What To Do If Your AC Won’t Turn On

Your Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on, first check your unit outside to determine if the condenser is running. Make sure that the unit is plugged in and your thermostat is set properly.

It sounds simple, but lower your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees and see if that fixes your problem- and make sure your thermostat is set to cool. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ knows that many thermostats are tricky and homeowners may be able to save themselves time and money by reading the manual.

Then check to see if a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker is to blame.

If your air conditioner still will not turn on or your coil is frozen, you may have a problem with your motor or compressor and will need to contact a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to repair your system.

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

Essential Summer Plumbing Checklist

Every home needs a plunger to take care of routine clogs. Plungers are inexpensive and can be stored in a linen closet or basement. The worst time to need a plunger is when you don’t have one and have to run to the hardware store to get one. Plungers can handle most normal clogs. If not, it’s time to call your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber. Aside from keeping a plunger handy, there are several other proactive things homeowners can do to be prepared for clogs.

Take Care of Your Drains

Be cautious of what goes down the drain. Even the best kitchen garbage disposal can’t process every type of food waste. Purchase mesh or plastic drain filters for each kitchen sink. Hair build-up in the sinks and bathtubs eventually results in clogged bathroom pipes. A pair of tweezers may help pull hair build-up out, but you can also buy drain filters for the tub and sink. If you have kids, help them understand how much toilet paper to use, and what things don’t go in the toilet.

Inspect for Leaks

Summer is the best time to check for leaks. Even temperate climates can experience cold temperatures in winter, which may affect plumbing.  It’s best to detect and take care of any leaks that may have occurred over the winter. Start outside of your house and inspect water spigots. Inside, look carefully at faucets, shower heads, and pipes under sinks. Pay attention to rust on pipes and evidence of moisture inside cabinets. Check toilets for leaks. Some issues with toilets can be easily fixed but if you’re not confident in your plumbing skills, call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional.

Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the professionals 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

Energy Tips & Troubleshooting For Your Central Air

In general, you should hire an excellent service technician at least once per year for regular maintenance to keep your system running efficiently in each season. If you run into any problems or concerns during your air conditioning inspection, you should call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional for service in advance of the summer season when you’ll want your system to be ready to cool your home.

To help keep your energy bills under control during the summer, you can lower costs by simply increasing the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees. It can help you with saving money and energy by using higher temperature settings.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical New Jersey 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. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Spring Plumbing Tips You’ll Love!

  • Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  • Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Check your water heater manufacturer ‘s website for specific instructions concerning your make and model.
  • Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  • Make sure flammables are not stored near the water heater or furnace.
  • Check dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Use stainless steel hoses wherever possible. They are more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types.
  • 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

HVAC Warning

HVAC Dangers

Deferred maintenance may sound like a money-saver, but it’s actually the costliest way to run an HVAC system. Problems that would be found and resolved with preventative maintenance quickly snowball into serious issues and costly emergency repairs.

Even worse, unnecessary wear and tear caused by ignoring—excuse us—deferring maintenance can significantly shorten an HVAC system’s life. When an HVAC system dies after a mere decade, chances are very good deferred maintenance was a factor. Don’t ignore small problems as they will most likely end up turning into much larger and much more expensive problems. Remember the old adage “A stitch in time saves nine.”.

Green Apple Plumbing and 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

Keep Your Central Air Clean & Mean

Keep It Clean

Your A/C unit has a filter. It’s thin, light, easily removable, and if you’ve never seen it then it’s probably pretty gross right now. Pull it out, stick it in the shower, and give it a good once-over with a sponge. Let it dry then put it back in—and be thankful you aren’t breathing that filth anymore. This will increase the unit’s output and lower the temp. The other half of this is keeping the coil clean. If you’re on the ground floor, then it’s pretty easy: just use a garden hose to blast some water into the unit through the grates at the top and the sides. If you’re on an upper floor of an apartment building, you’re going to have to get creative. Try using a portable, pumpable sprayer.

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

Do You Know How To Adjust Your Water Pressure?

Adjust the Water Pressure

Anyone with municipal water has a water-pressure regulator between their home and the main supply. Without it, the pressure would blast through all of your appliances and fixtures. To raise or lower the pressure coming into your home, you need to find the regulator and have a partner to test the pressure as you adjust it.

The regulator might be in or around your home, near the main water-cutoff valve, or it could be near the street with the water main. It will probably have some kind of screwed-on cover, but inside is usually a wing nut or bolt you can turn to adjust the pressure. Again, while someone watches the pressure, slowly turn the nut-bolt clockwise to increase pressure and counterclockwise to decrease it.

If you still need assistance with your plumbing make sure to call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. 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 toll-free @888-315-5564

Why You Must Never Flush Garbage Down The Toilet

Don’t Flush garbage down the toilet!

Unfortunately, toilets are not magical. We should know. When you flush something down your toilet, it does not disappear. Instead, it enters a series of pipes until it finally gets deposited into the sewer. If whatever you flushed gets caught in one of those pipes at any point, then you have a problem.

So, what constitutes “garbage”? More bad news. Anything that isn’t explicitly “for” the toilet shouldn’t be flushed down it. That includes tissue paper, wet wipes (even the ones called “flushable), or any other toiletries other than toilet paper. You certainly shouldn’t flush grease or coffee grounds down your toilet. Not that you would ever think of doing that we hope.

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

Call For HVAC Help For These 2 Things

1. Poor Air Flow

If you are noticing weak or little airflow through your AC vents, the unit’s compressor may be failing. In case certain areas or rooms in your home are getting cold air while others are not, then the trouble might be with your ductwork and it’s a sign that your AC system needs urgent repair.

Over time, debris can get stuck in your air conditioning vents. Not only does this obstructs airflow, but it also presents a health risk to you and your family. Having your air conditioner’s ducts cleaned is a great way to restore airflow and ensure that your AC system is working well when you need it the most.

2. Thermostat Problems

At times the trouble is not with the air conditioning unit, but with the thermostat itself. One way to tell if your thermostat is a problem is if one part of your house is very cold while another part remains at the same temperature. Another sign is when your HVAC is set for 70, but the temperature is off by around 10 degrees.

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

Key To Optimize Your HVAC System

Maintain the Central Air Conditioner’s Filters

When you clean or replace the filter, you enhance the air conditioner’s efficiency by 5 to 15 percent. To increase A/C unit efficiency, filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly, per the manufacturer’s instructions. This will ensure its efficiency and increase its lifespan. When dirt and debris clog a filter, air doesn’t flow through it as easily, which makes the unit work harder. Furthermore, when air flows through a dirty air filter it may carry debris with it, which could hinder the evaporator coil’s ability to absorb heat.

Keep the Area around the Unit Clear

To help maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency, keep the area around the unit free of objects and foliage to increase airflow and keep its components clean. When you place a large item behind a box fan, it can’t intake air as efficiently. The same concept is applicable to air conditioners. If you do have plants and shrubs around the unit, cut them back so they are at least 2 feet away.

Clean the Air Conditioner

When dirt and debris build-up on the outer walls of a central air conditioner the airflow is reduced. Follow these simple tips to clean your air conditioner:

  1. Turn off the unit’s power.
  2. Remove any leaves, branches and debris in the unit’s condenser fins, the thin metal mesh on the outside of the A/C.
  3. Vacuum the fins using a soft-bristled brush attachment, taking care not to bend them.
  4. Remove the grill from the top of the A/C and vacuum around the motor.
  5. Wipe down the fan blades with a damp cloth.

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