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Getting Your Home Vacation Ready

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Are you planning a getaway this summer?  You’ve probably thought about what you need to pack, but have you thought about what vacationyou need to do in your home to get ready for vacation?   If you are like most, you likely haven’t given it much thought.  So, how do you get your home ready?

First, think about what you would do if you had a leak in your home. Of course, you would cut off the water at the main valve to prevent future damage.  You should do the same when you plan to leave for a time.  Cut the water off at the main valve before you leave so that if there is a leak it will not turn into a major headache.  Remember that this will impact your landscape watering and pool water maintenance.  Make arrangements to let your house sitter or landscaper to be able to turn the water on as needed to meet these needs. 

Next, think about ways to save money while you are on vacation.  Shut your ice maker off while you are away.  Why make ice when you aren’t even there?  Shut down any water softening systems to save even more.  Of course, your hot water heater is your biggest opportunity for saving. But cutting it off, you reduce most of your consumption.  Cut this off at the main breaker to prevent it from heating an empty tank and burning out.  Finally unplug any vampire appliances.  These include any appliances that have a clock and draw energy even when not in use.

 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!

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!

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!

Heaters and Water Heaters in Attics

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have a heater or a water heater in your attic?  While not common in temperate climates like we find in North Carolina, it is more common in colder climates where attics are warmer than crawlspaces.  So, what do you need to know if you have an attic installed water heater or heating unit?

First, make sure that the water heater is installed in a pan so that if a leak occurs, the pan will catch the water rather than it leaking into your home.  Second, you will need to check this pan often to catch leaks before they overflow the pan. Consider adding an overflow pipe that flows to the exterior of the home in case the pan fills up.  This will allow the over flow water to discharge to the outside when the pan fills so that you do not have to check it as frequently.

Remember that if the unit breaks, there are challenges to making replacements in the attic space.  Maintenance to prevent breakdowns is critical for this reason.  On water heaters you can consider replacing heating elements rather than the complete unit in order to make the repairs simpler, but remember this can only be done for so long.  Eventually you must replace the vessel itself.

If your heater is in the attic the advice is much the same.  Make sure to keep the equipment well maintained so that you can prevent breakdowns.  Also make sure to allow clearance around the equipment as recommended by the manufacturer.

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!

Tree Roots and Sewer Lines

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

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Do your drains run slow?  You may think that it is a clog, but it could be an invasion of tree roots!  That’s right – the beautiful trees that line your street or your drive can be causing your drains to run slow.  Here’s how it works – tree roots can grow into your sewer lines through small cracks – especially in clay pipes that were popular fifty years ago.  The roots invade through the small cracks and as they grow they can make those small cracks into big cracks, eventually causing a complete blockage when they collapse!

So what can you do?  First, prevention is key – but you don’t have to cut down all your beautiful trees.  Instead, you can put a root killer down the toilet to work through the sewer lines and kill the invasive roots. You will want to be careful though as this is a strong chemical that can  be toxic.  You’ll also want to make sure in advance that you don’t have a pipe collapse or rupture.

Second, consider calling a professional to scope out your pipes.  Most plumbers have tiny cameras that they can send down your pipes to see any blockages and remove them.  These cameras will also give you a good idea of the overall condition of your pipes, which can help you diagnose and prevent future problems.  When in doubt about your pipes, always look to scope them before tackling any repairs.  This way you will know exactly what the problem is and where it is, so that you don’t dig up your entire back yard!

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!

Insulate Pipes to Save Money

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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With winter over, the thought of insulating pipes is probably not high on your list.  Instead your attention is likely turning to how to optimize your air conditioner. But now is a great time to consider insulating pipes too!

To start, check all of your pipes for visible leaks.  In all likelihood, your pipes are already insulated with some type of insulation.  Most pipes are wrapped in a foam material that looks much like a pool noodle.  The foam material is usually slit on one side so that you can slide it off easily to look at the pipes.  If you see any visible leaks have them repaired before the leaks cause damage.

Next, look at your insulation to determine whether or not you need to replace it. If it crumbles as it comes off it is a good time to consider replacing it.  If any insulation is missing, you will want to replace that as well.  Replacement insulation can be purchased very inexpensively at most hardware stores.  Simply fit the slit tube over the pipe.  Use tape to hold the insulation in place.  The materials sold today will provide you with much better insulation than those of 20 years ago.  If you suspect asbestos insulation call a professional to check it out before you attempt to remove it or do any work.

While this is not typically the time of year that you consider replacing insulation, the investment of your time now will save you money later.  In addition, it is warmer and moving around under your home will be much easier now than in the heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter.

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!

Preparing for Spring Wind Storms

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

This past weekend we had some incredibly strong winds here in the Piedmont Triad. Most whwind damageo have lived in North Carolina for any amount of time know that windstorms are just a part of spring in our state.  The winds that are a hallmark of March often continue here until late April and even into May as weather patterns continue to shift.

So, how can you prepare you and your home for the high winds that come in the early spring?  First,  consider trimming trees and bushes.  Winter weather can wreak havoc on plant material.  Ice accumulations can cause weak branches to break off during the winter, or weaken limbs.  In strong winds these can come down on power and telephone lines, causing a disruption of service.  Start early by removing these before they become a problem.  Small branches can usually be handled by the homeowner but consider a professional for large limbs.

Second, look around your home and identify any objects that could be dislodged by high winds.  Either weight these items down or secure them to larger objects.  Bungee cords are great tools to use to secure things like trashcans to decks or patios.  Items like patio furniture cushions or covers should be brought inside if possible.  If you can’t bring them in consider using rope or bungee cords to secure them to heavier pieces like furniture.

Finally, keep a weather radio at your home and at the ready in the event of storms.  While you may not always have enough warning to secure your property from high winds, we want you to protect your most valuable possessions – you and your family. In the event of a tornado or micro burst go to the innermost room in your home, away from windows and mirrors and in the lowest point in your home.  If you are in a mobile home seek shelter in another structure.  If on the road, stop and seek coverage under a bridge/overpass or even in a ditch, taking care to protect your head until the danger passes.

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!

How To Clean Your Oven Glass

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Do you ever clean the glass in your oven and then turn on the oven light and it still doesn’t look good? It could be that you are cleaning the exterior glass and overlooking all the grease on the inside of the door.oven_cleaner_2 (1)

The good news is that it is easy to make that glass sparkle!  To clean that glass, make a paste of baking soda and water.  Take a clean, damp cloth and rub the paste on the inside door of the oven, scrubbing the glass to remove the built up grease.  Let the solution sit for up to 15 minutes to loosen the grease.  Scrub with the baking soda paste a second time.  Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove the paste.  Repeat until all of the paste is removed, rinsing cloth frequently with clean water.  Finally, use a cloth soaked in vinegar to remove the final traces of backing soda and to polish the glass.  This will also serve to deodorize the oven.

If that doesn’t work, then try this method using a product from Norwex we’ve heard works really well. It’s an all natural, non-toxic cleaner for your oven or grill.

Heat your oven to 100-125 degrees and then turn off. Spray the cleaner on the inside of the door and let sit 10-15 minutes. Take a small scrubbing tool (like mesh) and scrub away the filth and grease. Wipe down with a wet cloth to get rid of the soap and grime, and then with a clean, dry cloth.

Won’t it be nice to see the inside of your oven again?

 

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!