Frequently Asked Questions

Carmine's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has compiled a list of questions homeowners call us with most frequently, so you can avoid any unnecessary phone tag!

What causes a hot water heater to reset?

There are many reasons why a hot water heater may reset. One common reason is when the temperature exceeds the maximum safe limit. If sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank, it can also cause the water heater to reset. Improperly installed or defective thermostats, switches, or heating elements can also trigger a reset. Finally, if there is a power outage, the water heater may reset as it attempts to restart.

What is a sump pump and how does it work?

The sump pump is a great way to keep your home dry. It's designed with valves that sense when water gets too high, and then automatically moves excess liquid out of the basement through an effluence line for disposal into designated drainage areas around homes or buildings without plumbing systems - like attics! Sump pumps are typically installed by plumbers, but there are some do-it-yourself kits available. If you're not comfortable installing the pump yourself, it's best to hire a professional.

How can you unblock a toilet without using chemicals or tools?

There are many different methods to unclog a toilet. One easy way is to pour two cups of baking soda into the bowl, followed by about four cups of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for at least five minutes before flushing it away with cool water. If this method does not clear the blockage, try using a closet plunger. You can also pour hot water into the bowl to clear away any debris. As a last resort, you can use a plumber's snake to remove toilet clogs.

Why is my heater heating up but not my furnace?

There are several possible reasons why your heater might be working but your furnace is not. One possibility is that the furnace filter is dirty and needs to be replaced. Another reason could be that the limit switch has been tripped, which would stop the furnace from igniting. Finally, there could be a problem with the ignition control board or the gas valve. If you are not sure what is causing the problem, it is best to call a professional technician for assistance.

What causes a heat pump to stop cooling?

There are several reasons why a heat pump might stop cooling. One common reason is when the refrigerant charge falls below the manufacturer's specifications. A low refrigerant charge can cause the compressor to overheat and stop working. Another possible reason is a dirty filter, which can impede airflow and cause the evaporator coil to freeze up. Finally, there could be a problem with the thermostat or compressor. It is best to have your system inspected by a professional technician to determine the root cause of this issue.

How often do ductless mini-splits require maintenance?

It is best to have your ductless mini splits serviced annually by a professional technician. Since the units are installed outside of your home, it is easier to inspect them and make any necessary repairs or cleanings. It is also a good idea to check on the system during the winter months, including cleaning out any debris that might interfere with airflow. If you do not have your ductless mini splits serviced on a regular basis, you may experience decreased efficiency or even failure.

How to detect gas leak in split ac?

If you have noticed your air conditioning unit leaking, it is most likely because of mechanical damage to its refrigerant lines. Air conditioners use gas-filled tubes called "refrigerants" that are kept at very low temperatures in order for them work properly; any disruption or wear on these parts will cause a leak.

Is it possible to repair a leaking air-conditioner coil?

It is possible to repair a leaking air-conditioner coil, but the repair may be more expensive than purchasing a new unit. If the coil is leaking refrigerant, the entire unit will need to be replaced. However, if the coil is leaking water, it may be possible to seal the leak with silicone caulk or a similar product. It is also important to make sure that the air conditioner is not installed in an area where it will be exposed to freezing temperatures. If you are unsure about repairing your coil, it is best to hire a professional technician for assistance.

How often should you change your AC filter?

Ideally, you should change your AC filter every month. However, if you have a pet or someone in your home who smokes, you may need to change it more often. Filters should be replaced when they are visibly dirty or clogged. If you're not comfortable changing your ac filter, it's best to hire a professional.

How can I tell if my air ducts are leaking?

One way to determine whether your air ducts are leaking is to check if there is any water damage in your home. If the walls, ceiling, baseboards, or floors are wet when you do not have a running appliance nearby, this could be an indicator of a problem. You should also make sure that your filter is clean and functional; if it is clogged, the airflow could be restricted and cause moisture to collect in the ducts. Finally, you can hire a professional technician to test for leaks in your duct system.

Who do I call to fix a gas line?

Carmine's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call for any gas line needs. We are experts in installation, repair, and replacement of gas lines. We have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right, and we're always here to help!

If you have any other questions about heating and cooling systems, please do not hesitate to contact Carmine's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We are happy to help!