Metallic Tasting Water Could Be a Sign of Rusty Pipes

metallic water tasteSummertime is the best time for a tall glass of cool water, but if you find metallic-tasting water instead of a refreshing drink, it’s cause for concern. There are some common reasons for that off-putting taste, but the most common is rusty pipes. Here’s a breakdown of how and why that happens.


Metal in the Water

When your water tastes like metal, it’s more than likely due to metal coming from your pipes that leaches into your water supply when your pipes are rusty. The type of metal depends on what type of pipes you have. Rusted pipes are most often iron, and that iron taste in the water is what you’ll find when the pipes start to corrode.


Can it Cause Health Issues?

Water that tastes like metal isn’t generally a health concern unless you have lead or zinc pipes. Iron pipes can make the water taste hideous, but you don’t have to worry about being dangerous.


How to Get Rid of the Bad Taste

There are a couple of ways to manage the iron taste in your water. First, you can install a whole-home water filtration system that will filter the water that comes into your home, improving it in all taps. Second, if the rust in your pipes is significant, it could require major pipe repair or re-piping in your home.


If your tap water tastes like metal, you don’t have to start buying bottled water and avoid the tap. Instead, an assessment of your plumbing is essential to determining the cause of the issue and the necessary repairs. Contact the team at Hill Plumbing and Air now to schedule a service call with an experienced plumber.

Why Is My AC Not Turning On?

ac not turning onIs your AC unit not turning on? There isn’t a worse way to spend a summer day than in a house with no air conditioning. The good news is it could be an easy fix. Here are some common reasons your AC unit won’t turn on.


Dirty Air Filter

Air filters trap dirt, dust, and other airborne contaminants and prevent damage to the HVAC equipment. However, when the filter is dirty and clogged, the airflow becomes impaired. When that happens, ice can form on the coils, causing the unit to shut down.


Dirty Coils

Dirt anywhere in or on your cooling equipment can lead to poor operation, but dirty coils can stop it in its tracks. The dirt prevents the coils from absorbing heat, so your air conditioner can’t turn on.


Leaking Refrigerant

The refrigerant is an essential part of your cooling system. It allows the unit to absorb heat and create cooled air that circulates through your home. Unfortunately, if there is a leak and the levels get low, the AC unit won’t turn on.


Malfunctioning Thermostat

The thermostat tells the HVAC system when to turn on and off to bring your home to the desired temperature. A thermostat that’s not functioning properly can lead to an AC unit that won’t turn on. Whether set improperly or simply needs new batteries, the thermostat is one of the most common causes and easiest fixes for an AC that isn’t turning on.


Why is your AC not turning on? There are many possible explanations. Contact the team at Hill Plumbing and Air to schedule service and repair and get your HVAC system back in action so you can enjoy your summer.

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