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Tips on Hot Water System Maintenance and Repairs

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your water heating system, if not properly maintained, will eventually deteriorate and breakdown much sooner than average. Fortunately, water heater maintenance can help keep the system working efficiently and extends its life as well.

Gas water heaters has an average life of 8-12 years, whereas electric heaters can last up to 15 years. This greatly depends on the frequency of use and whether the device's upkeep is regularly carried out.

The following are tips on how to tend your water heating system and situations when to call for a professional help.

Flush The Tank

You must flush the tank at least once or twice a year. The water is heated inside the tank before it reaches the shower and faucets. It serves as a storage of gallons of water in which sediments can also remain and accumulate.

When you flush the tank, turn off first the power source and water supply. Insert a hose until it reaches the drain valve and position the other end to an area where you can safely drain the hot water.

To start the water flow out of the tank, open the pressure and drain valves. Connect back the water source to the heating system again when the tank is totally empty. You may now turn on the hot water faucet and wait until the water starts to flow. Turn on the water heater after the water starts to flow out from the faucet.

Check The Pressure Valve

Your water heating system’s pressure valve is an essential component of water heater maintenance.

Checking the valve is easy, however it may also considered dangerous as you will be handling a scalding hot water. Make sure to be careful when you perform your inspection, but you can hire a professional plumber to do the inspection for you which is ideal and more safe.

Begin the inspection process by putting off the power source to the system. (If you are using a gas system, switch off the gas, as this will shutdown the system’s pilot light.) Then, put off the cold water inlet that is going to the system.

Place a huge bucket beneath the pressure relief valve. This bucket will serve as a container for the water that leaves the system. Release the trip valve and let it be filled with 1 to 2 cups of water.

Listen for a flow of air coming out of the system together with some water and vapor. If you don't notice it, you might need to replace the pressure valve.

Change The Anode Rods

Anode rods help minimize corrosion within your tank.

If the system’s tank is empty while the power has been cut off from the system, it requires replacing. A certified plumber can easily perform this task.

Corroded anodes in the system can accelerate the tank’s decay and can be unsafe to everybody in the house if it leads the system to breakdown while being used.

Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc is expert in hot water systems maintenance and repairs. Contact us to schedule a hot water system maintenance and servicing.

Zoning HVAC System Improves Home Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

Comfort and energy efficiency are the two primary consideration when heating or cooling your home. A zoning HVAC system can help improve your forced air HVAC system's performance to achieve both benefits.

Zoning HVAC system process includes the installation of ventilation duct dampers and a main control board with various thermostat setting to regulate the temperature of each zone.

How Zoning System Works?

Fundamentally, zoning system split up the house into different temperature zones that can calibrated individually.

It’s a simple concept but requires a certified HVAC professional to evaluate the existing system structure you have in your home as well as the comfort issues and needs in order to engineer a zoning system that will deliver maximum comfort and energy efficiency.

Zoning System enables you to provide more heat or cool to areas of the home that further needs it. For instance, the room that is facing the sunlight at daytime requires more cooling, the zoning system lets you cool this room without forcing the AC to work harder just to keep the sections of the house cool at the same temperature.

Usually, people tend to close the air vents off in rooms that are not used or a spot that is getting overly warm or cold in contrast to other section of the home. When you close the vent ducts, it will result to back flow and air pressure issues within the HVAC system. This strain will have negative effects to the life span of your heat pump or AC.

Conversely, zoning system lets you set the temperature in each section of your house separately. The dampers are installed in the appropriate spots of the ventilation system as to where it will not cause a back flow issue. Furthermore, the main control panel will control the dampers whenever you need them so you don’t have to close the ventilation ducts.

Zoning HVAC system will no longer let you sacrifice comfort just to achieve a lower energy cost. With zoning system, you can control the temperature of each room and make it comfortable while maximizing your energy savings.

For more information about Zoning HVAC system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Compromised Indoor Air Quality Could Worsen Covid-19

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

High air pollution aggravates the symptoms of patients with asthma, related respiratory disease, and yes, even COVID-19. The current “pollution” threat for the next few weeks is pollen. Thus, it is important that homeowners should take prudent action to maximize indoor air quality.

Poor quality indoor air can cause the worst of respiratory conditions, pneumonia. Most COVID-19 patients die from this complication. It has been observed that the fatalities are usually older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. However, even without a pandemic, higher rates of lung disease including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been linked to living with air pollution. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, researchers observed a correlation between low air quality and regions with high fatalities.

Compromised indoor air quality can trigger lung diseases and it can worsen existing health conditions. Let's protect our family members who are susceptible to severe cases of COVID-19 and other serious lung diseases. If you need a professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality in Spring

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Spring is almost here! We all love the idea of warmer weather and blooming flowers. On the other hand, the start of allergy season is a matter of serious concern among folks that suffer from sniffles and wheezes all due to pollens and other allergens. Bear in mind that a compromised indoor air quality can also trigger this condition.

In order to help those who are suffering from chronic allergies get through the spring season, we provide ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  • Take a bath – Pollen and other allergens may adhere to skin, hair, and clothing. Bathe daily especially when you arrive home from outside and place used clothes in the laundry right away. Doing this will mitigate the chances of contaminants being released into the air inside your home.
  • Have a filtration system for your ductwork – Although ducts have built-in filters, reinforcing your ductwork with additional high quality filters and an air cleaning system can prevent harmful particles from penetrating your home through the HVAC system.
  • Clean filters regularly – Routine cleaning of the AC filters is important especially for households with members who are suffering from chronic allergies. It is recommended to clean the filters at least once every 2 months during the pollen season. While once every 6 months can suffice for other times of the year.
  • Keep your home clean – Spring cleaning must be done frequently to get rid of dust, dander, pollen, and other contaminants inside your home. Do deep cleanings at least once a week. Replace curtains, change bed linens, and vacuum carpets weekly to eliminate contaminants affecting indoor air quality.
  • Clean ducts before spring arrives – Have the ductwork cleaned prior allergy season to reduce pollutants to hurl into your home. This will clear dirt buildup in them, which may include mold and mildew, rodent droppings, and other similar contaminants.

If you need professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We can help you mitigate pollutants inside your home.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Furnace System Performing at Its Best

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

This blog post is offered as a public service to remind all of you that your HVAC system needs regular and recurring maintenance to prolong the life and the performance of your systems. We know for a fact that HVAC systems are the most neglected of the homeowner’s major support systems. We hope that you wisely turn to the professionals like us here at Central Plumbing and Heating to guarantee that you secure proper maintenance and maximize the lifespan of your systems. But if you choose to go it alone, the following are furnace maintenance tips that will help you maximize the performance of your heating system throughout winter.

1. Hire a professional tune-up - Again, always your best choice. Schedule a professional tune-up bi-annually. Certified technicians will check the unit for any operational issues and will carry out the upkeep procedure such as cleaning in order to prevent it from malfunctioning in the future, improve its efficiency and ensure that the system is operating safely.

2. Clean the Filters Regularly - A dirty filter is a usual cause of issues and efficiency problems.

The filter must be checked, cleaned or changed monthly.

3. Test the CO detectors - CO detector serves as a warning device that detects a carbon monoxide leak which can be life-threatening. CO detectors must be tested to ensure they are working properly. Also, make sure that the batteries are new during the heating season.

4. Let air registers breathe - The furnace may find it difficult to heat your home evenly when any of the air registers are blocked off. Make sure they are open and remove any obstructions.

5. Inspect the pilot light in older furnaces - Make sure an older furnace with a pilot light is burning bright blue. In case you notice a different color, it indicates inefficient burning and you may need to contact your trusted HVAC technician to check the issue.

6. Outdoor exhaust pipes must be blocked - Gas furnaces that are highly efficient have exhaust pipes that lead outside the home and close the ground. In order to ensure it operates safely and efficiently, make sure pipes are not blocked.

7. Keep the area around the system clear - Clear the area around the furnace so it is easy to access during inspection, maintenance or repairs.

For more furnace maintenance tips, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

How To Ensure A Heat Pump's Maximum Performance

Darren Kincaid - Friday, January 31, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your heat pump is an integral component of your heating system. It makes perfect fiscal sense to employ a periodic maintenance plan to ensure the system works optimally. We specialize in providing our clients with periodic maintenance services for their heat pumps. But if you are willing and able to self-help your heat pump maintenance, here are the steps for you to take

  • Air filters must be checked on a monthly basis. It should be thoroughly clean and replaced.
  • Outdoor units must be clear from debris, snow, and ice in the top, sides, bottom and around it.
  • Outdoor coils must be kept clean. Use a degreaser and a hose to remove the dirt between the coils. Make sure to turn off the unit when you do this.
  • To ensure proper airflow and servicing, shrubs must be pruned at least 18 inches from around the unit.
  • Indoor condensate pan and must be flushed and drained in Spring prior to using an AC. This is very important especially when the unit is above or in finished living space. This should be done by a certified HVAC technician.
  • Some units require fan motors to be oiled yearly.
  • Your heat pump must be checked by a professional HVAC technician at least annually.

Some these steps require you to know what you are doing. Coils are sensitive and you can easily damage them if you are not careful. Of course we recommend that you leave this to a professional. When you need trusted certified HVAC technicians in Chesapeake to perform heat pump inspection and repair, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Premiere Plumbing Services

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Water within your home in spaces where it is not supposed to be is a real threat. You must deal with the issue as soon as possible as the extent and cost of repair will only increase with time. Turn to Chesapeake’s plumbing experts to get things done right for you. We’ll be there to ensure that you receive guaranteed affordable solutions to your problem.

Call your plumber as soon as you discover water damage emerging from an undefined source. There are situations that require immediate attention from a plumber like the following:

  1. Water Leak – The main cause would be burst pipe that caused water damage such water is leaking.
  2. Leaking roof – will surely bring damage to your property. As such you have to attend to the issues immediately. A roof leak repair depends on whether it is a simple leakage or a leakage of major extent.
  3. Blocked drains - The main causes behind a choked drain are foreign particles. Baby napkins, stacks of toilet paper, cotton balls, etc will cause blockages. Food items, cooking fats and debris of such types leave a residue on the inside of the pipes making it hard for water to flow through the pipe easily. The best way of preventing blocked drains is to make sure that non-biodegradable objects are disposed carefully.
  4. Extreme hot water - If the water coming out of your shower head is hot enough to cause a burn, this is due to the water heater has over-heated. It is better to call a technician to assess the situation at the soonest possible.

The above common scenarios inside your household will help save your home and get you in the right mindset to handle an emergency repair. Nothing beats being prepared to successfully resolve any plumbing problem. Reduce as much damage as possible by calling the trained plumbing experts right away.

For more tips on plumbing services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Integrating a Heat Pump Into Your HVAC Saves Cash

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Looking for a guaranteed way to reduce your energy cost starting now? A new or upgraded heat pump will do this for you in an affordable manner that you may not believe possible. They are both affordable and ecofriendly. One advantage for the eco conscious is the fact that you can opt for electric heat pumps which not only saves you cash via utility efficiency but also reduces your carbon footprint.

Whether you are engaged in new construction, renovation, or simply upgrading aging equipment, we urge you to take full advantage of our certified HVAC technicians who also serve as certified consultants. You always have options with a number of pros and cons and you need to understand them all.

So never move forward on major home system decision making without the help of a trusted professional. We’ve delivered such trusted council to our Chesapeake friends and neighbors for decades now. For guidance that you can trust, contact Central Plumbing & Heating.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Darren Kincaid - Monday, December 23, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating - Chesapeake, VA

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come.

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much.

At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.


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