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Are you experiencing trouble with your plumbing or HVAC systems? The team at Saratoga Plumbing & Heating compiled this helpful list of FAQ’s. Don’t see the answer here? Contact us to arrange service instead.

When the water pressure is too low, you can take the following steps:

  • Contact your neighbors to see if the problem is widespread. If it is, it may be the municipal supply. If not, your piping may be faulty.
  • If you use a well pump, check to see if it is in good working order. Your pump may be faulty or unable to meet the demand.
  • Test the pressure using a test gauge on your faucet using a hose connector to connect it. Make sure you’re not using water in any other part of your home first. 60 psi is a good reading, but 15 to 20 points above or below indicate an issue.
  • Unclog pipes and shower drains to remove accumulated lime scale.
  • Check that your main water valve is set to the fully open setting.
  • Check for leaks.

There are several reasons, including:

  • There are too many people in the house, and the tank cannot keep up.
  • You’re using too much hot water at once.
  • The water heater is set too low.
  • The dip tube is likely broken if this is a recent issue.
  • You have an accumulation of sediment in the tank.
  • You’re using more gallons per minute than your machine can handle.
  • The heating element is no longer working.

This is one of the most common FAQ’s. Gas piping can consist of many materials, including:

  • Black iron
  • PVC
  • High-density polyethylene
  • Copper
  • Steel

The smell may be due to a wiring issue, worn bearing, or overheating. If you have children, the issue could be a toy or another object obstructing the vents.

A good-quality furnace has many in-built safety features to prevent this from happening. As long as you maintain it well, your furnace is unlikely to explode or catch alight.

Your air conditioner may smell like vinegar or gas because of:

  • High ozone output
  • Condensation on the coils
  • A faulty filter
  • A blocked condensate pan
  • Mold
  • A gas leak

Do you have a problem not covered in our FAQ's? Call our experts at Saratoga Plumbing & Heating at 518-932-1483 for a speedy resolution.