How Your Outdoor AC Unit Works

OUTDOOR UNIT

The outdoor unit of your central air conditioning system, usually located at the side or back of your house, contains the compressor, condenser coil, a fan and various electrical components.

The heated refrigerant vapor from inside your house moves through the compressor, which heats the refrigerant to an even higher temperature. The higher the temperature of the refrigerant, the faster heat is transferred to the outdoor air. The highly pressurized and heated refrigerant moves to the condenser coil and a fan blows air over it, cooling the coil, and the heat from inside your house disperses into the atmosphere.

As the refrigerant in the condenser coil cools, it returns to its original liquid form and is pumped back into your house as the cycle repeats.

The refrigeration cycle summarized

When the temperature in your house rises above the temperature you’ve programmed into the thermostat, the thermostat turns on the central air conditioning system.

A fan in the system draws warm air from the rooms of your house to the evaporator in the inside unit. The liquid refrigerant is pumped from the outside unit to the evaporator, where the refrigerant vaporizes as it absorbs and removes the heat pumped from the rooms of your house.

The cooled air is pumped back into your house, and the heated, vaporized refrigerant moves heat to the outside unit for dispersal into the atmosphere.

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Controlling Your Air Quality With Central Air

FILTERED AIR

One of the many benefits of a central air system is the air pushed through the ducts is filtered. The air quality of your home will improve, which means fewer allergens and potentially harmful gases.

However, this benefit requires maintaining and changing the filter regularly. Modern units have filter indicators that’ll tell you when you need to change your filter.

If you live in an area with high levels of humidity, filtering the air also means lowering the humidity level. This increases the comfort level of your home, too.

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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564.

Simple Plumbing Secrets You Should Know

1) LEMON PEELS WILL MAKE MY SINK SMELL GOOD.

This is true, but we don’t recommend it unless you have a very powerful garbage disposal. We recommend a homemade mixture of vinegar and a bit of baking soda, completely dissolved, being poured down the drain to keep it fresh smelling.

 

2) FLUSHABLE WIPES CAN BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.

Wow – this is a tough one! They can be, but we do not encourage their use. They can cause major clogging issues. It is true they are more biodegradable than say a wet sock, but not much better. Flushable wipes have the potential to back up your entire system. Don’t waste your money.

3) A SLOW LEAKING FAUCET IS NOT A PROBLEM.

FALSE! Anytime there is a dripping that won’t stop you are hiking up your water bill, wasting water, and causing wear and tear on your faucet and plumbing fixtures. If you can’t fix a leak yourself, call in a professional Green Apple plumber and the reinforcements to tend to it. Don’t wait!

Green Apple 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

Air Quality And Your HVAC Unit

How Can You Protect Yourself Against AC Air Pollution?

  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or changing your unit’s air filters.
  • Open the windows as much as you can. Allow fresh air to circulate in your home and flush out pollutants.
  • Have a Green Apple HVAC technician perform annual maintenance checks.
  • Turn the temperature up, or turn the unit off altogether, at night or when the house is empty.
  • Try using the fan-only mode on your AC unit.
  • Don’t forget about the AC unit in your car. Be sure to change your cabin air filters after a few years to ensure a clean ride.

There are many small steps you can take to protect yourself and your family against air contamination caused by a dirty air conditioning unit.

Green Apple 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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Don’t Hesitate To Call A Plumber When You See These

1. A Pipe Is Leaking A Little Bit

Leaky pipes are also annoyances that many people just accept, especially if the leak is small. After all, if the water leaking is small in its volume, it doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a cause for concern. However, any leaky pipe poses a big risk to the home. Not only are leaky pipes more prone to break or burst, but these little leaks can really drive up the cost of your water bill over time.

2. Your Family Is Just Used To Short Showers

Unless you knowingly purchased a very small or highly economical water heater, no single-family home should be a place where people have to race to be the first one to use the hot water. Any modern water heater should be able to adequately provide a family with a sufficient amount of water for everyone to use comfortably. If your hot water isn’t doing its job, call a Green Apple plumber. You might not need a new unit if the one you already have can be repaired.

3. Your Bathtub Takes A Long Time To Drain

If your bathtub or shower takes forever to drain, your instinct might be to clean out the top and pour some liquid drain clogging solutions inside. While this will occasionally work, most drains that have accumulated over time require professional intervention. A bathtub or shower should drain out almost instantaneously. If they don’t it might be time to call a Green Apple plumber.

We 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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

How Long Should Your Garbage Disposal Last?

HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR WASTE DISPOSAL

There are some steps that you can take today to help stop your garbage disposal from failing prematurely. With proper care and maintenance, you may be able to help your food disposal last far beyond the average 12 years that most people can expect. In fact, you may be able to boost the life of your unit to 15 or even 20 years.

It’s a good idea to use a snake or other plumbing device specifically designed for garbage disposals every two years or so to clean out any food or debris that has collected in the unit. This helps to prevent buildup from reaching levels that could inhibit the operation of the internal blades and mechanisms.

Often, backups and drainage issues are caused not by the garbage disposal itself but by food and particles that get stuck further down the pipe. Before resorting to harsh chemicals to remove these types of blockages, consider plugging the drain hole and filling the sink with cold water. Pull the plug, and allow the pressure of the water to help remove the blockage.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Pamper Your Plumbing

Taking daily steps to prevent drain clogs is so important. In the kitchen, this means not pouring grease, fats, or oils (including cooking oil and butter) down the drain. These products will eventually coagulate inside of the drains, and if the clog is in the drain outside of the home, then the repair can really get expensive.

Proper use of the garbage disposal is also important for preventing clogs. When using your garbage disposal, you should turn the water on before running the disposal and leave the water running for a good 15 seconds afterward to help rinse the debris through to the main line. You should also avoid putting certain foods in the disposal, including fibrous foods like banana peels and celery, as well as foods that are difficult to process, like potato peels and cucumber peels.

In the bathroom, you should reduce your use of bath oils and avoid using chemical clog removal products. You should also avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Things like tampons, diapers, and other garbage items will quickly cause a clog if you try to flush them.

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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Have You Overlooked These Air Conditioning Concerns?

Never Cleaning Fins and Coils

Air conditioning evaporator fins and coils allow heat to pass from the refrigerant in the system out into the air, just as condenser coils absorb heat from inside the house. This process of moving heat is very important, but it can become impeded by layers of dust and grime. If you never ever check on your coils that grime is costing you money and decreasing efficiency. Clean your air conditioner at the beginning of the warm season and check it from time to time, especially after storms or high winds to make sure your coils and fins stay clear.

Ignoring Your Air Filter

Your home’s air filters help to remove dust, allergens and more from all the air that passes through the system. These filters are typically light cardboard-and-wire constructs that are designed to be regularly replaced. After around six months or so, that filter is so filled with dirt, air has a tough time getting through and the unit can’t really do its job anymore. That not only raises the volume of dust in your home, it also greatly decreases airflow and efficiency for your AC unit. You can improve energy use for your AC  by five to fifteen percent just by replacing a dirty filter, so make sure that you get a new filter a couple times a year and remember to check and change it after particularly dusty activities, like a big demolition and remodel.
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Reliable And Affordable Plumbing

Here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ we always provide the most reliable and affordable plumbing services available. We are the experts 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. We take care of every type of plumbing situation whether it’s a slow leaking faucet or a major plumbing emergency we have your back. We are New Jersey’s most trusted professionals. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Why Plumbers Think You Shouldn’t Use Drano Type Products

One of the biggest pet peeves plumbers have is that people seem to think that Drano and Liquid Plumr are the solutions for any drain clog in the house. While these can be useful tools in some instances, in others, they can cause more damage than they are worth.
Why Shouldn’t I Use Drano in My Toilet Bowl?

Toilets are a special case, as any chemical you put in the toilet is going to stay there for some time, since the bowl fills with water and is slow to drain without flushing. The chemicals will settle onto the porcelain. Plumbers will tell you this is a bad thing because the chemicals in Liquid Plumr and Drano will heat up while standing in the ceramic bowl. This will cause one of two things to happen. First, it can crack the porcelain bowl, meaning you will have to replace the entire commode. Second, the concoction could explode, leading to replacement of fixtures, furniture, and perhaps walls in your bathroom. Both are much more expensive than calling a plumber to bring a drain snake for repairs or using a plunger.
Why Shouldn’t I Use Liquid Plumr in Other Parts of My Home?

There is no rule that says over the counter drain clog removers aren’t safe in some instances. For example, you could potentially clear out a really bad clog in your shower drain with one of these liquid agents. However, plumbers will warn you that, if you have plastic piping in your plumbing system, the chemicals in these agents will eat away at your pipes quickly. In fact, they can even begin to eat and corrode metal piping over the long term. If you use them too frequently or if the chemical doesn’t resolve the clog then it just sits in your pipes eating them away. For reoccurring clogs, you should always call for professional help rather than risk the cost of repiping your home.
Signs You Might Be Getting Played

Of course, if plumbers insist that you never use chemicals for small projects, they are likely just trying to make an extra buck or two. In many cases, a single use of Liquid Plumr or Drano isn’t going to cause an issue with your pipes, though you may still want to avoid use of harsh chemicals in the toilet. Don’t be guilted or frightened into getting professional help when it’s not necessary, but also know when to make that phone call to the trained and licensed plumbing contractor!
You can always call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll free at 888-315-5564