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.”.

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How To Check For Hidden Leaks

How To Check for Hidden Leaks

Hidden leaks damage important infrastructure in your homes like wooden beams, drywall, carpet and sometimes pipes and other plumbing accessories. You can test your system to see if it’s using any excess water by checking your meter. You don’t have to wait until you think there is a problem. Regular checks can help you spot problems early.

First, make sure all indoor and outdoor spigots are turned off tightly. Pick a time when you will not need the water for at least 10 minutes or longer if possible this includes any automatic appliances such as ice makers or water softeners and purifiers. Look at the numbers on your water meter and write them down. Then wait the time you’ve allotted and look at the numbers again when you return. If they are the same, your system is tight. If the numbers are higher, you likely have a leak you can’t see. Sometimes the leak can be as simple as a toilet running that you haven’t noticed yet, or as complicated as a small burst in a buried pipe.

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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.

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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.

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Too Much Noise & Dust From Your Central AC?

Excessive noise and dust

The constant presence of dust in your home even after cleaning is a good indication that there are leaks in the ductwork. Those leaks will compromise the efficiency of your air conditioning system, and that will increase the operating cost. If your air conditioner is excessively noisy, there is a good possibility that your duct system isn’t large enough for the square footage of your home. It’s also possible that you have a problem with the unit’s indoor coil. You might need to have it inspected by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional technician.

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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.

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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.

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Be Sure To Double Check Your Plumbing For These

  • Check for leaks – Inspect all faucets and visible pipes. This can include in the basement, below sinks or any other exposed areas. A leak can not only raise your bill quickly, but it could also lead to potential water damage, mold, and mildew.
  • Consider drain cleaning – Make drain cleaning a part of regular spring maintenance. This is a good time to check for clogs or buildup, which can lead to plumbing problems and also begin to smell.
  • Drain your water heater – It can be helpful to drain a few gallons — or the entire tank — of water from your water heater annually. Sediment can begin to build up in the base of the water heater, which can not only find its way into your water supply but also impact energy efficiency.
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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.

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Why Not To Ignore Your Ductwork & Outside Compressor

Pay Attention to the Duct Work

Even the ductwork in new homes can be dirty, as construction debris and dust naturally collects inside them. If rodents have visited your home, then your ducts may also have a coating of droppings and nesting materials inside them. When the air turns on, fine particulates drift into the home and lower your indoor air quality. They also drift back through your air conditioner system on the return air side and start to hamper air flow. Have the ducts professionally cleaned to improve indoor air quality and make your system more energy efficient.

Clean the Outside Compressor

One of the most important central air efficiency tips is to keep your compressor and condenser coils clean. However, the coils can get dirty, which means they will struggle to absorb heat effectively. You can clean the evaporator and condenser coils with a garden hose, but be careful to not get any electrical connections wet. When cleaning coils, inspect the fins as they are delicate and bend easily. If you notice any bent fins, simply straighten them out using a fin comb. In addition, you should remove any grass, weeds or old leaves from the winter that accumulate near your air conditioner, and avoid landscaping within two feet of the unit. Items should not be stored near the exterior compressor, because anything blocking air flow makes the system less energy efficient.

Save Up to Buy a New Air Conditioner

If you are wondering how to make your air conditioning more efficient while you drag along an elderly unit that is decades old, it’s nearly certain that the most effective way to bring your cooling bills down is to invest in a new air conditioner altogether. Look for a unit that bears the Energy Star label so you know that you’re purchasing one of the most efficient models on the market. It’s a large amount of cash to shell out in one go, but you’ll thank yourself later with the savings you experience over time, not to mention all the future breakdowns and repairs that you avoid.

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