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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about your air conditioning, heating or plumbing systems?

That’s perfectly normal! Many homeowners do. Our industry-leading experts in Bristol County, MA, can answer all your HVAC and plumbing questions—call us today!

At RCL Mechanical, we strive to educate our clients in Taunton, MA, to make well-informed decisions about their HVAC and plumbing systems. Below are answers to some common questions we receive.

If you still have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime. We would be happy to answer it for you.

Why does my heater smell like burning plastic?

A burning plastic smell originating from your heater might mean two things. First, it’s possible that a foreign object got lodged near the heating components and started to burn. Another potential cause is an electrical failure. For your safety, we recommend turning off your heating immediately and calling us to assess your system.

Why does my AC system smell like vinegar or gas?

If your AC smells like vinegar, a buildup of organic material inside the system might be the culprit. Bacteria and microorganisms can thrive inside poorly maintained air conditioners and produce substances that emit a sour odor. When you notice a gassy, almost faintly sweet, aroma from your AC, reach out to our HVAC technicians immediately. There’s a high chance that you might be dealing with a hazardous Freon leak.

Can my furnace catch on fire or explode?

While there’s a chance that your furnace will catch on fire or explode, it’s many safety mechanisms will make that scenario very unlikely to happen. Most heating systems today will shut down automatically the moment they start overheating.

What should I do when the water pressure is too low?

The first thing you can do if you’re experiencing low water pressure is to call your water supplier, as it might be undergoing system maintenance. If not, your shut-off valve might not be fully open. Most properties have their valves installed in or near their water meter. Slowly unscrew the tap and see if your situation improves. If you’re still experiencing poor water pressure, it might stem from a serious plumbing problem, such as faulty pressure regulators, severe plumbing clogs, corroded pipework, or broken or faulty fixtures. These issues require industry experience and specialized tools, so be sure to call our plumbing experts for help.

What is the best drain cleaning method?

Drain snakes handled by experienced professionals are enough to clear out most clogged drains. However, the toughest obstructions – especially those located deep inside your pipework – are best cleaned through hydro-jetting. The most effective methods vary per case, which is why we at RCL Mechanical provide tailor-fit drain cleaning services instead of relying on cookie-cutter solutions.

Why is my water heater running out of hot water so quickly?

There are many possible causes of your hot water running out too soon, with the most common being age, low heating output, poor installation or lack of upkeep. When your heater exceeds its operational lifespan, it begins to lose its original performance. Alternately, the water heater you chose might not have the capacity and output needed by your home or business. If your unit was installed by inexperienced contractors, you might end up with subpar heating. And, .ike any machine, your water heater will only work its best when properly maintained.

How will I know if I need AC repair or maintenance?

Common signs include unusual noises, reduced airflow, higher than usual energy bills, and the system not cooling as effectively as before.

How frequently should I tune up my AC unit?

We recommend servicing your AC unit at least once a year to ensure it operates efficiently and to prevent potential issues from developing.

Can you help me choose the right AC unit for my home?

Absolutely! Our experts will assess your space, consider your specific needs, and recommend the best AC unit that suits your budget and cooling requirements.

What are the benefits of regular AC maintenance?

Regular maintenance can extend the life of your AC unit, improve energy efficiency, reduce the likelihood of costly breakdowns, and ensure consistent comfort.

How do I know if my furnace needs repair or replacement?

Signs that your furnace may need attention include strange noises, uneven heating, frequent cycling, and an increase in energy bills. Our technicians can assess your furnace and recommend the best course of action.

How often should my heating system be serviced?

We recommend having your heating system professionally serviced at least once a year to maintain efficiency and prevent potential issues.

Can RCL Mechanical help me choose the right heating system for my space?

Absolutely! Our experts will consider your space, preferences, and budget to recommend the most suitable heating system for your needs.

What are the benefits of regular maintenance for my heating system?

Regular maintenance extends the lifespan of your heating system, improves energy efficiency, prevents unexpected breakdowns, and ensures consistent warmth.