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Plumbing & HVAC FAQ

I Need the Plumber & AC Answers Your Questions

At one point or another as a homeowner or a renter, you are going to have some pressing questions about your home’s plumbing or HVAC system. Unless you are an experienced service technician yourself, knowing the answers to those questions can be tough, even if the situation at hand actually isn’t that complicated. To help you prepare for some of life’s most common plumbing questions and HVAC concerns, our team at I Need the Plumber & AC in Port St. Lucie have created this handy FAQ! If you have more questions after reviewing our FAQ, please feel free to call us at (772) 361-6090 to see how we can help with your plumbing problem.

Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing & HVAC

  • Why is my toilet flushing itself?
    A self-flushing toilet is probably caused by one of the parts inside the tank is defective, possibly due to normal wear-and-tear.
  • Why does my toilet move when I sit on it?
    It might be that your toilet was not secured properly to the floor flange upon first installation, or the floor flange has cracked and needs to be repaired.
  • Why is my faucet dripping?
    When faucet cartridges start to fail, water starts to drip and leak. As you close the handle tighter, the cartridge breaks down further. The problem could also be an issue with the gaskets, depending on the type of faucet you have.
  • Why is the water pressure low in my shower?
    Low water pressure out of your showerhead is usually indicative of needing a shower valve rebuild. The internal parts of the valve are could be old or covered with calcium and no longer work properly.
  • Why is my AC blowing hot air?
    Something is wrong, but it might be one of many things. You should get someone to look at it sooner rather than later. Turn the system off to prevent further damage until a technician can tell you what’s going on.
  • Why is there water dripping from the inside unit (air handler)?
    A drip in this part of your HVAC unit usually indicates a clogged drain line.
  • I have my AC set to 72, but the T-Stat is reading 78 – why?
    Something is definitely wrong, but, again, it could be one of many issues. First, check or replace your thermostat batteries. If the issue isn’t with the batteries, increase the temperature to 77 or 78, and call a technician to check the system out.
  • I don’t have any hot water! Why?
    It could be one or more of several issues, depending on the type of water heater you own. You should have it checked by a professional.
  • Why is my water rusty or brown color?
    The water heater is rusting from the inside out and the corrosion is getting into your water. The solution can vary depending on if you have well or city water.
  • My water heater is leaking from the top — can it be repaired?
    If it’s from the dielectric nipples, they can sometimes be removed and replaced. If the water heater is in bad shape, older than six-years, or out-of-warranty, we usually recommend replacing the entire unit.
  • How do I shut off the water to my house?
    First, you need to know where the main shut off valve is located! If you are able to find it, you might require some strength to crank the valve to the right to close it. A special wrench may also be needed. When in doubt, call our Port St. Lucie plumbers at (772) 361-6090 for emergency plumbing services.
  • What do I do if I have a leak?
    You need to first identify where the leak is occurring. A leak inside a wall or slab needs immediate attention to help reduce the spread of serious water damage. A leaky valve located outside should be fixed quickly, but it is not likely a plumbing emergency. You can be scheduled your service a day or so in the future, if that is more convenient for you.
  • Why are my toilet and shower drains slowly draining?
    A slow drain in your shower or toilet is usually caused by a mainline clog. You will need to schedule a plumber to diagnose the issue for you to find out just what is happening, though.

Remember: If you have additional questions and still need the help of a plumber or HVAC technician, you can contact I Need the Plumber & Air Conditioning at any time!