Prevent A Plumbing Disaster

 

  1. Check your basement pipes. Make sure any exposed pipes in the basement, under sinks, or outside, are free from cracks or damage from freezing. A leak in the basement can easily go unnoticed and cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
  2. Check your faucets. Look for any drips or leaks that may need repairs. Make sure all drains are clean and not clogged. Inspect the toilet and tank for any hidden leaks or cracks and make sure your toilet is not running, which could run up your water bill.
  3. Check your water heater. The temperature should be set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit or you will notice higher utility costs. Also, consider replacing it if it is over 15 years old or you run the risk of it breaking down when you need it most.
  4. Check out your appliances. Look for any leaks around your dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker to prevent costly damage to your appliances.
  5. Install flood alarms. Just like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm will sound when it meets water. This can help avoid the potential for flooding and save you the costs of damages to your home and belongings.
  6. Check your water pressure. If you’re experiencing low water pressure, this could be the sign of a water leak. A water leak you do not see is one that can cost you the most money. It is best to get it checked out before it does irreversible damage.
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How Long Does A Normal Central Air Unit Last?

It should come as no surprise that one of the most important elements that affect the lifespan of an A/C unit, like any appliance, is how often it is used. An A/C unit in a region where frequent use is required on average can last 10 to 15 years, while one that is used less frequently may continue operating for 20 or even 25 years (all other variables held constant).

In order to extend the life of your unit, consider turning the thermostat up a couple of degrees so there is less strain put on the unit. In most cases, this will not result in much impact on your comfort level, but it can have a significant impact on the performance of your system over time.

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

This Should Be Your Plumbing Safety Checklist

Where does the water come into your house? And how do you shut it off? If you have a leak, especially a major one, you should immediately shut off the water to prevent water damage. You don’t want to spend extra time running around and looking for the water shut-off valve, so before a leak occurs, know where the shut-off is located.

Where are gas shut-off valves? For safety reasons, this is even more important than your water shut-off valve. If you smell gas, you should immediately shut off all gas to your house, leave and call your gas supplier.

How to know whether you have a hidden leak. Check your water meter (it should be located somewhere around your shut-off valve) and don’t use the water for a few hours. If the water meter has moved, you probably have a leak somewhere.

What your water pressure is. Residential water pressure should be 80 PSI or lower. You can call your local water company to find out what your water pressure is or you can buy a water pressure gauge for a few dollars at your local hardware or home improvement store.

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

How Frequently Should My Central Air Be Serviced?

How often should your central air conditioning unit be serviced if there is no problem? Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ recommends that our qualified heating and air conditioning professional should inspect your A/C system at least once each year, as regular service of your A/C unit can help ensure its efficiency.

Even if you don’t suspect any problems with your air conditioning unit, heating, and cooling experts know that it’s a good idea to have it inspected, serviced and cleaned once a year to ensure it operates at peak energy efficiency and is ready to cool your house during the months when you need it most.

As your HVAC system runs, it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency, like the condensing coils and air filters. Left unchecked, your A/C system can lose 5 percent of its operating efficiency each year because of this buildup, meaning it can’t cool your house as well as it could if it were clean.

At Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ we offer low-priced, preventative maintenance service contracts and we’ll check and service your HVAC unit. We will provide preferred scheduling to preventive maintenance customers, should an issue arise during our busy season. Give us a call today, and we will help you find an HVAC maintenance plan that is right for your needs and your family’s comfort all year long!

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

How To Extend The Life Of Your Garbage Disposal

  • 1. Grind ice cubes to help maintain your unit. Grinding a few ice cubes once a month will help sharpen your unit’s blades and clear away waste that’s stuck on the walls of your disposal.
  • 2. Don’t use drain cleaners on your disposal. The chemicals in drain cleaners can damage your disposal. If you have a clog, give a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber a call or try the step below to fix it instead.
  • 3. Hand-crank the disposal to break up jams. One of the best ways to fix disposal jams to stick an Allen wrench in the slot at the bottom of your unit and manually crank the blades to free it up.
  • 4. Don’t forget about the reset button. If your disposal is acting up, check and see if the reset button at the bottom of the unit has tripped. If it’s popped out, press it back down and try running it again.
  • 5. Exercise caution when retrieving something from your disposal. If you accidentally drop something down your disposal, be very careful when trying to retrieve it. Make sure your unit is unplugged before attempting anything and try grabbing the object with pliers or a bent coat hanger instead of your hand.
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7 Benefits Of Annual Central Air Inspection

  • Increased dependability
  • Find potential problems and fix them quickly
  • Provide maximum efficiency which lowers energy costs
  • Prolongs the life-span of the equipment
  • Maintains safe and healthy operation
  • Can help to protect the environment
  • Drastically reduces the chance of a break-down which usually happens at night or on weekends when repair rates are higher
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How To Be Prepared For Plumbing Repairs

How often have you had a repair person over to fix a problem only to remember after they leave that you had another thing that needed to be fixed? We’ve all been there. Next time you call a plumber for an emergency, take stock of the health of the rest of the plumbing in your house. Are drains running slowly? Is there leaking coming from the faucets, or signs of mildew in certain parts of your home? By having a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber investigate potential problems as they develop you’ll save money on repeated visits while extending the life of your plumbing system.

Plumbers are usually paid by the hour. There’s no reason you should be paying good money for a plumber to clear their workspace. Before they arrive, clean out the area near the pipes they’ll be repairing, and make sure any children and pets stay away as well.

Ask the plumber what they are going to need to repair your problem, then head to the plumbing supply store to load up on the necessary supplies. It’s not a bad idea to buy some extra as well so you’ll always have them handy should you require small fixes in the future.

Any time you can fix a problem by yourself before it becomes a crisis will save you money while extending the life of your home’s plumbing system.

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 @888-611-7191

A Little Maintenance Can Go A Long Way

It’s incredibly important not to neglect your AC unit because it can end up costing you more in cooling or repair costs. Basically, you need to treat your AC unit like your car. Even though the AC unit only gets used about four months out of the year, having a contractor give it a tune-up before summer arrives will ultimately help extend its life and operate more efficiently, saving energy. The Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical technician will inspect the thermostat, motor, wiring, coolant levels and other efficiency checks as needed.

In addition to having a tune-up each year, there are several things you can do to help your AC. First, inspect your AC unit’s air filter each month. When it’s clogged with dust and you can no longer see the filter material, replace it with a clean filter. A dirty air filter allows dust buildup inside your system and restricts airflow. A clean filter is essential for efficiency and comfort, and for improving your indoor air quality. Next, keep the area around your indoor unit clean to prevent dust from entering the system. Following these tips will ensure that your AC unit runs efficiently throughout the warm months.

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

An Investment That Adds Value

Are you still considering the upfront costs of a central air conditioner? One way to think of it is as an investment that will add value to your home.

Like any good investment, it will add value to your home so that if someday you decide to sell, you can include the fact that you have an energy-efficient, well-cared for central air conditioner.

Homebuyers are looking for features that make their lives more convenient, and a central air conditioner is about as convenient as they come.

Contact Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical NJ if you are looking to install a central air system in your home or maintain the one you currently have now. 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 at 888-315-5564

Replacing Your Air Filters Is Essential

Air filters remove pollen, dust and other particles that would otherwise circulate indoors. Most filters are typically rectangular in shape and about 20 inches by 16 inches, and about 1 inch thick. They slide into the main ductwork near the inside fan unit. The filter should be periodically washed or replaced, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. A dirty air filter will not only degrade indoor air quality, but it will also strain the motor to work harder to move air through it, increasing energy costs and reducing energy efficiency. The filter should be replaced monthly during heavy use during the cooling seasons. You may need to change the filter more often if the air conditioner is in constant use, if building occupants have respiratory problems, if you have pets with fur, or if dusty conditions are present.

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 at 888-315-5564