FAQ Archives - A.J. Perri

What are some warning signs that my plumbing might have a leak?

Leaks aren’t always so easy to spot and can occur anywhere in your home. Here are some things to look or listen for: Do you hear water running when no taps or fixtures are in use? Do you have mildew or signs of mold anywhere in your home? Is ...

How Can I Get Rid of the Foul Smell in my Garbage Disposal?

These odors are a result of food debris building up in your disposal.  Over time spoiled food and bacteria accumulate.  A great way to eliminate this smell is to use a lemon or orange.  Cut the lemon or orange up into small sections and put it ...

How long should my furnace last?

This depends greatly upon how well it is maintained but in general the average life is 15 years. But I can’t stress enough that the better maintained your furnace is, by having seasonal check-ups performed every fall, the longer you can ...

What can I do if I have uneven temperatures throughout my home?

Temperature differences of up to three degrees from room to room are not uncommon, but often one or several rooms are uncomfortably warm or cold.  This condition could be caused by a number of factors within your home including inadequate ...

What’s the best way to get my air conditioning running in the spring?

Remove the air filter on the furnace and clean it out. If you have a humidistat, turn it from 35% to 0%. 24 hours before starting your air conditioning, turn the disconnect back on. Wash the condenser unit (that’s the unit outside your ...

How can I improve the ventilation in my home?

Make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient by improving ventilation. Here are few “around the house” tips to boost ventilation:  Vent moisture to the outside from the bathroom and laundry room. The bathroom produces ...

My furnace and air conditioner are both new, do I really need to have it cleaned?

Yes!! Even though your system is new, it still needs to have annual maintenance performed. This will help keep the warranty in effect. Most all equipment manufactures state in the terms of their warranty that annual maintenance must be ...

Am I eligible for tax credits on an energy-efficient heating & cooling system I purchased last year (2012)?

Yes!  The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, in conjunction with Internal Revenue Code Section 25C, allowed for tax credits for equipment of specific efficiency levels; it took effect on January 1, 2009 and was allowed to expire on ...

What are some indications that I have a leak in my plumbing?

Water leaks around the house are often underestimated in their potential to cause serious damage. A trap that’s not tight, a toilet seal that’s lost its grip, or even a water line with a tiny drip too hard to see or hear, but every ...

When I turn on the faucet I hear a whining sound.  What is wrong?

Usually this results from air in the pipes.  There may be other reasons, like a loose washer, but air in the pipes is the most common cause. Turn the on the water faucet.  While it is on, turn OFF the main water valve and the water will shut ...

My water has a funny smell to it almost like rotten eggs. What is causing this and what can I do?

The foul smelling water is caused by a combination of hydrogen, sulfur, and bacteria. The magnesium anode rod installed in the tank protects the tank surface, but generates enough hydrogen to create an odor when it interacts with sulfur in the ...

My toilet has lost pressure and barely flushes. What causes this?

If you have one of the first low-pressure toilets that came on the market, the best thing to do is replace it. If your pressure loss just happened, the most common cause is a clog somewhere in the drain line. Plunging may solve the problem, but ...