Archive for May, 2016

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have ceiling fan that needs updating?  Maybe it quit working several months ago and you are just now finding the time to replace it.  Either way, replacing a fan can be easy for someone with basic electrical skills.  However, be forewarned that fans, especially those with light fixtures attached, can weigh up to 50 pounds and you have to work over your head in order to install and wire them, while on a ladder.  So, if that is not something you do often, you may find that you need to take a lot of breaks or get assistance from someone else in order to get it installed.

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan:

  1. Start by cutting the power off at the circuit breaker.
  2. Place a piece of painters  tape over the circuit labelled ‘off’ so that someone else does not turn it back on accidentally while you are working.
  3. Next, you will need to remove the old fixture.  Most fans have a collar at the top that has to be loosened, then you will see the ball fixture hanging in the bracket.
  4. Before pulling the fan and fixture down, disconnect all wiring.
  5. Once the wire nuts are off, untwist any wires and then remove the old fixture.  Since it will come down in one piece it can be awkward to handle.  Have a friend help you get it down if needed.
  6. Next, you will have to follow the instructions that came with the new one.  Unlike years ago when the lighting kit had to be installed using wire nuts, most now come with plug in capability and if bought as a set, the lighting fixtures are usually pre-installed.  Simply follow the directions that came with the product.
  7. Then turn the power back on at the breaker.  Of course, we at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric are always happy to help you install a fan as well.  Just give us a call!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Do Fans Keep Your Cool in the Summer?

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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We often hear the question – do ceiling fans really keep you cooler in the summer?  Do box fans or rotary fans keep you cooler?  Fans are cheap to operate.  They are simply motors attached to blades spinning in the air.  That is much cheaper to operate than a condenser and fan combination.  But, does the cooling effect of a fan negate the heat created by operating the motor to run the fan?

While spinning blades don’t actually cool the air by themselves, they do ‘move’ the air.  This means that although the air is not getting any cooler, the fact that the wind is flowing against your skin and working with evaporation, or sweat, it makes you feel cooler.  This reduces body heat and allows your body to cool quicker.

Both ceiling fans and box fans, as well as your central air conditioning unit, can create this effect.  Use the fan setting on your central air conditioning unit to take advantage of this effect.  By using your central air conditioning unit for the fan effect, you reduce the heat created by ceiling and box fans.

Also consider adding fans in upper levels of your home in order to circulate air more thoroughly in your home.  Remember that hot air rises and in a multilevel open space, a fan can keep that heat, and air conditioned air, circulated so that both areas are comfortable.  If you have a hot spot in your home, call the professionals at CC Air to rebalance your central air conditioning so that each room feels absolutely perfect!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Leaky Toilet – Call The Pros at Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have a toilet that you constantly hear ‘running’?  Maybe you’ve just become used to that Tupperware container under the water connection.  Let’s just hope you don’t forget to empty it every other day.

Maybe you’ve employed the towel solution since you really don’t even have a clue as to where the water is coming from.  Either way, it is time to take matters into your own hands and really address the problem head on.

What To Do With a Leaky Toilet

Toilets have lots of moving parts.  The diagram, courtesy of This Old House, shows all the many parts of a toilet. Each part can  malfunction and cause a leak.  And sometimes it can be really hard to figure out which part is not working correctly.  So here are some basics:

  • Locate the leak. If you can figure out where the leak is you might be able to fix it.  If it is an obvious coupling, try tightening the connection.  If the connection is as tight as possible and it is still leaking call a professional as your fittings likely need to be replaced.  The same goes for gaskets and seals. If you see water leaking from a connection that involves a gasket or wax ring, it likely needs replacement.
  • Can’t find the leak? Cut the water off and don’t use the toilet and give us a call.  Cut the water off and drain any water from the fixture to prevent future damage.  You can do this by cutting off the water and flushing the toilet to get all the water out of the tank and into the bowl.  Flush again to get water out of the bowl.  If your leak is between the fixture and the floor connection, the wax ring will need to be replaced.  This type of leak is often accompanied by smelly fumes, so you will know if that is the case.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Selecting a New Kitchen Faucet by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: May 19th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you want to improve the look of your kitchen by changing out that old faucet?  Maybe you want a touch controlled one installed instead of the traditional one.  Either way, with some effort and patience, you can replace yours.  Of course, if you prefer to have someone else take that off your hands, give Central Carolina Plumbing a call and we will take care of it.

Selecting a New Kitchen Faucet Tips:

First, before you purchase the faucet look under your sink for cut off valves.  If you can’t find them give us a call so we can install them.  If you do have them test that they work by running the cold water and shutting off the cold valve.  If water continues to come out of the faucet, the shut off is not working and you should replace that valve.

Do the same for the hot water to make sure the cut off is working for it as well.  Once your shut off valves are working correctly you are ready to shut off the valves and remove the old faucet.  Once completed, you may want to take the old faucet with you to the store in case questions arise. Also, carefully measure the clearance on the back side of the sink to make sure you can use all handles and knobs correctly.  Take pictures with your phone to take to the store.

At the store, select the faucet style you like.  The faucet you select may require different holes than what you currently have in your sink.  If you are not willing to purchase a new sink or countertops that fit these holes, look for something more like the one you took out.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Use a Dehumidifier to Keep You Comfy this Summer

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

The last few days hcool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472ave been uncharacteristically cool here in the Piedmont Triad of NC.  We’ve had cool, if not even downright cold, weather in the middle of May. In addition to being cool, the humidity has virtually disappeared.  But later this week the moisture is expected to come back, although at much lower temperatures than we expect at this time of year.

While dehumidifiers don’t cool down the air in the room, they do go a long way in making it feel more comfortable during the summer. Humidity can feel sticky and sweaty in the warm summer months and make the heat overwhelming.  By adding a dehumidifier, you remove that extra moisture from the air which makes it more comfortable.  It also reduces the possibility for mold and mildew growth in the longer term.

Select a dehumidifier based on the size of your room.  Most units will list on the box the number of square feet of space that can be treated with the unit.  If you choose to run a dehumidifier, place it in the center of the room (or as close to center as possible).  Run it during the time you are not in the room.  If you run it while you are in there it will continue to work but can also dry out your skin.  Remove and clean the appliance’s filter at least once a month to keep it running efficiently.  Remember to empty the water reservoir when full.  Most units will automatically shut off when the reservoir is full, but you should check the instructions that came with the unit to be sure.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Air Purifier – Do You Need One?

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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year has been counted as a tough one for many with outdoor environmental allergies.  Here in North Carolina we had a relatively mild winter coupled with an early warm up that really extended the growing season for many grassed, weeds and trees.  While the yellow powder that defines a North Carolina spring allergy season that is just the pollen from the pine trees.  There are tons of other allergens floating around in the air along with that yellow dust!

So if you have seasonal allergies you might be wondering about an air purifier for your home of office.  Home purifiers come in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs.  You can opt for a tabletop unit to keep by your bed to make nighttime easier, or a console unit to keep the living room a safe place during the height of the season.  You can also opt for a whole house purifier that can give you peace of mind throughout your home.

Be forewarned though – even whole house units are only as good as the seal you keep between your conditioned (and controlled) space and the outside.  Leaky doors and windows will allow pollen in, and don’t forget you and your family members (including the furry ones) bring it in with every trip.

Also, try to estimate the amount of upkeep that will be required.  All purifiers have filters – some are washable and reusable and some are disposable.  You may extend the life of a disposable by vacuuming it but you do so at the expense of air quality as you can never vacuum them as clean as a fresh new one.  Purchase a unit that you will have the time and resources to adequately service.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Insulation Improvements for Your Home

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Many older homes have less insulation than those built today.  Adding a little insulation, even to a newer home can pay for itself in just a few years through improved energy efficiency and reduced waste.

First, you will want to determine what kind of insulation you currently have and where it is in your home.  A qualified home energy auditor can help you do this.  Many energy companies provide this as a free service, you just have to call and make an appointment for them to send someone out.  As part of the energy assessment, they will look at areas of your home that need to be sealed.

If you want to forgo the route of making an appointment with an energy auditor, you will need to figure out where your home is and isn’t insulated, where it should be and what type of insulation you have.  You will also need to determine the R-value of your insulation, as well as the thickness.  While insulation between rooms can provide sound control, and keep different rooms different temperatures, the most critical walls are those between un-conditioned space and conditioned space, like exterior walls, floors, rooks, etc.

Next, use a tool like the home energy saver to calculate the right insulation to install, and determine how long it will take to save enough money to pay for it.  The home energy saver calculator is made available by the US Department of Energy with support from several conservation and cooperative groups.  You can find it at  http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Call a Professional for Foundation Repairs

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Do you have a crack in the foundation of your home?  Maybe a crack in your fireplacefoundation stack?  Your foundation is very important in the overall health of your home.  Foundations provide just that – a foundation for the four walls, floor and roof of your home.  So, what should you do if you find a crack?

First, don’t attempt a repair yourself.  Foundation cracks are critical to your home’s structural stability and should only be addressed by a professional.  While it may be tempting to cover over the crack with a  Quik Crete mixture, that does not resolve the problem that leads to the crack, nor does it address the issue that created the crack in the first place.   Instead, you need to determine the reason for the crack and address it.  If it is a leaky pipe, fix the pipe. If it is poorly drained rainwater, consider  re-routing your gutter lines to push water away from the foundation of the home.   If it is poor quality concrete (yes, there are different grades of concrete), consider whether or not you need to re-pour.

Call a foundation professional who can assess the extent of the damage and can recommend remediation solutions.    A qualified foundation professional can tell you what solutions are available to your to fix your problem as well as what solutions might work for the short term until you can enact a long term solution.  While you can spot problems on your own, only a professional can recommend a permanent solution.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Utilizing a Sump Pump to Keep Your Basement Dry

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

pumpHave you ever heard of a sump pump?  Probably not if you don’t live in an area where flooding is common.  If you have heard of a sump pump chances are good that you now live, or have lived in an area with a pit in the basement.  These pits collect the extra water that seeps into the basement when we have excessive rain that is unable to run off to the streams, creeks and ponds.

In these cases, sump pumps sit just below the surface of the water collection pit.  When the water rises above a certain level, a water control switch is activated that turns the pump on.  Once this occurs, the pump will automatically turn on and pump the water out of the basement and outside and away from the house and it’s foundation.  This keeps the basement and foundation dry and free from mold.

Most sump pumps are directly wired into the house.  But if you have a finished basement, or expensive equipment, including appliances, in the basement,  consider installing a battery backup to protect your investment.  Test whether or not your sump pump works regularly by simply pouring a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the sump pump turns on when  you pour the water into the pit.  If the pump comes on, it is working correctly.  If the pump doesn’t come on, you should check the electrical supply to make sure it is working.  Check breakers to make sure they aren’t tripped.  Sump pumps should always be on a dedicate breaker.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!