Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning repair’

DIY Backsplash Part 2

Posted on: July 5th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

In a previous post, we explained how to prep your kitchen walls so that they are ready to be tiled for an instant upgrade. Now that your walls are prepped, it’s time for the measuring. You’ll want to start at the focal point of the kitchen which is most often above the oven and under the hood vent. Since you’ll be buying and cutting the tile sheets yourself, you will want the least amount of cutting possible.

 

  • Starting above your stove, measure from the top down where you want the backsplash to stop.
  • At the mark you want the backsplash to stop, screw a scrap piece of wood that will create a level place where the tile will stop. The wood piece will also hold the tile in place while the adhesive dries. (This is for the central part of your wall above the oven, so there is no counter top to keep the tile in place while the adhesive is drying).
  • Find the center of the wall and mark a vertical line for the backsplash. Leave 1/8 inch of space around the junction of the tile and cabinets for expansion. At this point, there should be a horizontal wood board on the wall signifying where the tile stops, and a vertical center line in the middle of the wall.
  • Use a trowel and spread tile adhesive on the wall where you will tile. It’s best to do one portion of the wall at a time and wipe the trowel off with water to prevent the adhesive from drying.
  • Starting at the center line you drew on the wall, apply the first tile sheet and press it with your hand. Use a scrap piece of wood and mallet to firmly press on the tile. If there’s any problem with the tile sticking, this means the adhesive is too thick and you’ll need to scrape off some before re-applying the tile.
  • Use tile spacers to make sure the tile pieces are even, and also a lever throughout the process for precision.
  • Once the tiles have all been laid, allow them to set for 24 hours.
  • Apply grout to the tiles – working in a diagonal motion. After a few hours, wipe off any grout haze that is left on the tiles.
  • After three days, apply a sealant to the grout to prevent any stains.


Although this is a tedious process, the money saved and value added will make the project well worth it! You now have an upgraded kitchen and a new skill! Make sure that your kitchen is not only looking good, but operating efficiently. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to check your kitchen faucet for leaks. We’ll fix any leaks and save you from expensive repairs down the road and potentially 200 gallons of wasted water per day!

 

 

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DIY Tile Backsplash

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

As we mentioned in previous posts, summertime is often the best season to take on home projects. The long daylight hours are perfect for outdoor and indoor projects alike. One of the indoor projects that adds instant value and appreciation to your home is kitchen tile backsplash. The kitchen and bathrooms are primary areas of the home that everyone looks at when considering buying a home. 

Adding tile to the kitchen is a different process than adding tile to the bathroom. The kitchen does not have any areas that are considered “wet areas” with backerboard. So it will be a simpler process from that perspective, yet still a tedious process that requires patience.  Follow these guidelines for a successful enhancement to your kitchen!

 

  • Turn off the power to your kitchen.
  • Wipe down and clean all wall areas that will be tiled. A mixture of water and liquid dish soap will remove any stubborn grease stains.
  • Cover your countertops with a drop cloth or some other protective material.
  • Take off all outlet covers and switch plates. Move all the appliances that are close to the areas you will be tiling.
  • Tape off the cabinets and the area where the counters meet the wall. Be sure to also tape off the outlets.

 

At this point, you’ve prepped your walls and are ready for measuring and the tile installation! Read our next post for how to finish DIY kitchen tile installation! Cosmetic upgrades add great value to your home – however, you can also add value by making sure your home is operating efficiently as well. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to check on your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines, faucets for leaks and ventilation systems!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

How to Prepare Your Yard for Fall by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Fall is North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous—the colors of the leaves are stunning! For many homeowners, though, they can be quite a nuisance. So how do you keep all those leaves from scattering all over your property and your home and creating a big mess? And how can you actually put the leaves to good use on your lawn and in your garden?raking leaves

If you live in an area that doesn’t have a ton of trees, you can probably get through the season by simply mowing your lawn— leaves included. You’ll want to set the lawn mower to the highest setting to keep from cutting your grass too short so that it doesn’t die. If, however, you live in a more woodsy area and have too many leaves to handle, you have a few options. (Keep in mind most homes within city limits will have strict rules on leaf burning. Even in areas that permit it, expect permits and/or limited time frames when it can be done.)

Tarps- An easier way to rake is to get a big tarp and rake a space to lay it down, and then rake the rest of the leaves onto the tarp. When it is full, pull it to the curb or pour into trash bags, depending on your town’s policies.

Blowers- You’ll have to be cautious not to blow the leaves onto your neighbors’ property or into the street, but this is another easier option. You may want to look for one that has a mulching option. Within the Greensboro City limits for instance, they want you to blown them onto the street and the trucks come along and scoop them up.

Lawn vacuum- This piece sucks up the leaves into a big bag and then you empty it.

Leaf scoops/grabbers- these looks like giant claws and make it easier to grab a bigger pile of leaves at once than you might get with a rake.

If you shred your leaves, you can use them on your lawn and garden! To protect plants, use a 6-inch blanket of leaves. To enrich your soil for next year, mix the leaves into your garden. You can also add them to your compost pile. Remember, water cannot get through whole leaves, so they will need to be shredded to use. You can also add some slow-release nitrogen fertilizers to assist with leaf decomposition.

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!

 

Neglecting your HVAC unit by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

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

One of the most important but often neglected pieces of equipment in your home is your HVAC system. What if we told you that an often forgotten piece of your HVAC system could easily get dirty and cost you hundreds more on your electric bills and shorten the life of your unit? DSC04885
Dust and dirt build up on the evaporator coil over time and reduce efficiency. (Note: this is different from the condenser/compressor coils.) The evaporator coil is inside the air handler and it cools the air blown across it and into the house. You may have an idea that something is wrong because your AC unit is not blowing cold air, or the airflow is very weak.

Experts say evaporator coils should be cleaned at least once a year, especially if the filter is not changed regularly—about once a month.
Here’s the thing though—you can save yourself time and money in the first place by simply changing your filter regularly. If, however, it’s been a year (or, let’s be honest, several years) you’ll want to hire a professional to clean the coil, as it is usually located in a spot that is difficult to access, and a professional and check to make sure nothing else is wrong.

If you do decide you’d like to try on your own, it is best to do it only if the coils are not that dirty. You’ll need to turn off the AC and shut the electricity to the air handler off, and you can use a foaming coil cleaner that you’ll spray directly onto the AC coils. You’ll need open the access panel to do this.
After that, it is best if you can start making an effort to change your filter regularly. Simple measures to keep your home cool and your bills low!

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!

 

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!

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!

Fridge Clean Out by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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The holidays are long over and the Super Bowl is this Sunday. So what does that mean? Time to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. In our house, it is really easy to push those leftover containers to the back of the fridge and lose sight of them. Often, by the time we find them we dare not open the container but send the container straight to the trash.

Most refrigerators now have removable shelves and drawers that can easily be washed in the sink with a mild detergent. Consider lining your fridge shelves just like you would line your cabinets, but not with contact paper. Instead purchase refrigerator liner. Some products comes precut in standard dimensions, or you can purchase a roll and cut your own. Liners are available in plastic so that they can be wiped clean or even in durable fabric materials that can be machine washed. This will save time the next time you clean your fridge.

Throw out expired foods or those you know will not be consumed. It’s also a great time to replace the baking soda in the refrigerator and your produce preservative cartridge. If your appliance has a water filter consider changing it as well. Finally pull the condensation tray from under the bottom, empty and clean it. Vacuum any dust on the coils or vents if accessible.

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!

Oldest AC Unit in the Triad by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by CCAir No Comments

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Central Carolina Air Conditioning’s Oldest AC Unit in the Triad contest is almost over!

Last call! We’re down to the final days of our Oldest AC in the Triad contest! Think you have the oldest Air Conditioner in the Piedmont Triad? We want to see it!

To enter the contest, simply submit a photo of yourself and your Oldest Air Conditioner for a chance to win. The winner will receive $500 cash and a $500 credit toward a brand new Central Carolina Air Conditioning AC unit furnished and installed by Central Carolina Air Conditioning.

Just fill out the form and upload a picture of yourself and your older AC either online here

Only home owners with AC units 10 years or older are qualified entrants.

All Qualified Entrants Win

Even if your air conditioner isn’t the oldest one in the Piedmont Triad, all qualifying entrants receive either $50 off a maintenance tune up!

Simply click the link below to enter!

http://www.ccair.com/Residential/ContactUs/Contest.aspx.

Have a concern with your plumbing, air conditioning or electrical units? 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!

 

Central Carolina’s Oldest Air Conditioning Unit Contest-

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by CCAir No Comments

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Think you have the oldest Air Conditioner in the Piedmont Triad? We want to see it!

To enter the contest, simply submit a photo of yourself and your Oldest Air Conditioner for a chance to win. The winner will receive $500 cash and a $500 credit toward a brand new Central Carolina Air Conditioning AC unit furnished and installed by Central Carolina Air Conditioning.

Just fill out the form and upload a picture of yourself and your older AC either online here

Only home owners with AC units 10 years or older are qualified entrants.

All Qualified Entrants Win

Even if your air conditioner isn’t the oldest one in the Piedmont Triad, all qualifying entrants receive either $50 off a maintenance tune up!

http://www.ccair.com/Residential/ContactUs/Contest.aspx.

Keep your Home Safe while on Vacation by Central Carolina Air Conditioning Greensboro NC

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by CCAir No Comments

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Don’t let your mail pile up in your mailbox while you’re away on vacation! Be sure to ask a trusted friend or neighbor to get your mail daily if possible, including your newspapers! Nothing says “hey, we’re out of town!” like piled up newspapers in your driveway. If you are gone for more than a week, consider stopping your mail at the post office!

Also, instead of leaving your lights on throughout the house day and night, you can purchase a timer switch that can turn them off according to a schedule you set. That will indicate that people are coming and going throughout the day to anyone watching your home.

It’s also a good idea to alert the police department if you will be out of town for more than a week.  Sometimes they will agree to drive by to see if there is any unwanted activity as well!

Have a concern with your plumbing, air conditioning or electrical units? 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!