How to Tell You Need to Call for Generator Repair

May 1st, 2023

A generator is a fantastic investment to prevent losing power during outages. Not only can you stay comfortable, but you can also ensure that you don’t lose food if a power outage lasts for several days. But even these fantastic appliances can need repairs from time to time.

But if you aren’t using your generator constantly, how can you identify when you need to invest in generator repair in Sterling, VA? Keep reading to learn more about how you can complete monthly check-ups on your generator and what signs you should watch for that can indicate something is wrong.

Difficulty Starting

If your generator is having trouble starting, that can indicate that you need to call for generator service. You can go entire seasons, and even years without needing your generator so it is important to do maintenance checks regularly. This ensures that your generator is in great condition for when those emergency power outages do happen. 

Reasons that your generator can have trouble starting include:

  • The battery is dead.
  • Oil levels are low.
  • The choke is open instead of closed. 
  • The fuel valve is dirty.
  • Spark plugs need to be cleaned or replaced.
  • The air filter needs to be replaced. 

If you troubleshoot any of these problems, and still cannot get your generator to start, give our team a call. We can get to the root cause of the problem, fix it, and even give you tips to prevent it from happening again in the future. 

Lack of Power

If your generator is struggling to meet your power needs, there may be an issue with the electrical connections. You may be tempted to let the problem slide until the next time you need to use your generator, but by then the problem will only get worse. 

Your generator may not offer any power at all by the time you need to use it again. You can look for signs of electrical problems, like frayed wires, knobs that are cracked, or loose connectors. But don’t try to make any electrical repairs yourself. Do you need a certified electrician to handle any electrical repair needs.


It’s possible that your generator will leak out oil or coolant. When this happens, you will notice spots around the generator that indicate the leak. Don’t ignore these signs or you can do even more damage to the system. It is important to refill oil and coolant, as well as repair any holes in the lines that are causing a leak.

Exterior Damage

If there are noticeable signs of damage to the outside of your generator, then there is a good chance that there is damage inside, too. If you notice dents, cracks, or other damage, give our team a call to check it out, even if you don’t have generator problems yet. Then, make sure that you keep the space around your generator clear to prevent damage again in the future.

B&B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. We are always there when you need us. Schedule an appointment today for generator maintenance or repair service.

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Get Ready for Warm Weather: It’s Time for AC Maintenance!

April 17th, 2023

It’s springtime and temperatures are beginning to warm up. Before we know it, summer will be in full swing and we will be reaching some of the hottest days of summer. Although it doesn’t get quite as hot here as it does in the southern states, we still want our homes to be comfortably cool.

If you want to prevent unexpected AC repair in Sterling, VA, this summer, then you need to schedule your AC maintenance appointment now. It’s the only way to stay ahead of AC repairs and skip out on surprise breakdowns. Keep reading to learn more about why AC maintenance is so important for your air conditioner.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Always the Best Choice for Installation?

April 3rd, 2023

If it’s time for you to invest in a new water heater, you may be thinking about going tankless. Many homeowners switch to tankless water heaters because of the endless supply of hot water. However, a tankless hot water heater may not always be the best choice for each family.

You have unique needs, and you deserve a water heater that meets them. That may be either a tank or tankless water heater installation in Fairfax, VA. The good news is, our team can help you decide between the two and make the best choice for your individual meets. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of tankless water heaters so that you can decide if one is right for you. 

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Why Your Furnace Is Running But Not Keeping the House Warm Enough

March 20th, 2023

At the start of spring, the weather is often still cold, and that means you’ll need to keep your furnace running to keep everyone warm. But maybe you’ve noticed your furnace isn’t doing its job as well as it was at the start of winter. What’s happening? We’ll examine some of the possible causes below.

You’ve left the same air filter in place for too long

Dirty air filters are perhaps the most common reason that furnaces fail to provide enough heat to a home. (They’re behind plenty of other problems as well.) Over time, this air filter will become clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. This restricts the airflow and causes the furnace to work harder to circulate warm air throughout a house. Fortunately, all you have to do to fix this problem is to change the air filter. This is definitely something you should do if you’ve had the same air filter in place since the start of winter!

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Why We Recommend Standby Generators for Local Homeowners

March 6th, 2023

Have you thought about getting a generator for your home? We understand your concerns: extended power outages have started to happen more often because of an increase in stormy weather on the East Coast and issues with aging power grids. You may have started to investigate the different options and pricing for generators.

We work with generators and based on our experience we recommend that you have a standby generator installed for your home. We’ll go into how these generators work and why they’re the best choice for protecting your home and family during a lengthy loss of electrical power.

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When Is It Best to Get a New Water Heater?

February 20th, 2023

Because you rely on a steady supply of hot water whenever you need it to get through most days, the water heater is one of the most important appliances in your house. It’s important to know when the time comes to get a new water heater since you don’t want to wait too long and have your current water heater fail on you right when you need it.

It isn’t always easy to tell when your water heater is coming to the end of its service life. Homeowners often don’t pay too much attention to their water heater as long as they’re still getting hot water from their taps. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to know when it’s time for a new water heater installation in Rockville, MD.

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Why You Aren’t Getting Any Hot Water From Your Water Heater

February 6th, 2023

This is no fun, is it? You turn on the shower in the morning and wait for the water to heat up. And you wait and you wait and you wait. It seems like Godot is more likely to show up before you get hot water.

You can stop waiting because it’s likely you’ve got a water heater problem that won’t simply go away if you’re patient. That’s not how water heaters work. We’ll take a look at some of the reasons you’ve got a lack of hot water and whether you need to call our team for water heater repair in Arlington, VA.

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Middle-of-Winter Heating Problems You May Encounter

January 23rd, 2023

When you arrange to have your heating system professionally maintained in fall, with a thorough inspection and tune-up from experts, you can expect to run into few troubles with the heater during winter. The heater should always get a great start to the season. 

It’s when you reach the middle of winter that the strain on your heater may lead to malfunctions. Maintenance will still stop the majority of problems, but it won’t prevent all of them. We’re going to look at some of the more common mid-winter problems that can crop up in a heating system. You can rely on our technicians for heating service in Arlington, VA you need to get your heater back in peak shape.

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Do I Need Air Filters or Air Purifiers for My Home?

January 9th, 2023

Your New Years’ Resolution: “I’ll breathe cleaner air in my home for 2023!”

Okay, maybe you didn’t write your resolution out exactly like that. You probably put down something like, “Get healthier this year.” That can involve changing your diet, exercising more, keeping up with doctors’ appointments, and more. Breathing cleaner air is certainly a good way to get healthier, and you can significantly improve your home’s air with the right IAQ (indoor air quality) devices.

For starters, do you need air purifiers or air filters for your home?

Surprise, this is something of a trick question! These two aren’t mutually exclusive—you can have both! And in many cases, you’ll need both.

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Why We Recommend Regular Water Heater Flushes

December 26th, 2022

A water heater is a powerful appliance that you and your family rely on almost every day in your home. Any device that does that much work requires occasional maintenance to keep it in good working order. We recommend you schedule water heater service in Rockville, MD once a year for your water heater.

One of the maintenance jobs for a water heater is a tank flush. This isn’t necessarily done every year during maintenance, but your water heater does require it at least every few years. You can find instructions online for doing a tank flush on your own, but we don’t recommend this—the process is too complicated and requires numerous special parts. Our technicians can get the job done fast and accurately.

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