An odor similar to burning plastic coming from your heater can indicate there is an object in the unit – such as a wrapper, debris, or even a toy. This object can melt while the furnace runs, causing the odor. To resolve this, shut off the system and try to remove the object, and call for professional services.
Fortunately, modern gas furnaces have safety standards in place to help prevent the systems from starting on fire or exploding. While it is still possible for this to happen, typically the unit will shut off before a dangerous event can occur.
If your water pressure suddenly got lower, it can indicate there’s a problem with your plumbing system. You need to call for professional services. Some potential reasons can include:
- There are too many plumbing fixtures running at the same time.
- There are faulty fixtures, like showerheads or faucets.
- There is a broken pressure regulator. This is meant to stabilize the water pressure in your home.
- There are closed valves that are preventing your water supply from traveling through them.
- There are clogged pipes disrupting the water flow through the pipes.
If you are running out of hot water quickly, this can be due to several reasons, including:
- Multiple appliances are using hot water at the same time.
- There is sediment building up in the unit.
- The dip tube is broken. This allows cold water to move to the bottom of the tank to be heated.
- Your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan.
- Your unit’s thermostat is not working properly.
If your lights start flickering – either when they are on, or when you are running certain appliances – it can signal a wiring issue or a problem with your power supply. You need to call our electricians to schedule an appointment.
When determining when to replace your home’s aging wiring, watch for these signs that can indicate you need to schedule an installation:
- You have bad wiring connections.
- You notice the lights dimming or brightening periodically.
- You notice the lights flickering.
- You notice the odor of burning plastic.
- You see sparks, flames, or smoke.
- You notice the wires start to overheat.
- You notice scorching around or behind the faceplate.
If you’re worried your generator is malfunctioning, it’s essential to watch for these key signs that can indicate a problem. Our electricians recommend watching for:
- If there are signs of a leak.
- If it is low in coolant.
- If there is no fuel, or if fuel is leaking.
- If the battery is dead or malfunctioning.
- If the unit is not turning on correctly.
When you need plumbing, heating, or cooling repairs, call Patriot Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. at 509-662-6262 for services in Wenatchee, WA. We offer straightforward pricing.