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Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 15, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

If you want to ensure your family is getting the maximum value and comfort from you HVAC system, seasonal servicing is a must. December is the perfect time to schedule your HVAC system service and cleaning. Here are reasons why:

Indoor Air Quality

You can ensure indoor air quality by keeping your furnace in perfect condition. An HVAC contractor will thoroughly clean your furnace both inside and out to ensure dirt and debris are removed, pollen and pet dander are eliminated, pathogens and microbes growth are controlled. Small microorganisms and particles may be invisible to the naked eye but they indeed exist inside your home. A routine furnace maintenance will ensure superior air quality while keeping these pathogenic organisms at bay.

Energy Efficiency

Furnace maintenance must be done at least twice a year. This will help minimize costly repairs and irreversible damage. In addition, a well-maintained furnace is energy-efficient, thus will help lower your utility charges.

HVAC technicians will do the following:

  • Motor and wire tightening
  • Screws, knobs, doors and cover readjustment
  • Power switches, gauges, and pressure setting resent
  • Leak and holes inspection
  • Safety and proper operation testing

These minor adjustments will significantly enhance the furnace’s efficiency and will diagnose any major issues.

Superb Home Comfort

Regular furnace maintenance will ensure you have a perfectly working unit that will help you get through winter-long. With enough heat to warm your home, you get to enjoy a cozy and comfortable living space despite the extreme cold outdoors.

If you think it's time for your furnace maintenance, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. and schedule an appointment with us.

Upgrading HVAC Systems Help Lower Energy Cost

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, October 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Summer and winter in Chesapeake can be extreme. Homes cannot be without heating and cooling. If you observe that your energy bill crawling up further each year, this means an HVAC system replacement is inevitable. The good news there, however, upgrading your HVAC system presents long term savings.

As HVAC systems become outdated their energy efficiency decreases. Modern HVAC units are engineered to be more efficient in energy. It's recommended to opt for HVAC appliances with Energy Star label and consider its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It should be 14 and beyond. The higher the SEER of the unit, the more energy efficient it is. It can help lower energy consumption by 20% and significantly minimize annual energy cost.

Expect an obsolete HVAC system to break down frequently. Regular HVAC repairs are necessary to keep them working. But this also means constant expenditure. Old HVAC appliances will come to a point where they are no longer worthy spending for. Consider the inconvenience of having no heating or cooling while it is being repaired. Purchasing a new and reliable HVAC system will allow you to save money and hassle over time.

Quit settling with an inefficient HVAC unit. If your heating and cooling system is already very obsolete, updating the HVAC system will help you lower down your energy cost. The savings you get from the new HVAC system will offset the initial installation cost in the long run.

If you are thinking of updating your HVAC system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating. When it comes to HVAC manufactures (American Standard, Goodman, etc) we have direct working relationships with all of them. Our promise to you is to act as your agent, to research the most current technologies, efficiency ratings, rebates, and other factors that go into making the right choice of HVAC manufacturer for you and your family.

Consider Furnace Efficiency When Buying A New Unit

Darren Kincaid - Friday, October 18, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Having a reliable home heating system is every household's top priority during the winter season. When buying a new furnace, it's important to know the different options available in the market. The buyer should consider the efficiency, size, and type that is appropriate for their home. The aforementioned factors have implications to the performance and operational cost of the unit at peak heating seasons.

It's advisable that buyers should consider a furnace with maximum efficiency that they can afford. Furnace efficiency pertains to the measurement of the amount of energy that is placed into the furnace to be converted as heating power for the home. It is measured in AFUE (the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).

Minimum-efficiency furnaces should arrive at 80% AFUE enable to meet the standard. Modern furnaces now have gas modulator that can reach up to 97% AFUE. The unit only losses 3% of energy up the flue. This can help lower monthly cost as you spend less natural gas to heat your home.

Central Plumbing and Heating Services is a long-established and reputable furnace installation company that can help you figure out the right furnace unit for your home. Our services also include guiding you about the purchase agreements and warranty information so you would better know these settlements.

Contact Central Plumbing and Heating Services to learn more about purchasing and installing a new furnace unit.

Home Heating Equipment Upgrades

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 30, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Are you interested in saving money on home heating this winter? Good, because home heating can get expensive in the winter. Now is the time to replace your home heating system. While the tax credits for residential energy efficiency have expired, you can still save money and energy in your home by using products. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting with ENERGY STAR certified products available across more than 70 categories.

Call a plumber if you want to more efficiently heat your home this winter and for many winters to come. Replacing and upgrading your heating system will make your home more efficient this winter. Homeowners can install appliances that are designed to boost its energy efficiency. Energy Star products boast 30% less energy usage, and heat pumps that meet Energy Star guidelines qualify for the tax credit.

For more information, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Prepare Your Heat Pump Before Winter Arrives

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

As the dog days gradually wrapping up and temperatures going down, you know you'll feel the chill soon. Don't wait for winter to take over before you start checking your heat pump's condition. Now is the perfect time to perform preventative measures that will ensure your heat pump to operate at maximum potential during the cold days.

Remove Unnecessary Items Around the Heat Pump

Clear this area from items like yard tools, leaves and other debris that may cause potential airflow problems. Move them away to allow maximum air flow and for it to run efficiently.

Filter Change

A dirty air filter can cause air flow obstruction through the HVAC system. This will cause the equipment to overwork and use up more energy. As a result, you will be charged more on your utility bill. Air filters are recommended to be cleaned every 1-6 months depending on the type of the filter and the amount of accumulated dirt.

Proper Use of Thermostat Settings

The thermostat has 3 settings namely: heat, cold and emergency heat. Always remember to turn your thermostat to heat mode and not the emergency heat mode, the first time you use the heat pump in fall. Emergency heat mode sources its heat from the furnace and is only intended when the heat pump is not working properly or iced up. Using the emergency heat mode will cost you more.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Earlier

Have a HVAC technician check your unit. Make sure to schedule its annual maintenance before the temperature drops. You will likely have a hard time booking an appointment if you wait until winter as it is one of the busiest time of the year for the HVAC industry. The annual maintenance will help your heat pump to perform more efficiently as it prevents malfunctions related to dirt buildup. This will also help extend the life span of your unit.

If you are looking for an HVAC expert to check you heat pump, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Hot Tub Gas Line Installation Services

Darren Kincaid - Friday, August 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Central Plumbing and Heating’s hot tub gas line service provides efficient and affordable heating solutions across Chesapeake and the greater Tidewater Virginia area. It is the hot tub heating solution of choice. Just so you know, it works by burning natural gas within a combustion chamber. The solution employs copper coils that are heated and transfer heat directly to the water.

Homeowners prefer gas heating for their hot tubs because it heats water fast and cost efficiently. Natural gas-fueled hot tubs demand less energy because it quickly heats up the pool requiring much less run time than electrical heating systems. Natural gas heating will save you significant money on energy cost over the long term.

If you need professional plumbing service who will properly install pool heater gas line, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Rest assured we provide best services efficiently and professionally. Call us today so we can start your hot tub or pool gas line installation right away.

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.

Source: nadca.com

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.

Source: taskeasy.com


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