When do I know if I need a new water heater?

There are several signs that may indicate your water heater might be failing: A complete or partial loss of hot water supply. The unit no longer provides the same temperature or duration of hot water as it had in the past.  Water buildup ...

Should I close HVAC vents in rooms I don’t use a lot in order to save money?

The practice of closing off vents in parts of your home that aren’t being used in order to save money dates back to when homes were heated from a central location, like a fireplace. Back then it worked. Today homes are equipped with central ...

Why is my water pressure so low?

Several things can cause low water pressure. One problem could be the amount of water your local utility company is pumping out. Another is the age of your pipes and the amount of rust in them. Blockages and other restrictions in your pipes can ...

If my drain is clogged, should I use a chemical drain cleaner before I call a plumber?

I wouldn’t recommend this for several reasons; most drain chemicals are very toxic in nature, not a good thing to keep around the home if you have children or pets. If they do make it down the drain we are contributing to global pollution. The ...

I think I am spending way too much on heating and cooling my home. How can I find out for sure?

Start with your utility company; they can help a great deal. How do you know how much is “too much”? Comparing previous bills isn’t always a good measure, as the weather is never exactly the same month to month. Instead, if you take your energy ...

What causes your air conditioning unit to frost over?

Air conditioners work by moving warm air over the cooling coil (also know as the evaporator coil). This process removes moisture from the air, which accumulates in the collector pan. This process is also key to maintaining a comfortable ...

I have very cold and very warm rooms in my home. Is there anything I can do?

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 ...

Why do I have hot water in my toilet?

You may have hot water in your toilet because of a bad flapper in the toilet tank or a bad fill valve. When a toilet has a mixing valve (to prevent condensation), a little hot water is added to bring the temperature up. When this system is not ...

Can I save money by closing off HVAC vents in rooms I don’t use a lot?

The practice of closing off vents in parts of your home that aren’t being used in order to save money dates back to when homes were heated from a central location, like a fireplace.  Back then it worked.  Today, homes are ...

Why does the water in my toilet tank keep overflowing?

Most likely the fill valve in the tank has a leak in it, however, if you’ve recently replaced the fill valve it’s possible that it was set too high. If you have an old fill valve, that’s probably your best course of action. Sometimes the shaft ...

What Causes the White Substance on My Faucet? What Can I Do About It?

Mineral deposits cause this unsightly buildup. To remove them, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag. Place the bag over the showerhead or faucets and hold it in place with a twist tie overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and gently ...

Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer, can pose a serious threat in some instances and is yet another reason to have your furnace and water heater inspected by A.J. Perri. A carbon monoxide detector is a wise investment. A.J. Perri ...