There are many benefits to having a water pressure regulator control the amount of water pressure in your home (even if it doesn’t seem like it sometimes). Your household pipes and appliances cannot tolerate the same force of water pressure that is needed to supply water to various neighborhoods. Water pressure regulators help to slow down the amount of pressure flowing into home thereby saving your pipes, faucets, showers, dishwashers and washing machines from being damaged.
The regulators have pretty big job to do and will need to be replaced from time to time. A big problem for regulators is debris blocking or jamming the mechanism. Debris can get into the pipes from the supply line and since the pipes leading to regulator are small in order for it to function properly even the smallest amount of sediment can wreak havoc causing various problems from a dip in water pressure to even complete failure of the water regulator.
Another problem that can develop over time is short cycling. The pump may start turning on and off at random intervals and pressure may be either too high or too low for what is needed. When this happens it is usually due to a loss of air in the water tank. Another cause of this may be a defect in the pressure control switch on the regulator.
One of the biggest problems for a regulator is the loss of the pump. This helps the machine to control the water so when there is loss of pump there is an increase in water pressure. If the pump cannot be heard when you turn on the regulator the pump may need to be replaced.
Water pressure regulators are a valuable tool in protecting our plumbing and expensive appliances from being damaged by too much force in the water that is pushed through them on a daily basis. Having it replaced when it goes bad is far cheaper than have a total home breakdown due to having one that is not working properly. If you are worried your regulator is not working as it should give us a call 203-791-8089 and let the professionals at Carmine’s take a look at what is going wrong.