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Traditional Water Heater Vs. Tankless Water Heater

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

When installing a new water heater, you need to know first the two types of water heaters and their advantages and disadvantages prior to deciding what to use on your home. There's traditional water heater and there's tankless water heater. So which one is better? It's a common matter but the question will be thrown back to the buyer for it actually depends on what will work best for you. To come up with a smart decision, here's a guide to help you pick the right water heater for your home.

Traditional Water Heater will store and preheat 30-50 gallons of water in a tank. The preheated water is used when you shower, do the laundry or wash the dishes. The tank then refills to be re-heated over again. Traditional water heater offers lower installation cost than tankless water heater. In case of damage, traditional water heater installation is affordable and can be replaced easily since it does not require complex setup. However, you may experience higher utility bill due to its mechanism that heat and re-heat water at a preset temperature irrespective of your water necessity. The tank is too large and can take up an entire room. Besides that, it can run out of water and has a shorter life span of about 10-15 years only.

On the other hand, Tankless Water Heater utilizes electric or gas to serve as heat source to warm cool water as necessary, anytime you need it. Instead of storing hot water in a tank. It is more energy efficient of 24%-34% energy savings than traditional water heater. Unlike storage tank water heaters, they are rather small so it doesn't occupy much space as it can be set-up against the wall. They could last for more than 20 years. But more importantly, they can provide 2-3 gallons of hot water each minute you need it. The only downside of tankless water heater is its expensive initial cost and when you switch a conventional tank water heater to tankless system. Tankless water heater installation is more complex so the labor cost is much higher and this adds up to the upfront cost.

ooking at their advantages and disadvantages, if you can afford the tankless water heater, you can avail long term savings. This is also more advisable for larger families since you have more people frequently using more hot water. However, the traditional water heater is more feasible when you're in a tight budget and requires immediate replacement.

For more information about water heater installation, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Why AC Cleaning Must Be Done Regularly

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

An air conditioner removes heat from a living space and releases it outside through refrigerant cycle between an indoor and an outdoor unit. The evaporator coil and condenser coil are the two most significant component involved in this process.

When air blows to the evaporator coils, heat is moved from the air in the living space to the refrigerant within the coils and taken outside. On the other hand, when air blows through the condenser coils, heat is moved from the refrigerant within the coils to the air outside.

Therefore, when you have dirt building up on either of the coils, it causes disruption to the heat-transfer process. This implies AC's refrigerant needs to work hard to absorb heat from your living space and release heat outside your home. Since inadequate heat is removed, the environment will be less cool and comfortable. Worse, it will increase the system's energy consumption. Aside from that, when dirt accumulates in the coils, it will develop airflow problems overtime. Your AC system will be susceptible to breakdowns when HVAC routine cleaning and maintenance is not performed.

Have a certified HVAC technician inspect, clean and maintain your air conditioner unit regularly. Through regular cleaning and maintenance, it can extend the life of your AC system as it helps reduce your energy cost. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating Inc. today!

What You Need to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

Darren Kincaid - Friday, June 28, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc - Chesapeake, VA

Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system must be cleaned and maintained. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. Just as you wouldn’t clean only half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your HVAC system. We recommend cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components:

  • air ducts
  • coils
  • drain pan
  • registers
  • grills
  • air plenum
  • blower motor and assembly
  • heat exchanger
  • air filter
  • air cleaner

There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants.

Breaking Contaminants Loose

Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with the use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include: brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.

Collection of Contaminants

During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (a vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home.

System Access

HVAC system cleaning is unique to each and every system. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the duct work in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, requires craftsmanship and professional skills.

Equipment Requirements

There is a wide variety of equipment available to HVAC cleaning professionals. Both truck-mounted and portable vacuums can be used to stop the spread of contaminants and get the system cleaned.

Antimicrobial Chemicals

Antimicrobial chemicals include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers that can be applied to nonporous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only chemicals registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and if the need for such treatment has been deemed necessary.

For more information on how to maintain the air duct at your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

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Common Sprinkler Problems and How to Fix Them

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Here’s a public service blog from your friends here at Chesapeake’s Central Plumbing and Heating. When you notice a problem with your sprinklers, you are advised to take immediate action to prevent larger issues. Poorly working sprinklers leave you with dry areas on the lawn, overly wet spots in other areas, and can cause disease and weeds. Here are some common sprinkler problems and how you can fix them.

Clogged Sprinkler

Over time, dirt and debris get trapped in the filter or nozzle. Obviously, the water won’t spray as far or as much as it should.
  • Pull up the sprinkler using a flat head screwdriver. Raise and secure the riser using a soft clamping device (for spray sprinklers).
  • Turn off the water and unscrew the top portion.
  • Remove the filter. For sprays, you might need tweezers to pull it out. For rotors, the filter is at the bottom, so you’ll need to remove all internal parts.
  • Rinse the filter and nozzle under water.
  • Replace the filter and nozzle. Aim the sprinkler so it sprays in the right direction. Turn on the water and test it out.

Leaky Sprinkler

The most common cause of leaks is lawn mowers or vehicles passing over sprinkler heads and damaging them. The passage of time also wears out the seal. A leaky sprinkler can cause a lot of problems: dry areas where the water doesn’t reach, soggy areas near the leak (which can also lead to disease and weeds), and a higher water bill.

The location of the leak should tell you what’s wrong. If the sprinkler is leaking near the top, first make sure the cap is screwed on tight. If that doesn’t work, then the problem might be a clog or an old seal. Unscrew the cap and check the seal. If it looks worn, replace it. If the leak is coming from the body of the sprinkler, you’ll likely need to replace the entire sprinkler. That is an easy fix.

  • If sprinkler is below ground level, dig up the turf and dirt 6-inches around it. Use a hand shovel and be careful to not damage any irrigation control cables.
  • Unscrew the old sprinkler. Take it with you to the store to buy a replacement part. The fool proof way is to buy the exact same brand and model. If not, ensure the replacement matches these characteristics: diameter of female opening, overall length, pressure, throw diameter, and arc.
  • Wrap a thin layer of Teflon tape around the threaded male head. Screw in the new sprinkler.
  • Replace any dirt and turf.

Overspray

Water that’s landing outside the lawn zone is wasteful. Overspray is usually caused by incorrectly positioned sprinklers. To fix, remove the soil from around the sprinkler, straighten the sprinkler, and replace the soil.

Blocked Sprinkler

Occasionally check the area around each sprinkler to make sure nothing is blocking the flow of water. This may include trash cans, plants, or overhanging branches. Maintain the area by cutting back turf grass and pulling up sprinklers that have been pushed down from mowers and vehicles.

If you are not confident of performing the fix yourself, tap your local irrigation specialist or landscaper to come out and get things back to normal for you.

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Common Causes and Fixes For Clogged Drains

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, May 23, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Bummer, that bathroom sink is clogged again. Fix it correctly this time and help prevent recurrence. Let us tell you how.

Bathroom Drain Clogs

A combination of dirt, soap foam, hair and skin flakes makes a gunk buildup that cause blockage on your drain pipes. To fix the block, you need to take off and clean the drain stopper. Use the drain plunger to clear the clog but make sure first to block the over-flow drain in the tub or sink. If the plunger fails, take off the elbow join and remove the dirt. Make sure to use hair strainer drain-cover to prevent it to go down the drain.

Clogged Toilet

Clogged toilets are a filthy job. Feminine napkins, toilet paper, dental floss are just few articles that are flushed on the toilet and can't be disintegrated by water. You can try your plunger to clear out the drain pipe. If the plunger didn't work, you can use a hand auger break or get stuff that blocks the pipe. You can prevent this gruesome scenario by never allowing things like these to be discarded in your toilets.

Kitchen Sink Drains

Food particles, oil grease and detergent scum are usual cause of clog in the kitchen sink. To tackle clogged in the kitchen sink, soften first the gunk by running a hot water. Follow that with a few drops of detergent and then pour more hot water. After few minutes, use a plunger and repeat the hot water process. If you still have no luck, you may use chemical drain opener.

If you are having plumbing issues, have a professional plumber inspect your drain lines to verify if they are properly designed and installed. Sometimes plumbing problems have nothing to do with how you live but have everything to do with how your plumbing was built. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc and we’ll get you squared away.

Damaged HVAC Duct Calls For Immediate Action

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, May 11, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc - Chesapeake, VA

A damaged HVAC duct will significantly heighten your energy consumption as the air conditioning system losses its efficiency. Conditioned air must go directly from the system to the living room. When you have a broken duct the conditioned air escapes and your AC unit must overwork. If you're experiencing unexpectedly high energy bills and you suspect something is wrong with your system, look for a trusted AC servicing as soon as possible.

There are various types of HVAC ducts. It often depends on the local building code on what material was used, what installation method and its location. HVAC duct material can be galvanized sheet metal system, fiberglass duct board, flex duct, or spider system. A certified HVAC technician can easily determine what type of duct you have installed in your home. They can readily detect and repair issues on your HVAC system as well.

If you are looking for an HVAC expert near Chesapeake, VA, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Our technicians are trained to evaluate, repair, and replace your existing duct work in order for you to get the absolute most out of your energy dollar.

Plumbing Service For New Home Additions

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 29, 2019

When you are expanding your home, you need to consider the work in broadening your plumbing system into the new room or space. Although this job can be learned, it is highly advised to seek a professional plumbing service than doing it on your own. You may end up calling them again to re-work it if something is amiss.

In fact, expanding your pipelines is technical work and can be complicated even for the professionals. Chances are the plumbing fixtures that are available today does not match the existing fittings in your house. Older homes use galvanized steel or cast iron DWV (drain/waste/vent) pipe systems. Current homes use PVC and ABS pipes. Be very careful when marrying the two.

Fortunately, modern piping materials can be retrofitted into the old structures. However, only professional plumbers has the right skills and tools to sort out this situation strategically. So it’s imperative to tap their service to ensure proper installation.

Contact Central Plumbing and Heating Inc. in Chesapeake, VA for all of your plumbing needs.

Plumbing Services for Activating Sprinkler System

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 11, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Spring is here so it's time to tend the lawn and activate your sprinkler system. Early spring is the perfect moment to check your home water irrigation right before the demand for its use gets heavy. Although it sounds easy to kick start your sprinklers, it actually requires following standard procedure and not just simply turning on the main water source. You should strongly consider utilizing a professional plumber to ensure your sprinkler system is turned on properly and that all your heads are fully functional.

Our professional plumbers here in Chesapeake, VA will ensure that your water irrigation system has the correct pressure and there are no leaks in the line. Filters must be inspected especially on sprinklers that are performing poorly. Heads must be adjusted as well. Maintenance is the key to prevent issues when the summer arrives. Repairs can be costly as well when you are not on top of its upkeep. Not to mention your monthly water bill can spike when leaks in the line are not detected right away. Importantly, these maintenance actions are important to have better control of the moisture content of your lawn soil. When your sprinkler system is not running in its pristine shape, it will likely defeat its purpose in keeping your lawn in perfect condition.

So when you need plumbing services for your sprinkler system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Leaky Pipes Call For An Immediate Action

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, March 23, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

It's such a misery when you encounter a leaking pipe at your home. The inconveniences include decreased water pressure, a spike on your water bill, and potential serious damage to your property. With that being said, this plumbing issue absolutely requires immediate attention. Leaky pipe repairs must be done right away by a professional plumber.

Leaking pipes especially those situated beneath the floorboard can deform woods. It indicates leaking pipes when you suddenly notice lumps in your carpet. If the leaking don't stop it will totally decay your floorboard which is costly to repair. Moreover, standing water brought about by a leaky pipe is an ideal habitat for mold and mildew growth. These organisms can gnaw down the home structure and cause even more major damages. Aside from that, leaky pipes can de-laminate wall plywood and remove paint.

With the aforementioned potential damages it can create, make sure not to delay the leaky pipe repairs. Tap a certified plumber in Chesapeake, VA to locate the leaks and do due reparation works. If you notice a rise on your water bill, reduced water pressure or signs of water damages, contact Central Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Spring HVAC Tune Ups – Keep Cool and Decrease Energy Bills

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 11, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

The warmer months will make its debut sooner in Virginia. AC system tune up must be done ahead of time if you don't want your cooling unit to fail during the hottest days. Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA can help condition your cooling system to ensure maximum performance when operating. HVAC tune ups increase the longevity of your HVAC system while simultaneously lowering your energy bills.

But what exactly is AC tune-up?

Air Conditioning tune up is comparable to your annual physical checkup with your physician. The prep work entails inspection and fine-tuning of the unit to ensure it is running at its optimum capacity. Complete A/C System tune-up should include the following steps:

Inspection

  • thermostat calibration
  • oil and air filter check-up
  • air flow gauge
  • electrical connection check-up
  • proper system operation
  • installation quality verification
  • equipment clearances
  • condenser and evaporator coil examination
  • safety control assessment
  • supply and return temperature contrast measurement
  • refrigerant pressure monitoring
  • condensate drains examination
  • overall condition evaluation

Tune-ups

  • clean or replace standard home air filters
  • tighten electrical connections
  • volts and amps assessment
  • moving parts lubrication
  • condensate drain cleaning
  • protective coating application
  • blower components in-place cleaning
  • cooling cycle assessment
  • issue biocide treatment
  • condenser coil cleaning

Schedule your seasonal AC system tune-up. Contact us today!


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