LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR HOME’S VITAL SYSTEMS WITH OUR HELPFUL FAQS
Here you can find information about some of the most common plumbing and HVAC concerns before our team’s scheduled service call. Find out more by calling our Northern Virginia and Maryland HVAC and plumbing experts at (540) 413-0151 !
MY HOT WATER RUNS OUT FASTER THAN IT USED TO. IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY WATER HEATER?
Water heaters are designed to hold a set number of gallons; however, they require occasional maintenance in order to reach their maximum capacity. Even if you have your water softened, minerals and sediment can build up in your tank, making it impossible for the heater to hold the gallons for which it was designed. Consider having your water heater cleaned to help improve the amount of hot water available in your home.
WHY DOES MY FAUCET MAKE A LOUD CLUNKING NOISE WHEN I TURN IT ON?
Usually, air has become trapped in the pipes, making that surprising sound you hear when you turn on the faucet. This can happen in any faucet and the sound often goes away on its own. If you frequently experience this noise, ask our plumber to inspect your pipes to see if there’s an underlying chronic cause.
WHY IS MY WATER BILL SUDDENLY REALLY HIGH?
An unexpectedly high water bill almost always signals the homeowner that there’s a problem. Usually, it’s a minor but irritating leak—either in the toilet or in one of your faucets—though sometimes it indicates a structural slab leak that can compromise your home’s foundation. Experiment by turning off the water to your home. If the water valves are still moving, you probably have a broken pipe.
WHY IS MY HOUSE ALWAYS SO DUSTY?
Fortunately, this is often a quick fix for homeowners! If you dusted this morning, ran your heater or air conditioner, then found a new layer of dust in the afternoon, you probably need your filter changed. Sometimes it helps cut down on dust and allergens to also have your ducts cleaned periodically.
MY LIVING ROOM IS ALWAYS COLD BUT MY BEDROOM IS SO HOT. WHAT'S GOING ON?
First, we’ll ask you where your thermostat is located. If it’s in the living room, home zoning can help solve this problem. The living room is usually larger than a bedroom, making your HVAC system work harder to get the large room to your set temperature. Meanwhile, that hot air is being pumped into your bedroom—a smaller space that heats up much faster.