Don’t Get Stuck With This Plumbing Emergency

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a Green Apple plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing problems please call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Protect Your Home Against Freezing Temps Tonight

There are freezing temperatures predicted tonight in the New Jersey area. The last thing you want to have happen is for your furnace to give out and you and your family to be stuck in a cold home with a broken furnace. It’s always best to be proactive and schedule an annual furnace inspection.

Our trained professionals will make sure that all of your furnace filters are clear and circulating clean air. We will give your HVAC a full and thorough inspection. It’s especially important this time of year to make sure there are no small problems that can turn into much larger and more expensive problems down the line if left unchecked.

We are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

What You Must Know about Your Plumbing

  • Outside water valves

    To protect your pipes and keep them from freezing in the severe cold, turn off the valve that controls the tap for your garden hose. This will avoid water entering the hose and freezing, causing the pipes to burst.

  • Know the location of your home’s main water valve

    In case of a major incident – such as a pipe bursting – when you might need to immediately shut off all of the water in the home, it’s critical to know where the main water valve is located. This valve is usually located next to the water meter and should be kept in good condition. To maintain your home’s main water valve and keep it in working order, open and close it once a year.

  • We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel  to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

How Not To Let Heat Escape Your Home

1- Curtains are excellent for preventing heat loss. You can buy heavy-duty curtains, or thermal lining for your existing ones, for extra insulation. But try not to let your curtains hang over any radiators, as this can stop the heat from warming the room.

 

2- Insulating your home is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills and make your house warmer and more comfortable. Warm air can escape from your home in all directions – including the roof, walls, floor, windows, and doors – meaning lots of the energy you pay for can go to waste.

If you don’t think your furnace is operating the way that it should be then please call your friends at Green Apple with any questions or concerns you might have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Safe-Guard Your Home Plumbing This Winter

  • Green Apple recommends Insulating pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements.
  • When below-freezing weather is forecast, open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. This allows these pipes to get more heat from inside your home.
  • If you leave home for several days, put your furnace on a low setting. This may not prevent freezing pipes but it can help.
  • Let a slight drip of water run when temperatures dip below freezing. Use cold water to avoid water heating charges.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

Don’t Let This Happen To Your Furnace

The most common reason a heating and air conditioning system breaks down is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.

Another way to stay on top of your furnace’s needs is to make sure you schedule an annual furnace inspection to make sure your furnace is operating to its full potential and that there aren’t any small problems that can turn into much larger and more expensive problems down the road. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

Two Hot Tips For Your Furnace

Programmable Thermostat

Use a programmable thermostat to set up a schedule for your furnace & dictate what temperature you want your home to be at specific days and times of the week. So instead of turning your furnace off when you go to bed, or setting it to a very low temperature, you can program it to automatically lower the temperature at night and have it back up to your comfort setting when you get up in the morning.

Register the Warranty

Register your equipment to receive the maximum warranty. Many manufacturers offer a standard 5-year parts warranty on their equipment. What people don’t realize is that warranty can be extended, often up to 10 years, just by registering the equipment.

Check with the company who installed your equipment to see if you’re getting the maximum warranty. We recommend calling the company who made your furnace as well to make sure you’re getting the same answer.

You can always call Green Apple even if we didn’t install it, and we can try to help you verify what kind of warranty your equipment has. Call us toll-free with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs at 888-315-5564

Try This Quick Plumbing Fix!

First, make sure there is no water in the sink. Pour one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of table salt and then pour a cup of white vinegar. Wait for ten minutes and flush it with boiling water. Then the problem should be solved!

If This simple solution doesn’t work then call your local Green Apple professionals. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

Best Way To Protect Your Furnace From Damage

Regardless of what type of furnace you have, regular maintenance is key for efficient out comings and money savings. Since dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace, as it wastes fuel and considerably lowers your furnace’s efficiency, you can save you a lot of money on heating costs as well as avoid expensive repairs in the future simply by keeping your furnace clean.

Because dirt affects all three basic components of your furnace: the filter system, the blower, and the motor, your furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous in order to keep your home cleaner and to prevent dirt and debris from getting into your blower and damaging it.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

Older Home? Check Your Pipes.

Lead pipes, used in the early 1900s, have a life expectancy of 100 years, but they can leach lead into your drinking water, a potential health hazard. Lead pipes are typically dull gray and the surface of the pipe can be easily scratched with a knife or key.

If you suspect that your home has lead water pipes, have the water tested. If results show the lead content at 15 parts per billion (15 ppb) or more, call in a professional Green Apple plumber to replace your home’s lead pipes.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564