us slight glimpses of what to expect during the coming summer months. We like to think of it as her subtly reminding everyone that it is time to get their air conditioners ready so there are no unpleasant surprises at the last minute. As a…

Cost Saving Cooling Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners

Your cooling system is essentially a necessity once the warmer weather arrives here in Virginia. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the largest energy and utility expenditures, as well. So how can you stay comfortable, while avoiding spiking cooling costs and financial potholes? The experts at John Nugent & Sons are…

Why Are My Outlets Getting Hot?

Electrical issues can be a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous, causing fires or electrocution if left unchecked. Most problems can be traced back to the age of the home, faulty workmanship or materials, damage from pests, or user error, but regardless of the cause, should always be investigated by…

Is An Air Conditioner Tune-Up Necessary?

As temperatures rise throughout the spring and summer, people tend to spend more time outdoors, playing, entertaining and relaxing. However, once things really start to heat up, nothing compares to heading back inside to the air conditioned comfort of your home. Keeping your AC in top condition is the best way to…

HVAC Maintenance & Spring Allergies

Springtime is a welcome relief from the harsh conditions of winter, but for those who suffer from spring allergies, it can lead to sneezing, wheezing, and misery. If you expect to find relief from allergy symptoms by staying at home, think again. Studies have shown the average home may contain…

Why Install a Home Standby Generator in Northern Virginia?

Extended power outages are a reality in many areas across the country, and are a very real threat to the safety and security of your home and family. Regardless of whether the outage occurs due to a hurricane, tornado, heavy winds, or other weather phenomenon, the end result is the same:…

Should You Invest in a Geothermal Heat Pump?

Geothermal technology is nothing new—earliest examples date back thousands of years. The technology used today for energy systems such as a geothermal heat pump may be more sophisticated in design, but the basic principles remain. Whether you’re looking to replace your existing heating and cooling system, or are in the process of building…

Why Does My Furnace Keep Turning On and Off?

Most homeowners adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” approach with their heating and cooling equipment, and rightly so. Aside from scheduling annual maintenance, and regular changing of the air filter, there’s not much else to be done—or is there? While it takes a great degree of skill and training…

Benefits of Installing a Programmable Thermostat in Northern Virginia

The world of heating and cooling has evolved on a grand scale since the early days of wood stoves and initial oil or gas heat. In that time, there have been endless advancements, and technology has fought hard to establish one particular aspect: control. Greater control means greater efficiency, better…

Why Should I Install a Ductless Heat Pump?

Heat pumps provide an excellent heating and cooling option for our variable North Virginia climate. If you’ve spent any time looking into them, you likely know that heat pumps are one of the most versatile and energy-efficient options on the market today. But were you aware that there are actually…

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,…

Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

If you have a forced-air heating or cooling system in your Northern Virginia home, the condition of your ductwork should be a concern for you. Dirt, dust, pollen, animal dander, and other airborne contaminants are pulled into your ductwork every time you turn your heating or cooling system on. These…

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

Emergency room doctors treat over 4,000 individuals each year for injuries caused by faulty electrical outlets—don’t let anyone in your family fall victim to an electrical accident. Electrical fires and related injuries can be prevented by properly inspecting the outlet receptacles in your Northern Virginia home. John Nugent & Sons…

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…

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

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,…

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