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Frequently Asked Plumbing & HVAC Questions

Why should I hire a licensed plumber?

Plumbing that is installed by anyone other than a licensed plumber can cause irreparable damage to your home and property, and threaten the safety of your family.

A plumbing license is only issued to those individuals who have successfully completed the appropriate level of education and training to have been recognized by the governing state. The license holds the individual accountable to the regulatory body who issued the certificate, and they may be held liable if they are found in violation of the rules.

My garbage disposal is clogged! What should I do?

There are a number of solutions you can try before calling the experts at Pohlman Plumbing, but before attempting any of them, turn off the breaker that supplies power to the unit.

Solution 1: Shine a light in the disposal to see if you can spot the cause of the clog. Using long handled tongs or pliers, remove the item(s). Clear the area and restore power, then hit the reset button on the disposal and test the unit.

Solution 2: Try plunging the drain to loosen the clog. Restore power, press the reset button, and test the unit.

Solution 3: Pour one-quarter cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by one-half cup of vinegar, and block the opening. Wait ten minutes, restore power and reset the disposal. Run hot water down the disposal for several minutes and test the unit.

If none of the above solutions work, call Pohlman Plumbing for expert plumbing repair.

How do I fix a leaky faucet?

Even a small faucet can leak gallons of water each day. To repair a basic two-handled faucet, begin by turning off the water supply valves beneath the sink and then turn the faucet on to drain any water left in the lines.

  1. Remove the screw cover, loosen the screw below, and gently remove the handle.
  2. Use a wrench to remove the packing nut and then the stem, which may twist or pop off depending on the model.
  3. Remove the O-ring and washer, and install replacement parts, ensuring they are an exact match.
  4. Reassemble the faucet.

If you aren’t comfortable repairing the faucet on your own, call Pohlman Plumbing for professional plumbing repair services at 443-961-2886.

My water won’t get hot anymore!

Common causes to this problem include:

Gas Water Heater

  • Excess use of hot water
  • Pilot light gone out
  • Interrupted gas supply
  • Malfunctioning burner
  • Gas leak (NOTE: If you smell gas immediately evacuate your home and call for service.)

Electric Water Heater

  • Tripped breaker
  • Water leak
  • Malfunctioning heating element

One of our skilled, licensed technicians will diagnose the cause of your water heater issues and complete any necessary repairs, or provide recommendations for a replacement.

What HVAC systems do you install?

We provide expert installation, maintenance, and repair for all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps.

Why is R-22 refrigerant being phased out?

R-22 refrigerant is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), which has been declared an ozone-depleting substance. Air conditioners manufactured after 2010 no longer employ R-22 refrigerant. R-22 production will cease completely by 2020.

How long should an air conditioner last?

The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is between 12 and 15 years, but with recent advances in technology, we recommend replacing your air conditioner if it is more than 10 years old. New air conditioners are much more efficient and can produce significant savings on your energy bills.

How long should a furnace last?

On average, a furnace will last between 12 and 15 years, depending on the quality of the equipment and whether it was professionally installed, and maintained.

Why does HVAC maintenance matter?

During annual HVAC maintenance, a skilled technician will clean, tune, and inspect your heating or cooling equipment, identifying areas that need repair. Benefits include:

  • Increased efficiently
  • Lower energy costs
  • Longer lifespan
  • Fewer repairs
  • Enhanced comfort

Call Pohlman Plumbing at 443-961-2886 or contact us online to schedule HVAC maintenance each spring and fall.

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