Tip of the Month

When Should You Call in the Pros?

In a world filled with projects, DIY sites, blogs and online tutorials, many of us stand to save a significant amount of money and learn a valuable skill or two by rolling up our sleeves and doing repair or maintenance work ourselves.  Many small plumbing projects are well-suited for the do-it-yourselfer, and we are thrilled you’re taking an interest in your plumbing.  However, some projects, no matter how simple they seem, are just best left to a pro.  Here is a simple cheat sheet to follow.  If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the following, save yourself the time and potential for big costs and just give us a call.

1. Is a permit required?

Think of your plumbers like super skilled masters of permits and pipes, sporting cool tool belts and handy shoe covers, and you’ve got the right idea.  Your plumber will understand the process of building codes and knows when a permit is required and will ensure your job passes inspection.  Anytime you are installing new or moving existing plumbing, such as with a bath or kitchen remodel or adding a gas line, a permit is likely needed.  Save yourself a headache and partner with a licensed, reputable company before getting started.

 2. Is the water heater involved?

It is simply not recommended to work on the water heater without proper knowledge or guidance.  Many things can go wrong while working on your water heater, and you could make a leak worse or cause additional damage.  Avoid having to replace the unit when you could simply have it repaired by calling a professional.

3. Is the main line the issue?

If you know what to look for, your house will tell you if your main waste line is the problem.  Anytime your main line is involved, any water you run will cause your toilet to percolate or your toilet to back up into your tub or shower.  A main line stoppage will likely require special equipment that most homeowners don’t have.

4. Does a shower valve or tub need replaced?

Both a shower valve and tub replacement are bigger jobs than they seem.  They can be complex and end up costing you more time and money than you think.  The possibility for you to cause damage to your home or end up with a tub or shower that is inoperable warrants a call to a professional.

Need help? Contact us today.  We will send one of our super skilled masters of permits and pipes right away.  Be sure to check out the fancy shoe covers.

Q&A’s – HVAC & Plumbing

Q:  How do I know if my air ducts are leaking?

A:  In a typical home, up to 30 percent of air moving through the duct system is lost to leaky or poorly connected ducts.  Inefficient duct systems result in higher utility bills and widely varying temperatures in different areas of your home. We recommend you have your duct system professionally evaluated if you experience any of the following:

  • Utility bills that are higher than normal
  • Areas or rooms in your home that never seem to feel comfortable
  • Ducts located in the attic, garage or crawlspace
  • Flexible ducts that are tangled or kinked
  • Visible leaks or wear in your duct system

Q:  What should I do if my I see ice on my air conditioner?

A:  Ice would seem to be the last thing you would need to worry about in the middle of the summer, but frozen air conditioners are one of the most common air conditioning problems we see this time of year. If your air conditioner stops working when it is hot outside, you may have a frozen air conditioner.  If you notice ice on your outdoor unit or your indoor unit is wet, you can try to thaw it yourself.  If you feel apprehensive completing any of the following steps we recommend calling a professional.  A service call is much less expensive than a replacement.

  1. Turn your system off at the thermostat.
  2. Remove the cover from your unit indoors and allow it to thaw.
  3. Switch your fan ‘on’ but leave the air conditioner off.  This will help the unit to thaw faster.
  4. Once thawed, replace the cover and turn your system back ‘on’.

Your air conditioner may take several hours to thaw completely.  If your home still is not cooling, it is time to call a professional.  A.J. Perri will be happy to help, day or night 24/7.

Q:  How can I save money on my air conditioning bill?

A:  There are many ways you can be proactive and cut your air conditioning bill by reducing the amount of energy you use in your home.  First, ensure your system performs at its peak efficiency by having your system tuned up annually.  Annual maintenance can improve your air conditioner’s efficiency by up to 20 percent.  Then, clean or replace your filter every one to three months following manufacturer instructions.  A dirty air filter will obstruct airflow forcing your system to work harder.  Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to adjust to your schedule is perfect for setting it and forgetting it.  Finally, avoid raising the temperature of your home by keeping curtains and blinds closed and avoiding use of heat producing appliances during the hottest times of the day.

If you have more questions, feel free to go to our Ask-an-Expert page online.  Fill out the form and we’ll get back to you right away!

We have been serving the New Jersey area for 40+ years, one satisfied customer at a time. We look forward to hearing from you if you need additional information on our products and services, or a suggestion about how we may better serve you.

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