Letting Aged Pipes Waste Away One of the worst things homeowners can do to their plumbing systems particularly those in older homes built from 1945 to 1972, is let their aging pipes decay. Particularly, pipe deterioration occurs quickest in homes equipped with orangeburg sewer pipe, as the tar paper materials these pipes are made of […]

Don’t Let Aged Pipes Waste Away

Letting Aged Pipes Waste Away

One of the worst things homeowners can do to their plumbing systems particularly those in older homes built from 1945 to 1972, is let their aging pipes decay. Particularly, pipe deterioration occurs quickest in homes equipped with orangeburg sewer pipe, as the tar paper materials these pipes are made of absorb moisture, and as a result, easily deform with pressure.

These sewer pipe systems have a life expectancy of around 50 years; as most were installed prior to 1972, which means their time is almost up. To combat this pipe degrading, the most proactive homeowners will have these pipes replaced before costly, damaging problems develop.

Skipping Routine Checks

Avoiding the above plumbing mistakes, however, cannot make up for general negligence; a vast majority of major plumbing problems can be entirely preventable with routine and annual pipe inspections. For starters, you can diagnose your own pipe and drain problems from home, and check your plumbing performance before the need to call a Green Apple professional ever arises, by evaluating your water meter and water flow on a monthly basis.

However, that does not mean you should forget about professional inspections altogether. In fact, we suggest getting a specialist to look at your home plumbing systems at least once per year, as their trained eyes can catch troubling signs earlier and far more accurately than the average homeowner’s.

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

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That’s a question that every homeowner eventually asks, usually after another repair bill. So how old is too old for a furnace?  On average a furnace that burns natural gas will last anywhere from 15-30 years depending on how well it’s maintained.  If you have neglected annual maintenance to save a few dollars, you will probably […]

Is 15 Years Old Too Old For A Furnace?

That’s a question that every homeowner eventually asks, usually after another repair bill.

So how old is too old for a furnace? 

On average a furnace that burns natural gas will last anywhere from 15-30 years depending on how well it’s maintained.  If you have neglected annual maintenance to save a few dollars, you will probably end up spending that money and more by replacing the furnace before you normally would have had to. An electric furnace will last about 20 years, with the same maintenance rule of thumb applying.

 

So let’s say that your furnace is in need of major repair.  Factors to consider are the price of repair, the cost of a new furnace and the life expectancy of the furnace you have.   Many people will decide to buy a major appliance if the cost of repair is 50 percent or more of a new unit.  If your furnace is 15 years old and well maintained, it could work for another ten years.  If you haven’t been faithful with regular maintenance the remaining lifespan may not be as long.

Since a new standard furnace starts around $2000 and varies depending on the size of your house it would make sense to buy a new one if the repair bill was approaching $1000.

In general, a furnace should be repaired if it is less than ten years old with a repair bill of less than $500

Another thing to think about is whether to replace your older furnace with a high-efficiency model.  The average cost is around $4500.  That seems like a lot, but if your furnace lasts 15 years, the increased cost comes out to about $11 dollars a month.  If you have proper insulation and a furnace large enough to heat your space without overworking, the savings on electricity and natural gas with a high-efficiency unit should easily exceed $11 dollars a month.  That means that your larger initial investment will more than pay for itself over time.  If your furnace lasts 20 years, the extra cost per month drops to only $8.

Even if your furnace is working fine, there are some signs to look for so that a huge repair or replacement bill doesn’t sneak up on you.

1 A rise in utility costs:  This means that the furnace is operating less efficiently and is using more fuel to get the same amount of generated heat.  This will only get worse over time.

2,  Repairs in the last two years:  Repairs become common in the last two years in the life of a furnace.  If you are making regular repairs, it may be time to bite the bullet and replace it.

3.  Strange noises:  Rattles, bangs or the blower turning on and off too frequently are signs of impending furnace death.

Finally, older furnaces are more at risk to generate carbon monoxide as they age.  A cracked heat exchanger, for example, can allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home.  It’s always a good idea to keep a carbon monoxide detector in your home, preferably near the furnace. 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

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating? When your furnace stops working, what do you do? Will you need to call for service, or is it something you might be able to fix on your own? How do you know? At Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical, we are New Jersey’s favorite furnace repair experts. We know how stressful […]

Help! My Furnace Isn’t Working!

Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating?

When your furnace stops working, what do you do? Will you need to call for service, or is it something you might be able to fix on your own? How do you know? At Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical, we are New Jersey’s favorite furnace repair experts. We know how stressful it can be when your heating and cooling system is on the fritz. Below are a few common reasons customers call us for heating repair and some steps you can follow to help diagnose the problem before having to call for service.

System Won’t Turn On

If your furnace won’t come on, there are a few things you can check. First, make sure the unit isn’t turned off. Check the service switch that is usually located on the side or just above the furnace to see that it is in the “on” position. If the problem isn’t with the switch, next head over to your home’s main electrical panel. Check to verify that the circuit connected to your furnace isn’t tripped. If it is, reset the breaker and see if this fixes the problem. If not, the last place we recommend you check would be the thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is set to heat and at a temperature higher than the existing temperature inside your home. If none of these steps make your furnace come on, we recommend you call Green Apple for service

Fan Runs But Doesn’t Produce Heat

When you hear your furnace running, but can’t feel any heat coming out there could be several causes. First, if your furnace has a pilot light, check to make sure it is lit. If this isn’t the problem, and your furnace does run on gas, check your water heater. If your water heater is working properly, you can eliminate gas supply as the problem. Next, check your air filter and verify it is clean. Your air filter should be changed every month a dirty filter can cause your furnace to blow cool air as well as perform inefficiently.

The Furnace Shuts Off Before the House Is Warm

If your furnace runs and blows warm air, but cycles frequently or shuts off before the house warms up, there could be a number of issues contributing to this. Again, check your air filter and verify it is clean. If your air filter isn’t to blame, it’s best to contact a Green Apple professional. Your furnace could be employing a safety feature that keeps the furnace from overheating, or you could be losing air somewhere in your ductwork that keeps your home from warming up. A Green Apple professional can effectively diagnose the problem for you.

If you’ve tried troubleshooting with the tips above and your furnace is still not working properly, it’s probably time to call in for help. 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

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It’s important to keep your kitchen appliances functional and looking clean, and one of the most essential kitchen devices that experiences plumbing issues is the dishwasher. There are countless things that dishwasher plumbing problems affect including your sink and flooring. If left unattended, you will not only fill up your sink with dirty dishes but […]

If You Do Dishes You Need To Read This

It’s important to keep your kitchen appliances functional and looking clean, and one of the most essential kitchen devices that experiences plumbing issues is the dishwasher. There are countless things that dishwasher plumbing problems affect including your sink and flooring. If left unattended, you will not only fill up your sink with dirty dishes but you’ll also have to pay more to fix other appliances. Here are five common plumbing issues that surface when using the dishwasher:

1. Dishwasher Plumbing Problems: Dishwasher Won’t Drain

There are several dishwasher plumbing problems that could be the cause for this, one being a clogged air gap that is shooting water occasionally. Remove the air gap cover and use a wire to clean it out, or pour water down it to wash up the debris. This could also stem from a clogged sink trap, house drain, drain hose, or drain valve, which would require removing the dishwasher and replacing them.

2. Dishwasher Overfills

When your dishwasher runs but doesn’t fill, there’s something wrong with your hot water valve. Check the water intake valve behind the appliance’s bottom front panel and check for debris. If this isn’t the problem, then there is something wrong with your water inlet valve, pressure switch, or timer/selector switch.

3. Dishwasher Doesn’t Clean Dishes

This is because you have a stuck or dirty float switch. This not only requires you to take apart your dishwasher but also to clean the float switch, spray arm, and spray armholes. Also, remove your power panels to get the supply tubes and electrical wires so that you can remove and clean the inlet valve pieces. This can be hard to do correctly without professional assistance.

4. Dishwasher Makes Loud Noise When Running

If you notice a loud banging noise when running your dishwasher, there’s a good chance you need to disassemble everything from the sprayer arm to the motor. There may be food or dish that is stuck at the bottom of the dishwasher. There may also be something wrong with your wash impeller, circulation pump, drain impeller, or drain pump that is causing your dishwasher plumbing problems. Have a professional plumber check it out to determine which piece to fix or replace.

5. Dishwasher Door is Leaking

When opening up your dishwasher, take note of whether the small screw at the bottom is caked with rust or is cracking. Replace or clean your door gasket with detergent according to this observation. You can also adjust the latch plate on top to ensure that your wood floor doesn’t get water damage or become a slippery hazard for family members.

Dishwasher Repair

While dishwashers are definitely beneficial to one’s home, there are clearly many ways that they can be damaged and become a costly fix. If you’ve noticed any leaking or malfunctions with your appliance, don’t wait around for the issue to get worse! 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

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You’re Dealing with Gas The majority of furnaces in homes use gas to heat the air that’s being pumped into the living spaces. When you’re dealing with gas that’s potentially dangerous like carbon monoxide, you really shouldn’t cut any corners. Even if your furnace seems to be working just fine, it could be leaking carbon […]

When Was The Last Time Your Furnace Was Checked?

You’re Dealing with Gas

The majority of furnaces in homes use gas to heat the air that’s being pumped into the living spaces. When you’re dealing with gas that’s potentially dangerous like carbon monoxide, you really shouldn’t cut any corners. Even if your furnace seems to be working just fine, it could be leaking carbon monoxide into your home. Not only is carbon monoxide a combustion hazard a single spark could set off an explosion if there’s enough of the gas but it is extremely dangerous to your family’s health as well.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and long-lasting health problems, as it impact’s the body’s ability to get oxygen to the brain. In large amounts, carbon monoxide can even cause your organs to shut down and lead to death.

If you’re having your furnace checked annually, an HVAC expert can check for cracks in the heat exchanger or any issues related to the pilot light and igniter. They can also check current carbon monoxide levels around your furnace. Of course, even with regular maintenance, you should still have a carbon monoxide detector in your home for your family’s safety.

Your Furnace Is More Efficient

A furnace that receives annual tune-ups is simply more efficient than one that gets ignored. During annual tune-ups, your furnace’s motors will be oiled to run more smoothly, filters will be checked and replaced, and your thermostat will be checked to ensure it is functioning accurately. All of these things can make your furnace more efficient, which allows it to operate using less energy and lowers your utility costs.

Your Furnace Lasts Longer

Just like performing routine maintenance on your car helps it to last longer, annual tune-ups for your furnace can prolong its life. Any parts that are wearing out can be replaced to prevent breakdowns and other expensive issues. And, because your furnace is working more efficiently, it’s not straining to keep your home warm; less strain on the HVAC unit means a longer life for all of its parts and the unit as a whole. This can save you even more money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace that furnace as frequently as you would without maintenance services.

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

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Repair drips and leaks without delay Drips and leaks do more than waste water; they can damage fixtures and cause damage to walls, floors, and furniture. If you can’t stop a drip or fix it yourself, call the Experts. Plumbing is one of our proudest specialties. Tend to a running toilet With all the activity […]

Embrace Regular Indoor Maintenance

Repair drips and leaks without delay

Drips and leaks do more than waste water; they can damage fixtures and cause damage to walls, floors, and furniture. If you can’t stop a drip or fix it yourself, call the Experts. Plumbing is one of our proudest specialties.

Tend to a running toilet

With all the activity a single toilet sees in one month, it’s amazing that the interior parts hold up as long as they do. Still, they don’t last forever, and a toilet that runs is a cue to make a different type of run to the hardware store for some new plumbing parts.

Caulk with purpose

No one is a caulk expert right out of the gate. But with practice, you’ll soon learn how to seal your toilets, sinks, and showers like a pro. Replacing loose or damaged caulk is important before you get started.

Clear slow drains

Clogged sinks, tubs and showers drain slower and slower over time. They’re also easy to ignore, but force yourself to clear them before you find yourself standing in ankle-deep water. You’ll put less pressure on your pipes, too.

Clean faucet aerators

Here’s a fooler: weak water pressure or what appears to be weak water pressure. Many times, it’s calcium that has built up inside a faucet aerator. Simply remove the aerators and clean them with vinegar to get water flowing freely again.

Check your washing machine hoses

Bulges, leaks, and cracks in washing machine hoses can erupt (literally) into some of the most expensive claims insurance companies receive. The hoses should be replaced at least once every three years. And the machine should be set at least 4 inches from the wall to prevent hose damage.

Prevent freezing pipes

We also can’t afford to get complacent about adding insulation to pipes in the garage, crawl space, basement and other rooms exposed to cold weather.

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

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