Keeping Your Furnace Free From Obstacles

 Make sure all household vents are free

In order for your heating system to work properly, the air in your house must circulate completely throughout the system. That means your furnace should be fully operational. It also means your vents are clear and working properly. Are all vents in your home open, adjusted to allow air to flow freely, and free of furniture, boxes, or other household items blocking the path? Closing a vent down or blocking it can cause the furnace to work hard and less efficiently, eventually damaging it before its time.

 For gas furnaces, verify the exhaust flue to the outside is clear

There are three main reasons an exhaust flue needs regular attention: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. These three components can be found in the fumes from your furnace, especially if it hasn’t been serviced in awhile. If the exhaust flue is blocked and isn’t allowing air to freely move from inside the system to the outside of your home, problems occur quickly. And they can cause very nasty health effects:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death

Combustion gasses might not be drafting safely up your flue because of blockage or back-drafting. If you suspect a problem, call immediately and have it checked out.

Remove all flammable objects from around your furnace

Your furnace is usually located in a separate area of your home the basement, a crawl space, a storage room. However, your furnace isn’t designed to operate with storage containers built around it. Anything flammable, clothes, paint, aerosols, gasoline, boxes, and other household items should never be placed in the general vicinity of your furnace or water heater.

 Clean your heating systems vents and ductwork

As with all systems, your entire heating and cooling system needs to be cleaned and regularly maintained to ensure it’s in good operating condition. Take a quick walk around at the start of each season. Are all vents accessible? Are floor registers free of debris, pet hair, dust and scraps of paper? Anything inside the vents can move down into the ductwork and reduce efficiency. Remove floor registers and use a vacuum to clean up any messes that occur near them. You can also consider having your ductwork cleaned, especially if you have made significant renovations to your home, or it’s been several years since they were cleaned.

Maintaining your furnace doesn’t take too much time or effort to keep it in perfect working condition. A little common sense and a small amount of TLC each year can keep a lot of the issues at bay. If you have a question, we are here to help. Just give us a call. 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

8 Major Plumbing Problems You Need To Be Ready For

Plumbing Problems can be an inevitable part of owning a home. While some problems come with aging fixtures or normal wear and tear on plumbing equipment, others may be caused by how certain systems are used and maintained.

At Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ, we’ve seen and fixed all types of plumbing problems big and small alike! Here’s a look at some of the most common issues our expert plumbers handle and what usually causes them.

If you’re dealing with any plumbing problem at your New Jersey home and you need help now, don’t hesitate to call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ for same-day service.

 

1. DRIPPING FAUCETS

Dripping faucets are annoying, wasteful, and costly. Sometimes, these drips can be caused by a worn-out washer or O ring, which can easily be replaced. In other cases, corrosion or even improper faucet installation can be the problem causing the drip.

If your faucet is dripping:

  • Drips are expensive and are definitely costing you.
  • Let our expert plumbers diagnose the problem if a simple washer or O ring replacement doesn’t fix your drip!

2. LEAKY PIPES

Leaky pipes can be caused by all sorts of problems, including:

  • Stubborn clogs
  • Incorrect pipe laying
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Pipe joint damage
  • Cracked seals or cracked pipes
  • Excessive water pressure

No matter what’s causing leaky pipes, this common plumbing problem needs to be fixed fast! The longer leaky pipes are ignored, the more damage they can cause both to your plumbing system and to your home itself!

3. RUNNING TOILETS

Did you know that a running toilet bowl can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! In most cases, the issues that cause running toilets include:

  • Refill tube problems
  • Worn out flapper seals or flush valves
  • Improperly sized flapper chains
  • Corroded toilet handles

4. LOW WATER PRESSURE

Weak water pressure can make it challenging to use pretty much any plumbing system in your home! Often, low water pressure is a symptom of bigger plumbing problems, like:

  • Pipe corrosion
  • Hidden water leaks in your home
  • Drain or sewer clogs
  • Cracked or blocked sewer lines

5. LEAKING HOSE BIBB

A leaking hose bibb is very common. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibbs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bibb, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks.

6. SLOW OR CLOGGED DRAINS

Drainage problems can cause health hazards and even plumbing disasters if they’re not addressed quickly! In general:

  • One slow or clogged drain in a home usually means that a problem is localized to that area of the home. Commonly, these drain clogs happen because hair, soap, and other foreign objects have simply built up in a drain over time. Routine drain cleaning can be the ideal solution for addressing this issue!
  • Multiple slow or clogged drains are a red flag that you may be dealing with sewer line problems To prevent a sewer backup in your home, it’s crucial you call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ whenever you notice multiple slow drains in your home especially if the problem starts with the drains in the lowest areas of your home!

7. SUMP PUMP FAILURE

Sump pump problems can be related to a problem with the unit or an external issue. Usually, the causes of sump pump failures include:

  • Stuck switches
  • An overwhelming amount of water, like after heavy rain
  • Clogged discharge pipes
  • Improper sump pump installation
  • Aging, with sump pumps around 10 years old being prone to failure

8. WATER HEATER PROBLEMS

Hot water is a necessity in any home. So, when water heaters can’t provide enough or any hot water, homeowners can be dealing with a plumbing crisis! Usually, water heater problems are caused by issues like:

  • Heating element failures
  • Corrosion or sediment buildup in systems
  • Loose or broken electrical connections
  • Improper water heater installation
  • The wrong size or type of system to support a home’s needs

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HAS ALL OF YOUR PLUMBING REPAIR NEEDS COVERED

Whether or not you’re dealing with a common plumbing problem, the trusted plumbers at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical can help! We have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and repair any plumbing problem. Plus, we offer same day and emergency service. 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

A Little Maintenance Goes A long Way

Dirt is one of your furnace’s biggest enemies. A dirty furnace can not only cause unexpected breakdowns of your heating system, but it can also have a direct effect on the health and energy consumption of your home. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the top reasons you should keep your furnace clean and the two best ways you can go about doing it.

  • Better air quality. If dirt is making its way to your furnace, there’s a good chance it’s also getting into your home’s airflow. Dirt particles and other airborne contaminants can make you sick and aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies. By taking steps to keep your furnace clean, you’ll also improve the quality of air that you and your family breathe.
  • Improved efficiency. If you don’t keep your furnace clean, dirt can build up on different components of your heating system and reduce its efficiency. A  dirty air filter, for example, will restrict your furnace’s airflow and cause your blower motor to work harder than normal to compensate. When dirt builds up on your blower’s blades, it can weigh them down and reduce their efficiency. In either scenario, your furnace will have to work harder and consume more energy, which will cause your heating bills to rise. Keeping your furnace clean will avoid these problems and allow your heating system to operate efficiently.
  • A safer home. When your heating system has restricted airflow due to dirt buildup (as described in the point above), your furnace will overheat and put extra stress on your heat exchanger. That extra stress can cause your heat exchanger to crack and allow carbon monoxide to get into your home’s air. Keeping your furnace clean will help avoid this dangerous problem.
  • Less unexpected repairs. Lack of cleaning is one of the top reasons a furnace unexpectedly breaks down. Often times, these breakdowns lead to expensive repairs that could have been avoided if the furnace was cleaned properly. Some of these problems can also take years off of the operating life of your heating system.

Best Way To Keep Your Furnace Clean

The two best things you can do to keep your furnace clean are keep up with your filter changes and have your furnace tuned- up once a year. By keeping up with your filter changes, you can prevent dirt from building up on your furnace, improve indoor air quality and prevent airflow issues. During an annual tune-up, your furnace will be completely cleaned and prepared to run safely and efficiently for the heating season to come. 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

Outdoor Winter Protection For Your Pipes

Outdoor Protection

Some homes have quite a bit of ancillary household plumbing that’s outside, and this is even more vulnerable to freezing. In some cases, freezing in exterior plumbing can affect indoor pipes. Here are some examples.

  • Garden hoses left outdoors may still be filled with water from the most recent use. Garden hoses with nozzles or other terminators at one end and connected to open faucets are particularly hazardous to your plumbing, as water pressure created by ice formation in the hose may back into the home’s water supply and damage pipes. Disconnect garden hoses, and drain them during freezing weather.
  • If your outdoor faucets have indoor shut-off valves in the basement, crawl space, or elsewhere, turn off the water to the faucet during freezing conditions, and open the outdoor faucet to drain residual water out of the line.
  • Check the owner’s manual for your home sprinkler system, and follow the procedures to winter-proof the sprinkler pipes and protect them from freeze damage.
  • If you have a sump pump in your basement to prevent flooding, keep an eye on the sump pump outlet pipe, usually somewhere behind the house. Make sure the outlet is not blocked by fallen snow or an iced-over puddle. If the pump should activate when the outlet is blocked, water flow may reverse into the basement.
  • Other outdoor water lines that may freeze include pipes leading to a swimming pool, fountain, or garden pond. The general plumbing maintenance rule is to shut off water to these uses at the source, then drain the lines.

If Worst Comes to Worst

If your pipes freeze despite proper plumbing maintenance measures, you need immediate professional help from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. Don’t wait for the pipes to thaw so you can verify the damage. Pipe ruptures may occur someplace distant from the actual site of ice formation and may be concealed within inaccessible spaces. Water damage can be extensive before you are able to locate and evaluate the problem. During freeze conditions, be alert to any unexplained decline in water pressure or complete cessation of water at any faucet or other outlets. These are red flags that should not be ignored. Turn off household water at the main supply valve, and contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ immediately. 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

The 3 Ways To Prevent Furnace Failure

It’s cool to pay attention to your furnace while it’s still only cool outside.

Prevention is really the best policy and knowing the signs of a furnace about to go on the fritz will prevent your family from experiencing an uncomfortable surprise this winter.

However, if you haven’t maintained your furnace and the temperature is dropping, it’s not too late to ask for some professional help from Green Apple.

Regular maintenance visits from your oil company will preserve your investment, prevent furnace failure, and keep your family warm for many winter seasons to come.

This article describes three ways to prevent furnace failure in your home.

 

1. Prevention, Extend the Lifespan of your Furnace

The worst time for your furnace to malfunction is in the middle of this coming winter’s first snowstorm.

Prevention, prevention, prevention!

Last year’s heavy snows should have lodged in your memory prompting you to arrange for heater maintenance and cleaning of your heating system.

The hidden cost of neglect

Your neglected furnace will have been silently paying you back by steadily collecting debris, dust, and dead insects.

Over time, grime from the air filter can migrate to the blower motor causing it to overheat and burn out the fuse. When the fuse itself becomes encrusted with soot and debris, the connection will break, causing the fuse to fail.

Dealing with an old furnace

If your furnace is aging, and particularly if it’s more than fifteen years old, it’s time to consider replacing it before it begins to turn into a fossil.

 

2. Know the Signs of a Failing Furnace

So, the cold season has arrived, and your furnace is busy trying to keep frigid nights from invading your home.

If your furnace is trying to tell you that it’s in need of repairs, ignoring the following warning signs could deliver a cold and expensive surprise to you and your family.

Some rooms are hotter than others

If you are sweating in one room and freezing in another, this is a sign that warm air is not being distributed efficiently.

You are hearing popping, rattling, groaning, whining, or banging

If your furnace is providing you with a symphony of odd noises, this is your furnace’s cry for help!

The only acceptable sound from your furnace is that of the blower turning on and off.

However, if the blower is doing this constantly, your furnace is not running efficiently. If you constantly have to press “reset,” this also is not a good sign.

You are experiencing rising energy bills

If you have complained about saving money on heating with rising utility bills but have laid the blame on the price of energy. However, the increased expense may be because your furnace is having to work harder to provide the same amount of heat.

Your burner flame is yellow

This is not a matter of aesthetics it should be blue. If it’s yellow, this is a sign that your furnace may be leaking carbon monoxide. Other omens include sooty streaks around the furnace, moisture on cold surfaces such as walls or windows, and rust on the flue pipes.

Your family has increased health problems

Members of your family have seen a rise in breathing-related health issues such as allergies and asthma. A poorly functioning heating system may be putting mold, dust, and other irritants into the air circulating through your house.

 

3. Keep Your Vents and Pipes Clear of Snow for Oil Deliveries

A weekend storm has dumped more than a foot of snow on your property, and your kids are in a high state of excitement. However, before joining them in a snowball fight, it’s more important to keep their safety in mind.

Blocked vents and pipes can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide inside your home.

So, pull on your high boots, put on your down jacket, grab your shovel, and get out there to clear snowdrifts and ice away from your furnace intake and exhaust pipes. Make sure that all vents coming out of your house are clear.

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

Your Essential Garbage Disposal Checklist

8 Signs of a Failing Garbage Disposal

A functioning garbage disposal helps keep your sink and pipes clean. But when problems arise with your disposal, the issues could impact the way you cook, wash up or keep your kitchen clean.

While some garbage disposal problems respond to repairs, others require a full replacement. In this blog, we list eight indicators that you need a new garbage disposal.

  1. Abnormal Noises

If you’ve ever had a piece of silverware slip into your garbage disposal unnoticed, you know just how loud disposals can be. When a new noise occurs, especially any metal-sounding noise, use your hand and a light to check for an obvious source like a lost spoon.

If there doesn’t seem to be anything blocking the blades, the disposal components may be misaligned so that they grind together when you run the appliance. In most cases, a quick adjustment can resolve the problem. It’s important to address new disposal noises as soon as possible because obstructions damage the motor.

  1. Frequent Resets

The reset button on your garbage disposal is intended to help the appliance recover from unusual situations, like large loads or clogs. But if your garbage disposal is in good shape, you shouldn’t need to use the reset button very often.

If you have to reset the disposal frequently, or even every time you switch it on, your garbage disposal may be aging out. Another common cause of frequent resets is loose wiring which you will need a Green Apple plumber or electrician to resolve safely.

  1. Inexplicable Clogs

You know that you should wash food particles down the drain in small amounts to avoid clogging the garbage disposal. But if you start to notice that no matter how small your loads are they always seem to jam the appliance, the problem may not be with your cleaning habits.

In some cases, clogs can indicate that you simply need a higher-capacity model. In other situations, these clogs may indicate a malfunction in the device.

  1. No Power

If your garbage disposal refuses to turn on or tends to shut off by itself while in use, check to see if the connected circuit has blown. If your electrical system seems to be working normally, schedule a garbage disposal inspection as soon as possible.

Generally, these unexplained power issues indicate a failing motor. The motor may be on its last legs or may have blown out entirely.

  1. Persistent Odors

Garbage disposal odors can be unpleasant since they usually stem from the breakdown of wet food. However, most of these smells should respond to gentle and thorough rinsing or cleaning.

If nothing seems to help eliminate the odor, you may need professional help. Your Green Apple plumber can take the appliance apart to find and remove any trapped particles that could be causing the issue.

It’s important to note that you should not resort to chemical cleaners when working with your disposal. Not only are most drain cleaners too hard for your plumbing, but all of these solvents can also damage disposal blades and components.

  1. Planned Renovation

While your disposal may not be strictly failing by the time you decide to remodel your kitchen or replace your sink, you should consider replacing this appliance during a renovation. An old disposal may not often the functionality you expect from a brand new kitchen.

If you should especially consider replacing your disposal if it’s been at least a decade since your last renovation or garbage disposal installation project. Most disposals have a life expectancy of about 10 years, after which they may start clogging more often.

  1. Poor Performance

Most loads should run through your disposal quickly. If it seems to take an excessive amount of time for your garbage disposal to break down food particles, the blades may need to be sharpened or replaced.

In some cases, extensive blade deterioration may actually require replacement of the entire unit so be sure to have a Green Apple professional assess the condition of the appliance.

  1. Water Leaks

Over time, water may seep through some of the areas where your disposal connects to the rest of your plumbing system. Often, by the time a disposal becomes large enough to be noticeable, it will require full appliance replacement.

These leaks may leave puddles under your sink, pool on the floor by your cabinet, or drip from under the garbage disposal itself. It’s easy to mistake a dishwasher or sink leak for a disposal leak so have a plumber find the cause of any leak that seems like it could be coming from your disposal.

If you notice any combination of the signs listed above, contact your trusted Green Apple Mechanical plumber for a garbage disposal assessment.

When you need help with a problem disposal, trust Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. We can provide the services you need as well as recommendations for caring for your garbage disposal to prolong its function for the future. Green Apple 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 of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free 888-315-5564

The Best Ways To Keep Your Furnace Happy

Spring isn’t here just yet, which means your furnace is working hard to keep your home warm. Soon, though, temperatures will start to rise. But that doesn’t mean your furnace gets the summer off. Your furnace works every day of the year. During winter, it warms and circulates the air. During summer, it still has the important task of circulating cooled air. Help keep it running at its peak with these helpful tips.


Regular Filter Changes

Have you ever tried drinking a milkshake through a straw? It’s not so easy, is it? That’s the same effect a clogged air filter can have on your home heating and air-conditioning system. And the harder your furnace has to work to pull the air through, the more it will cost you in energy. And lost comfort.

If your furnace uses disposable filters, a good rule of thumb is to change them every 1-3 months unless you have an annual filter. Homes in dusty or dry climates should change their filters more frequently to preserve furnace performance and air quality.

Regular system checkups by a professional.

If you don’t perform regular maintenance on your car, eventually it will break down. Your furnace is the same way. Regular inspection by a trained Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical technician will make sure your furnace runs at its best. This has several benefits:

  • It costs less energy to heat and cool your home
  • Small problems are detected early before they turn into big problems
  • Your home stays more comfortable

Keep your intake pipe clear

Modern condensing furnaces operate with higher energy efficiency, generating more heat with less fuel. However, in order to do so, they require an external intake pipe for their air supply. If this pipe becomes clogged or blocked, that will not only affect your furnace’s efficiency, it can also cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.

If you have a high-efficiency furnace, look for the intake and exhaust pipes on the exterior of your home. Make sure they’re free of ice, snow, and other obstructions like bird nests or insects. If you cannot easily check the status of your pipe, contact a qualified Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ technician to do it for you.

Use a programmable thermostat

Thermostats help you keep a tighter hold on your energy savings by matching the heating and cooling output of your system to the demands of your home. In other words, when nobody is at home during the day, the system will run less often because there’s nobody there to appreciate the comfort.

Reduce use even when you’re home.

Programmable thermostats can be used to save energy and make your furnace work less hard even when the home is occupied. When outside air is very cold, your furnace has to work harder to keep inside air warm. By lowering your thermostat’s set temperature at night, you can reduce the load on your furnace. And since everyone’s asleep, the temperature difference won’t be felt as much.

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

Everything You Thought About Plumbing Was Wrong

Water Heaters
Many people believe that if their water heater kicks on and there is loud rumbling noise that it is going to explode. This isn’t actually the truth, as this noise is just a result of sediment that has collected in the tank. It is made up of loose materials, but mostly calcium, from the hard water inside. It then sinks to the bottom of the tank where it is heated up, and the sediment prevents the heat from rising properly, therefore making bubbles that cause a popping sound. When there is sediment collected in the bottom of your tank, it’s a waste of gas and it makes your water heater inefficient. If your current water heater is more than 15 years old, you may want to consider purchasing a new one. If this is happening and your water heater is newer, you can just drain and flush it on a regular basis to get rid of the sediment.

Leaky Faucets
“Oh, it only drips every once in a while, I’m not going to get it fixed!” This is the outlook that many homeowners have, but unfortunately, a leaking drain can cause large scale plumbing disasters if gone untreated. This is also not good for the environment either. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of wasted water a year. A leaking faucet will lead to a higher water bill, and it can cause larger issues. If a drip continues for a while, it can begin to stain the plumbing fixtures, meaning you will spend more money on repairs or replacements.

Toilets
There is a common myth that putting a brick in the back of your toilet tank will help save on your water bill. The truth is that bricks will begin to deteriorate over time, and can cause items in the tank to break. Also, the reason for doing it can also backfire and you can end up displacing too much water.
Another common myth associated with toilet systems is that if you use wipes that are labeled as “flushable” then you can still put them down the toilet. While you can do this, any plumber would advise you not to. They don’t biodegrade like toilet paper and are beginning to cause many plumbing problems.

One last myth about a toilet system is that toilet bowl tablets containing bleach will keep the toilet clean for a long period of time. While bleach can clean a toilet bowl, it shouldn’t be kept in the system for too long. The bleach can begin to destroy the parts of your toilet within six months. Bleach in the toilet bowl is fine, but don’t let it hang around in the tank for more than 10 minutes. Make sure that you flush it through to prevent any kind of preventable damage.
Garbage Disposals
Some people believe that putting a lemon peel down the disposal will make it smell nicer. While this is true, it isn’t exactly the right solution to odor control unless you know that your disposal can handle cutting through the peel. If your disposal is older, you may want to skip out on the lemon peel and reach for a bottle of vinegar instead. Vinegar will freshen up your garbage disposal, and it is liquid, so no damage will be done to the blades in the process.

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

The Dangers Of Not Replacing Your Furnace Filters

Furnaces are very important, especially for those who live in very cold areas. Changing the filter in the furnace is critical for the appliance to work efficiently. Not replacing the furnace filter can cause a lot of problems. Here are some reasons why changing out the filter regularly is so important.

Efficient Heating

High energy bills can be caused by a dirty filter. Furnace filters filter the air that enters the appliance. These filters prevent particles, dust, allergens, and other items from entering the furnace and damaging it, and then from being circulated into the air in the home. Replacing the filter regularly can help furnaces run more efficiently. This is because when the filter is full or clogged with debris, the furnace has to work harder to pull air into the system. The increased force causes an increase in energy used by the furnace to work properly, and still produce the wanted heat. Replacing the filter at least once a year is recommended, but most professionals suggest changing it even more often than that. For help with changing a furnace filter, make sure to contact a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional.

Air Quality

One of the most dangerous consequences of not changing an air filter is the polluted air that is allowed to circulate in the home. Dirty filters not only obstruct the amount of air that is able to flow into the furnace, but they also allow the particles, allergens, dust, and other items, to be released into the furnace and then circulated with the heated air. Therefore, an old filter greatly reduces the amount of clean air in a home. A clean filter is very important for those who struggle with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems. Those who live in highly polluted cities may also find themselves struggling with some respiratory problems if they haven’t changed their filter recently.

Operating Problems

Along with bad air quality, there are some dangerous operating problems that can be the result of not changing the furnace filter. One of the biggest of these problems includes the possibility of the furnace overheating. This is usually caused by the furnace having to work extra hard to pull air in through the obstructed filter, and then overheating from the exertion. Any overheated appliance runs the risk of starting a fire or causing major problems, but furnaces are especially prone to some of these issues. Other problems can include appliance malfunction, inefficiency, and even complete failure. Making sure the filter is changed regularly in the furnace can help keep homes and loved ones safe.

Not changing the furnace filter can be dangerous. Furnaces are very important, but if they aren’t maintained correctly they can become hazardous, and this can certainly be the case if the filter inside is old. Keeping the furnace filter clean can change how efficient the furnace is, and even lower utility bills. It can also prevent operating problems, which can lead to fires or other serious issues. A clean filter can filter air better, and prevent the circulation of dirt, allergens, or dust in the home. Making sure the furnace filter is changed regularly can prevent danger and the exacerbation of health problems.

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 Tell If Your Furnace Is Dying

  1. How old is your furnace?

The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping. Don’t wait for an emergency never a time to make your most informed decision. It’s wiser to replace a furnace as a planned home improvement rather than as a panic replacement when your furnace conks out in the middle of winter. By the way, if your furnace has a pilot light, it is almost certainly 25 years or older.

 

  1. Are your utility bills rising?

Furnaces often lose efficiency as they age, especially if they have not been properly maintained. Your utility bills rise because your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat.

 

  1. Have you been repairing the furnace lately?

It doesn’t take long to spend a significant amount of money just to keep the old furnace running. Another downside to an older furnace: As it ages, replacement parts get harder to find. While you’re waiting for parts, your house could be getting more and more uncomfortable.

 

  1. Are you comfortable?

Are some rooms are too cold while others are too hot? Are you constantly adjusting the thermostat to get a good supply of heat? Your furnace may have lost its ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable.

 

  1. Is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?

A yellow or flickering flame may be a sign that the furnace is creating poisonous carbon. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide:

  • Streaks of soot around the furnace;
  • Absence of an upward draft in your chimney;
  • Excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces;
  • Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks;
  • A small amount of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe;
  • Rust can be seen on the vent pipe from the outside.

 

  1. Does your furnace make strange noises?

Aging furnaces often make some strange noises toward the end of their life banging, popping, rattling, or squealing. Or you may you hear the furnace blower running excessively, turning off and on frequently, or blowing cold air sometimes. These may mean your furnace needs to be replaced.

 

  1. How do you and your family feel?

As furnaces age, they can develop cracks in the heat exchanger. Carbon monoxide, if present, could leak into your home undetected. Signs may be frequent headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation, flu-like symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, air out your house, open a window to the furnace room and immediately call a gas service technician.

  1. Is your house dry or dusty?

Old furnaces often fail to moisturize and clean the air in your home. Your house air may feel stuffy or stale, or your family may suffer from allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, viruses or dander, dry nose, dry throat, or dry skin. Other signs may be frequent dust accumulation, static shocks, drooping plants, furniture cracking and musical instruments that don’t stay in tune. Your old furnace may not be able to provide you with the comfort you and your family may want.

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