The Key To Unlock HVAC Excellence

The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, the air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.

Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

Items You Should Never Ever Flush Down The Toilet

1. Baby Wipes

Yes, even the ones that say they’re flushable.  These are frequently the cause of clogs and should always be thrown out in a wastebasket instead.  Even “flushable” wipes don’t disintegrate the way toilet paper does, which can eventually cause plumbing issues.

2. Q-Tips & Cotton Pads

Cotton balls, cotton pads, and Q-Tips are definitely not safe to flush. They don’t break down the way toilet paper (even cotton toilet paper) does, and all they really do is clump together in your pipes and cause problems.

3. Menstrual Products

This one might shock you, but menstrual products (tampons, pads, etc.) should also never be flushed down the toilet. Why?  They’re products that are meant to absorb water, not break down in it, meaning they’ll only expand when you flush them and that’s no good for your plumbing.

4. Condoms

Condoms are also not designed to break down in water, so flushing them can cause clogs in toilets and septic tanks.

5. Diapers

Honestly, you shouldn’t even be able to flush a diaper (like menstrual products, they expand in water and diapers are probably already too big to get down the drain) but on the off-chance that you can and do, it’ll expand and get caught in your pipes. That’s what diaper pails are for!

6. Dental Floss

Not only can dental floss clog your pipes, but it can also cause environmental damage. Floss basically turns into a net when flushed, catching and holding onto other debris it can even wrap around parts of your septic system and burn out the motor.

7. Paper Towels & Tissues

You might think paper towels and tissues aren’t all that different from toilet paper, but they’re simply not designed to break down the way toilet paper does. In the event that you need to use paper towels or tissues in place of toilet paper for any reason,  put them in a wastebasket instead.

8. Medication

If you have old pills that you need to get rid of, don’t flush them. Toilet water doesn’t break them down properly, meaning the medication gets into the water and can cause toxic environmental effects.

9. Cigarette Butts

Speaking of toxic chemicals, that’s exactly what flushing cigarettes down the drain adds to the water, too. Not to mention, it’s a huge waste of water when you can simply throw them out properly. Cigarette butts can also cause clogs.

10. Kitty Litter

Some brands of kitty litter claim to be flushable, but most toilets don’t use enough water to move the litter along properly in your pipes and all it does is add more things to the water that make it harder to purify. Cat waste from the litter box should also not be flushed, because the litter dehydrates the waste and toilets are meant to flush water-soluble waste.

11. Hair

Like dental floss, hair forms a sort of net when you flush it down the drain and gets caught on basically everything plus, it floats, and it never dissolves in water no matter how long it’s in there.

12. Gum

As you can probably imagine, chewing gum doesn’t exactly break down in the water, either. Plus, it’s sticky and can easily adhere to the inside of your pipes and cause a clog. You should always throw gum out in the wastebasket for this reason.

Call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs. Call toll-free @888-315-5564

Effects Of Humidity On Your HVAC System

Humidity and Central Air Conditioning Systems

If your air conditioning system is working efficiently, it will remove the proper amount of heat and moisture from your living area, resulting in the comfortable environment you want.

If not, you may not achieve the comfort level you desire for your home, regardless of the temperature setting you are using.

When humidity is high, it makes sense that A/C systems have to work harder to keep the home cool. If you’re dealing with an older, inefficient or wrong-sized system, it may not be able to handle the job. Your home may end up feeling warmer than it actually is because the air is holding extra moisture that isn’t being properly removed.

What’s more, the system will be working longer and harder without providing the desired result. This adds wear to the unit and can result in higher utility bills.

It’s important to know that a larger capacity system of air conditioning will not necessarily produce the cooling effect that you want in your home. It’s imperative that your system is sized properly for your unique home by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional.

If you are using your central air conditioning system, but not getting the results you want, you can safely assume one of the problems is excess moisture in the air. Some obvious signals that you’ll experience if this is the case include:

  1. The air in your home feels moist
  2. There is a damp or musty smell in parts of your home
  3. Your windows are foggy.

These factors can tell you there is too much humidity present and you should take action to adjust humidity levels. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @888-315-5564

Things To Consider When Purchasing A new AC System

Buying a New Central Air Conditioner

There are a few main things that homeowners will want to take into consideration when deciding which AC unit or brand is best for them. It really depends on what you value the most in a replacement HVAC system. The major factors for most homeowners will be the cost, lifespan of the AC unit, warranties offered, energy efficiency (SEER ratings), and size of the unit you need for your home’s square footage (TONS.)

Things to Consider:

Quality of AC Unit: Every central air conditioner has a different value depending on how much you are wanting to pay. Most brands offer a quality tier air conditioner and a cheaper budget-friendly option for your HVAC replacement needs. Each brand has a different advantage and you will learn about them below.

The lifespan of Air Conditioners: If you do any research on Consumer Reports, it’s easy to realize that a standard HVAC repair can become costly. This means you will want to pick an air conditioner that has ratings and reviews that bode well for their life expectancy. The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is 12 to 15 years if it is properly installed and maintained. Top brands will last longer and have fewer repair issues over time.

HVAC Warranties: The best central AC brands on average have a general parts warranty up to 10+ years. The best brands will be able to offer warranties that are hard to find anywhere else. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

How Liquid Drain Cleaner Can Be Harmful

Liquid Drain Cleaners are a quick, inexpensive, convenient solution for many people with a slow or a clogged drain. Chemical drain cleaners are easy to find and relatively cheap, particularly when you compare the price of a bottle of drain opener to the cost of a visit from a plumber. However, these popular products could end up being very expensive in the long run, as they are dangerous both to pipes and to people.

These liquid drain cleaners are caustic chemicals that are best used to dissolve soft clogs like hair or grease. While most of these are available to anyone in your local discount store, some are very heavy duty and should only be used by licensed plumbers. These chemicals eat away at these soft clogs near the surface of the drain opening, but they can eat away at other things.

Liquid drain cleaner can cause a lot of damage to you if it gets on you or in you. These chemicals can burn you if they come in contact with you externally or internally. If even a little splashback on you during use, be sure to wash it off immediately (or to follow any other protocol the manufacturer lists on the packaging), if it is left on your skin it could cause some serious burns. If ingested, a liquid drain cleaner can be fatal; this is why it is important to keep these products away from children and pets. These are some of the most hazardous items that the public can easily and readily purchase.

While these drain cleaners can often be effective, they may not always unclog your drain, particularly if the clog is deep. Shallow clogs near the surface work best with these products. If you have used a chemical drain opener with no success, you will have to manually unclog the sink. If these caustic chemicals remain in the pipes behind a deep clog, they may be stirred up by your further unclogging efforts. This means that these chemicals might come up the drain and could splash back onto your skin or even in your face.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @ 888-315-5564

When Is The Best Time To Install Central Air

Before Your Current HVAC Unit Dies

If you don’t want to find yourself without cool air during a hot summer day or without heat during the cold days of winter, then don’t wait until your HVAC system dies before replacing it. HVAC systems usually give warning signs as they near the end of their life. If your system is more than 15 years old, is not heating or cooling as it used to despite regular maintenance, and isn’t as energy efficient as it used to be, it could be time to replace it.

Call your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical HVAC professional for an inspection. They will be able to advise whether it simply needs a tune-up, more extensive repairs or needs replacing. It may be that only the air conditioner or furnace needs replacing rather than the entire HVAC unit, which will help you save money.

If You’re Doing Constant Repairs

If you find yourself calling your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC technician on a regular basis because your system is always acting up, it’s time to stop spending money on endless repairs and replace the system instead. Just as it isn’t worth spending money on constant repairs to an old car, it isn’t worth it to continually fix an old failing HVAC system. When you add up what you’ve spent over time, you may find you’ve spent more money on repairs than you would have on buying a new system.

Spare yourself the frustration, inconvenience, and the expense and replace the unit. A well-functioning HVAC system is more energy-efficient, will decrease your electric bill and makes life more comfortable for the whole family. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

7 Signs You Need To Replace Your Toilet

1. Constant Clogging

Nobody likes to deal with a clogged toilet. While they’re not uncommon, random or recurring clogs can indicate an issue. If you have an old, low flush toilet, you may experience clogs far too often. If you experience clogs more than once a week, or the clogs seem random and odd, you should probably replace your toilet.

If you don’t want to lose the water-saving benefits of a low-flush toilet, simply replace your current toilet with a more efficient and effective commode. Modern technologies have come a long way, and low-flush toilets are much better than they used to be.

2. Cracks

When you notice puddles of water around your toilet, you may want to check for cracks in the porcelain. While the toilet may work fine, leaks can waste a lot of water, and that water exposure can damage your flooring over time. It can also result in mold or mildew growth.

Look for cracks in the bowl or the tank of the toilet. If you notice any, or if you hear constant running from your toilet, replace it right away before the situation gets worse. If you can’t tell if there’s a crack, put dye in the water of the tank or bowl and see if the dyed water makes it to the floor.

3. Plentiful Repairs

Toilets shouldn’t need to be constantly repaired. If you find yourself regularly calling for a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber to fix the toilet or replace it. Frequent repairs can add up, and you can save yourself a bit of cash over the years if you invest in a new toilet.

Or, if your toilet requires numerous repairs all at once, it may be cheaper to replace the toilet instead. Discuss the situation with your Green Apple plumber, and they can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option.

4. Excessive Age

Even if your toilet is a little old, it may work just fine. But older toilets are often more inefficient than the newer models, so it may be a good idea to replace your toilet and save some money and water. Consider a toilet with a dual-flush feature. It allows you to partially flush for liquid waste and fully flush for solid waste. That way, you can maximize your savings both in water use and utility costs.

5. Wobbling

If your toilet wobbles, it may be a simple problem of loose screws. A Green Apple plumber can easily tighten the bolts and ensure everything is properly placed. But wobbling can also signify a bigger problem. The floor beneath the toilet may be rotting away or water damaged, so if you notice wobbling, call a Green Apple professional to check it out.

6. Inefficient Flushing

When you find that your water bills are high, investing in a new, water-efficient toilet can help you keep your bills down. The average toilet uses three to five gallons of water with each flush, while a low-flush toilet uses about two gallons for every flush. If you have a large family or are environmentally conscious, such a change can help lower your water bill and water usage.

7. Surface Damages

If you have a lot of scratches on the surface of your toilet, you may want to replace your toilet for cosmetic reasons. Excessive scratches can make it difficult to keep the fixture clean. This damage is more common with older toilets that have been scrubbed numerous times over the years, so if you find that you’re cleaning your toilet more often than you should, it could be time for a replacement.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Your Essential Labor Day HVAC Guidelines

1. Turn Down The Air Conditioning

You can conserve energy while you are gone this Labor Day simply by changing the temperature just a few degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even set it up so that you will still come home to a cool house. Unless you have animals in the house that could suffer from the heightened temperatures, invest in a programmable thermostat so that you can save money and energy while you’re away!

2. Change Your Filters

Whether you’ve got a programmable thermostat or not, chances are that you’ll at least keep your system running while you are gone to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality stays even. If your filters are clogged, it can cause your system to break down, meaning you could be coming home to an uncomfortable house. It really doesn’t take too much time to clean or replace your filters, and we feel that it will make all the difference in your energy bill as well as the comfort level of your home!

3. Burglary Protection

One thing that many homeowners need to be aware of when taking a vacation, is that thieves tend to target homes that look vacant, after all, they know it’s a vacation weekend! Your HVAC equipment is expensive, and an appealing item for any burglar intending to steal something of value. To avoid these vacationers worries, install a device that turns on lights at the same time every day so that your home doesn’t look empty and keep your blinds closed! You can take anti-theft measurements like motion light sensors, and outdoor HVAC unit cages for added protection. Since the copper in the system is valuable, protection is necessary!

We encourage you to enjoy your Labor Day weekend with relaxation! Take the proper precautions and prepare your home for your absence! Happy Labor Day weekend from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ! Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @888-315-5564

Make Sure To React When You Experience Any Of These

 Slow drains around the house

A single slow drain is a nuisance, but you can often take care of it with a sink plunger. If that doesn’t work, arrange for drain cleaning with a Green Apple plumber. ( Don’t use “drain cleaning” chemicals from the store, since these can harm the pipes.) If drains are slow all around the house, you may have an emergency down in the sewer line or blocked sewer vents and these will become serious problems if you don’t have Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumbers locate and fix them.

 Hearing running water when nobody is using water

If you can hear water moving through the pipes in your house, and you’re certain that nobody has a tap open or is running an appliance like the dishwasher, it’s often a warning sign of a leak. A way to double-check this is to look at the water meter and write down the reading. Don’t use any water in the house for an hour, and then recheck the meter. If the reading has gone up, call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber for leak detection.

 A knocking sound in the pipes

This knocking noise is called water hammer, and it often means there’s too much pressure inside the plumbing or valves have come loose. This may eventually lead to leaks, so have a Green Apple plumber look at it right away.

 A drop in water pressure

A water pressure decline in the house often means something is wrong with the municipal water supply. We recommend checking with your neighbors to see if they’re having the same problem. But if it looks like it’s just your house, there may be trouble with your water line or a major leak elsewhere in the plumbing. Get a professional Green Apple plumber to help right away.

 A steep rise in water bills

Check your water bills so you have a good idea of the average number of gallons your household uses each month. If the cost of bills starts to rise, take a look at the usage. Is it higher than normal, but you cannot think of any reason for it? If so, you may have hidden leaks. Contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical as soon as possible. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Why You Shouldn’t Humidify In The Summer

 Match the Indoor and Outdoor Units – If you have to change the outdoor air conditioning or condensing unit consider changing the indoor coil to match it. Ask your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical technician if the indoor or evaporator coil is compatible or if it also needs to be changed. Mismatching a high efficient condensing unit with a low efficient indoor coil can not only cost you most if not all of the added efficiency but can also damage your compressor valves and cause your compressor to wear out much sooner than it normally would.

 Adjust the Thermostat – Set your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter. Many experts agree that 78°F is a good starting point in order to save money. Every degree below 78°F that you set your thermostat for AC will increase your energy usage by around 8 percent.

 Don’t Humidify in the Summer – Don’t use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating because it will force the air conditioner to work harder.

 Properly Seal your Ducts – Have your ductwork checked to see if it needs any repairs or if it needs to be replaced. If some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold, if the insulation is peeling or if there is a buildup of contaminants inside consider having your ducts evaluated to see if they need replacing. Also, return grilles and grills in each room should be evaluated to see if they are properly sized and working correctly.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564