Your comfort. It's that simple. We bring the wisdom and experience of our 96-year history in business, and we pioneer the newest technologies and services to keep you comfy today and tomorrow. Since 1922, W.E. Brown has been making our clients comfortable in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and surrounding communities with a comprehensive lineup of home comfort services —plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and Smart Home technology. We stay motivated by our legacy and inspired to exceed your home comfort expectations.
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We'll open your main sewer line for only $99 and include a courtesy Sewer-Cam video view of your main sewer line for immediate relief and long-term peace of mind. The main sewer line is outside of the home connecting your home plumbing to the city line. If the block is located inside of your home, regular pricing will apply. Call (434) 298-2151 for details.
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When a breaker trips in your home, it’s due to overcapacity or a short: The breaker trips, stopping the flow of electricity as a safety measure. A tripped main breaker will cut the power off to your entire house. SOME COMMON CAUSES CAN INCLUDE: too many appliances; appliances that require too much electricity; damaged breakers;Read More
Routine maintenance makes sure your heat pump is working at peak performance. But if one room is typically colder than the rest of your home, here are a few DIY tips you can do to help. Test your thermostat. Affix a thermometer on your wall next to your thermostat. Place a towel behind the thermometerRead More
To ensure that your toilet doesn’t overflow, remove the lid from the toilet tank and close the rubber flapper—unless you have a pressure-assisted tank. You may also reach behind the toilet and turn off the water supply. (Make sure you turn the supply back on when you’re ready to flush again.) PLUNGER Grab a heavy-dutyRead More
What is emergency heat—and why do I need it? As a follow-up to our recent blog “My A/C won’t keep my house cool enough on a 95-degree day,” we’re taking a look at how heat pumps use emergency heat to perform adequately during the winter. Emergency or auxiliary heat is a supplemental heating component installedRead More
It’s 95 degrees outside, and you can’t get your indoor temperature to go below 75 degrees—even with your thermostat set on 72 degrees. It seems as if the AC can’t keep up. First thing you might think; okay, let’s get a larger AC to keep perfectly cool when summer temperatures hit above 93 degrees. However,Read More
One year ago in May, severe rain in Charlottesville, Va. caused the banks of rivers and streams to flood; so much so that people lost their lives. I recently sat with Diana and Scott outside their home in White Hall to talk with them about the flood and how it changed their perspective on service.Read More
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, an R-22 refrigerant phase-out has been taking place in the air conditioning industry (since 2013) that will affect you—if it hasn’t already. (Some systems after 2010 were manufactured with the use of R-22. You can check the nameplate on your condenser for the refrigerant type.) The R-22Read More
There are many steps you can take to create a more air-friendly indoor environment. Some of the devices and claims can make the topic of air filtration confusing. Well, it doesn’t have to be. Read our blog and take a look at the simplified diagram to see if we can help clear the air onRead More
Defined as relative worth, merit, or importance: value is different for everyone. The “best” may not always be the right value for your home. And this nuance is important to consider when it comes to replacing your HVAC system. Start with the right HVAC consultant or technician; they will walk you through a series ofRead More
Snow and ice are in the forecast for us (again). If you’re off to grab a few provisions, don’t forget to build in a little time to make sure your heat pump is ready for snow. A few simple steps can go a long way in ensuring you stay comfortable and safe during the snowRead More
There comes a time in every home owner’s life when they realize their furnace just isn’t what it used to be. Years of wear took its toll, and your once young and powerful heating system is now struggling to keep your room warm. We know it is hard to say goodbye, but delaying its replacementRead More
As you prepare to welcome your little one, there are probably a million things running through your mind when it comes to “baby-proofing” your home. While we cannot cover every safety tip out there, there are some important steps you can take to keep your family comfortable and safe during this new stage of life.Read More
A Smarter and More Efficient Way to Manage As manager of the call center, there is never a dull day for Chrissy Kelly. Her job involves overseeing all of the operations in the department, meaning she must keep track of a lot of information. The call center team works together to handle all follow-up coordination,Read More
There is a reason why more and more homeowners are making the switch to programmable thermostats every year–well… ten reasons actually: 1) It Saves You Money (Really) The best way to combat those high bills is to reduce your energy usage. Instead of heating or cooling your house while you are away, you are ableRead More
After decades of experience providing reliable plumbing, electric, and HVAC services, W.E. Brown has expanded their products/services to include smart-home technology. While the idea of smart-home devices may be intimidating for some, Jay Taggart (CEO of W.E. Brown) saw this addition as a natural progression for the company. After all, they have been installing theRead More
Seven years ago, Jessica Pritchett began to dream about becoming an electrician, but put her goals aside to care for others. Despite all odds, her unwavering passion led her to pursue that dream at W.E. Brown years later. Her whole life, Jessica has been passionate about fixing things and discovering how they worked. However, pursuingRead More
When a family’s cat was in serious danger, duct mechanic Roy Haislip and call center employee Jennifer Perry did not hesitate to come to its rescue. Their heroic actions and compassion for others exemplify what we always aim to achieve at W.E. Brown. Read about how the event unfolded through the eyes of Roy andRead More
Everything working together to create your whole-home comfort (your HVAC, dishwasher, washer, and dryer) has a lifespan. A lot of people tend to wait until their system fails or gets entirely run into the ground before having it replaced. Something to consider, however, if you know the manufacturer’s lifespan on any of your products, isRead More
New Look, Same Reliable Service Here at W.E. Brown, we are always striving to go above and beyond for our customers, and there is no detail too small when it comes to providing an excellent experience. From the moment our trucks hit the road, our goal is to provide customer service that is both personalRead More
Yep, and we give this video ‘Two Thumbs Up.’ As a routine check-up, a Sewer Camera video inspection of your main sewer line is a noninvasive and cost-effective way to forecast your home’s plumbing health as well as identify an invasive root before it grows, collects debris, and turns into a significant clog in yourRead More
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As always, the W.E. Brown folks responded promptly and professionally to my plumbing problem. Dale is professional and efficient. He always clearly explains what he is doing to fix the problem and why. I feel the cost is always reasonable for the quality of service provided. Jennifer, my contact person in the office, was also very professional and a patient and kind listener. Many thanks!!
I just started working for W.E. Brown and I have had multiple companies come look at my heating and air and same results nothing. Matt came out today and got me and my wife a game plan to get it fixed the right way. Jennifer setup my appointment this morning and had someone out same evening. Thanks for the answers to my issues.
New heat pump was installed in November 2019. On 16 January 2020 unit blew an internal fuse. Cause of blown fuse was a short in one of the wires running from the inside unit to the outside unit. The 16 year old wire that was exposed to the elements was not replaced. Repair was not covered under the warranty of work and I had to pay to get the heat pump repaired. The wire should have been replaced during the new installation.
UPDATE:1/22/2020. Issue has been resolved. There was a misunderstanding as to what would occur during the new installation. Recommend when you get a quote make sure you know what will be done and what will not be done.
I purchased a Trane HVAC system in October 2018. It has not only been a great system, but i was glad i went with W.E.Brown. It was a pleasure working with Jerry Kidd, he was very helpful in finding a system that fitted my needs; he was knowledgeable, punctual by phone and email throughout the whole process and has a laid back--not pushy style! Travis was very thorough and did a great job on my first service and Chrissy and all the office staff have been great as well! I highly recommend W.E.Brown, although they are well established, you can tell they genuinely care about their customers and are not resting on their laurels!
WE Brown is the third H&A contractor we have had in CVille. We have been with them for three years. They are not the biggest, but they are the best.
For example, our AC unit quick working on a hot summer day. I called and got priority service. WE Brown was there within the hour and we had AC that afternoon. With our last contractor, we got put on a list and sweated for two days.
A second example. This week the furnace fan motor was emitting an electrical smell and was loud. I called and they had two technicians out working, but the first one to finish would be there. No hurry, I said, gas fireplace was keeping us warm. WE Brown was there in under an hour. The fan motor had been replaced by another contractor three years before and was probably under warranty. WE Brown found that an undersize capacitor was installed and caused the premature failure. New motor and new capacitor was installed. It is QUIET. The big news: The job cost was 1/3 of the previous contractor.
WE Brown may not be the biggest, but they are the best. Switch companies while you have a chance.
Bob Drake, CVille
I had a clothes dryer that needed converted to run on propane and connected up to the LP line in the house safely and correctly. Daniel M. came and was prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and thorough in converting the unit to run on propane and run the line in the basement from the manifold to the dryer. I'm glad I enlisted a company with professional and experienced people to do the job correctly and well. I would definitely recommend the company and especially Daniel for any friends and neighbors who have plumbing jobs they need done in their homes. Very satisfied and will use them in the future for any tasks that are beyond my comfort level.
Our water pressure tank developed a pinhole leak the day before eight family members were to arrive for Thanksgiving. W.E. Brown was able to send someone out the same day, and Daniel Maupin, our plumber, went far above and beyond to take care of us. He was here late, cutting into his personal time, and had to drive 30 minutes away to source the parts he needed, and came back to finish the job the same night! That kind of work ethic is hard to find these days...