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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.

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.

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.

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.

HVAC Tune Ups Deliver Health and Economic Efficiency

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, February 28, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

As climate shifts to warmer weather, a regular and recurring household maintenance task is to prioritize indoor air quality. Issues including molds, bacteria, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds tend to increase during the warming months. These increases your family's risk to respiratory diseases. To improve indoor air quality, you must provide proper ventilation and clean source of air at your home.

This is the best time to schedule your spring AC tune-up. It is important that a certified technician perform your AC servicing.

You should be advised that dirty A/C filters can cause home air ducts to become dirty and clogged. More importantly, this promotes a favorable environment for molds and spores to propagate within the ductwork. Unwanted airborne particles like dust, pollen and pet hair can trap and accumulate in your filter. When not cleaned regularly, build-up of allergens such as fungi, pollen and bacteria in the air and may trigger respiratory ailments. Air conditioning filters must be cleaned and/or replaced for both health and system efficiency reasons. Dirty filters cause your HVAC equipment to work harder and use up to five percent more energy.

If you need certified technicians in Chesapeake, VA to perform A/C tune up and maintenance services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Heating System Maintenance Means More Efficient Heating and Savings in Energy Costs

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Utility costs often spike during the winter. This is due to the non-stop use of heating equipment to keep homes comfortable. Electricity charges increase when homeowners have an inefficient heating system. Hence, heating system maintenance services are necessary to ensure your equipment is running efficiently throughout the entire winter.

Furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps are heating systems that require meticulous upkeep. HVAC specialist in Chesapeake, VA can perform proper cleaning, inspection, and repairs so your equipment will operate efficiently while extending its life span. Heating systems are prone to wear and tear due to continuous use. Thus, regular maintenance needs to be performed so repairs or replacements are done before issues get worse.

A defective heating system will work hard to compensate for the inefficiency of worn out components and as a result will consumes more energy which manifests in monthly utility bills. Eventually, your equipment get more worn out causing it to stop. Don't let your heating system break down when you need it the most. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating .

Regular Heating System Service for Efficient Home Heating

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Heating systems need to be operating seamlessly to keep homes warm and comfortable throughout the winter. In order to use your heating system to the best of it's ability and efficiently, heating system maintenance services are necessary regularly. Your heating system should sustain the heat in your home with safe, clean, and sufficient heat throughout the cold temperatures.

HVAC specialists in Chesapeake, VA can perform maintenance services to enhance the energy efficiency of your heating system. HVAC experts diagnose and make an efficiency analysis to determine whether repairs and part replacements are necessary to improve the overall energy efficiency of the system. Worn-out and damage parts are inevitable due to constant use. Thus, regular inspection can detect the parts that require adjustment, repairs, or replacement so it can function properly and efficiently.

Doing a regular heating system check and tune-up can help reduce your energy consumption and reduce utility expense. Regular maintenance also ensures that your unit is generating energy without harmful emissions. So contact Central Plumbing and Heating to set up the heating systems checked and tuned up.

Happy Holidays from Central Plumbing and Heating

Darren Kincaid - Monday, December 24, 2018
Happy Holidays from Central Plumbing and Heating

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Central Plumbing and Heating. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Importance of Proper Furnace Maintenance and Service Plans

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Like any other mechanical equipment, the furnace requires annual maintenance and servicing. This is because dirt, dust, wear, tear, and improper upkeep are the common issues that cause furnaces to fail and breakdown. Through professional furnace maintenance, latent and developing issues can be detected and repaired early before they get worse.

Skipping proper furnace maintenance may lead to the system working harder than normal. For this reason, the unit will wear out faster and increase the cost of repairs. Additionally, furnace replacement will cost you thousands of dollars. If you want the optimal performance from your heating equipment, the system must be properly maintained regularly. This can even lower your energy consumption charges up to 35 percent.

Service maintenance includes cleaning and inspection of components, checking duct work for leaks, vent inspection, and thermostat evaluation. Furnace service and maintenance plans ensure the furnace system will run properly season after season. At the same time, you can maintain the comfort and air quality at your home.

Contact Central Plumbing and Heating for quality furnace maintenance and servicing.


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