Your Essential Labor Day HVAC Guidelines

1. Turn Down The Air Conditioning

You can conserve energy while you are gone this Labor Day simply by changing the temperature just a few degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even set it up so that you will still come home to a cool house. Unless you have animals in the house that could suffer from the heightened temperatures, invest in a programmable thermostat so that you can save money and energy while you’re away!

2. Change Your Filters

Whether you’ve got a programmable thermostat or not, chances are that you’ll at least keep your system running while you are gone to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality stays even. If your filters are clogged, it can cause your system to break down, meaning you could be coming home to an uncomfortable house. It really doesn’t take too much time to clean or replace your filters, and we feel that it will make all the difference in your energy bill as well as the comfort level of your home!

3. Burglary Protection

One thing that many homeowners need to be aware of when taking a vacation, is that thieves tend to target homes that look vacant, after all, they know it’s a vacation weekend! Your HVAC equipment is expensive, and an appealing item for any burglar intending to steal something of value. To avoid these vacationers worries, install a device that turns on lights at the same time every day so that your home doesn’t look empty and keep your blinds closed! You can take anti-theft measurements like motion light sensors, and outdoor HVAC unit cages for added protection. Since the copper in the system is valuable, protection is necessary!

We encourage you to enjoy your Labor Day weekend with relaxation! Take the proper precautions and prepare your home for your absence! Happy Labor Day weekend from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ! 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

Make Sure To React When You Experience Any Of These

 Slow drains around the house

A single slow drain is a nuisance, but you can often take care of it with a sink plunger. If that doesn’t work, arrange for drain cleaning with a Green Apple plumber. ( Don’t use “drain cleaning” chemicals from the store, since these can harm the pipes.) If drains are slow all around the house, you may have an emergency down in the sewer line or blocked sewer vents and these will become serious problems if you don’t have Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumbers locate and fix them.

 Hearing running water when nobody is using water

If you can hear water moving through the pipes in your house, and you’re certain that nobody has a tap open or is running an appliance like the dishwasher, it’s often a warning sign of a leak. A way to double-check this is to look at the water meter and write down the reading. Don’t use any water in the house for an hour, and then recheck the meter. If the reading has gone up, call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber for leak detection.

 A knocking sound in the pipes

This knocking noise is called water hammer, and it often means there’s too much pressure inside the plumbing or valves have come loose. This may eventually lead to leaks, so have a Green Apple plumber look at it right away.

 A drop in water pressure

A water pressure decline in the house often means something is wrong with the municipal water supply. We recommend checking with your neighbors to see if they’re having the same problem. But if it looks like it’s just your house, there may be trouble with your water line or a major leak elsewhere in the plumbing. Get a professional Green Apple plumber to help right away.

 A steep rise in water bills

Check your water bills so you have a good idea of the average number of gallons your household uses each month. If the cost of bills starts to rise, take a look at the usage. Is it higher than normal, but you cannot think of any reason for it? If so, you may have hidden leaks. Contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical as soon as possible. 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 plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Protect Your Home & Your Plumbing

We frequently talk about extending the life of HVAC with preventative care but what about your plumbing system? It’s not too often that we think about the complex infrastructure of pipes and drains that keep things in our homes going with the flow. However, just like we perform maintenance on heating and cooling systems, you need to be giving the same care and attention to your plumbing.

When it comes to your home plumbing maintenance is critical. Why? One of the most expensive home repairs you may face during the course of homeownership is plumbing-related. Take the time and make an effort to keep your plumbing in good shape. It’s a win-win you’ll see the water savings and prevent plumbing disasters.

The good news? You have Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical who are always here when you need us the most.

 

 Conquer drain clogs

Stubborn clogs are a hassle and damaging to pipes. Avoid chemical drain cleaning solutions in favor of a snake to clear a drain clog. Prevent future clogs by watching what goes down the drain. Follow the rule of only flushing waste and toilet paper down the toilet and always be mindful of the bathroom as well. Using sink stoppers and drain strainers is an easy and inexpensive way to catch food debris, hair, soap scum and everything else that wreaks havoc on our drains.

 

 Freezeout frozen pipes

Make sure you’re taking all precautions to prevent frozen pipes. This includes adding pipe insulation to the plumbing in your garage, basement, utility rooms, any cold areas of your house that get little to no heat from HVAC. During severe temperature lows open cabinets underneath sinks to expose them to heat. If you’re away on vacation, you can turn down your thermostat temperature, but don’t shut it off entirely.

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

Incredible HVAC Cleaning & Inspection Tips

Keep the Sun Out

Another excellent way to keep the air conditioner from needing to run as often is to block the sun during the hottest part of the day. During the hours when the sun shines in the most, blinds or drapes should be closed.

This way, the home’s interior temperature will not rise as much. Additionally, consider planting trees or installing awnings to diffuse some of the sunlight.

Get a Professional Inspection and Cleaning Done Annually

Before each cooling season, it is a great idea to get a regular maintenance check and cleaning done on the unit by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC professional. Service professionals usually inspect the control box; coils; fan motor and blades; and compressor and tubing; among other things. Additionally, refrigerant levels are inspected and adjusted if necessary, and the unit cleaned.

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’ve ever had your central air conditioner quit working on the hottest day of the year, you fully understand that preventative A/C maintenance is definitely preferable to repairing or replacing it due to neglect.

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

Hot Tricks To Keep Your Home Cool

Weatherize Your Home

Cool air can escape from several places in a home, such as electric outlets, under door cracks, single-pane windows and through poorly insulated walls. Schedule a home energy audit to learn how you can tighten the building envelop and keep your cool air inside.

Shut the Door

If there are rooms in your home that often remain unused, like a guest room, save energy by closing the vents in the room and shutting the door.

Stay Cool

When the sun enters through a window and heats a room, it can feel wonderful during the winter. In the summer, however, it can make your A/C work harder. When temperatures start to rise, keep your energy costs and heat gain low by shading your window with:

  • Awnings on the exterior of your home.
  • Trees a safe distance from your home. Trees will also help keep the ground around your home cooler.
  • Blinds or solar shade screens on the windows. Keep the blinds or shades on the southern and western windows closed during hot afternoons.
  • Blackout curtains. Like the blinds, keep the curtains closed on warm afternoons.

When installing a new central air conditioner, place it away from the dryer vent and on the north side of your home, in a shady spot. If your air conditioner is already in a sunny spot, purchase a cover to help block the sun’s heat.

Schedule Professional Maintenance Every Year

You should have a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC contractor look at the unit every year. When a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional services your air conditioner, they will make sure the various parts have sufficient lubrication and will make adjustments that will help increase the efficiency of your system. We will also let you know about minor problems that need attention before they become expensive repairs in the future. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. 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

Easy Way To Avoid Plumbing Trouble

Keep Your Sewer Lines or Septic Tank Clear

If you have municipal sewers, hire a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber to snake your main sewage cleanout every few years. This helps to remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes leading to messy sewage backups. If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out every three to five years.

Other Ways to Avoid Trouble

1. Learn where your home’s main water shut-off valve is so if there’s ever a leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.

2. Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in winter to prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing a flood.

3. Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house such as garages, basements, and crawl spaces to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water).

4. Never use an exposed pipe as a hanger rod for laundry. Doing so can loosen joints and fasteners.

5. Fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold.

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

Best Way To Protect You Air Conditioner Coils

Air Conditioner Coils

The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.

Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.

You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. 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 To Always Keep The Air Flowing

 CLEAR THE AREA FOR AIRFLOW

Clear out junk, heat traps, and airflow blockers from your heating and cooling unit.  This means that you need to make sure that there isn’t anything flammable near your furnace.  That furnace gets incredibly hot while it’s running, and dry cardboard, papers, and fabrics are all a fire risk if they’re too close.

On the other hand, you need to be sure that the area around your air conditioner’s condenser unit is always kept clear as well.  The condenser operates on airflow, with a fan drawing cooler air over the heated condenser fins.  If brush, trash, or other materials are in the way, air cannot be pulled over the fins to cool it, impeding your unit’s ability to cool your home (this is also why an iced-over air conditioner cannot cool your home).

 IMPROVE AIRFLOW

For forced air climate control systems (which most heating and cooling systems for modern homes are), the most important thing is regulating airflow.  When your system was installed, it was designed to heat or cool your home.  The power of your system should have been sized to match how large the rooms are and how far the air needs to move through the ducts to reach the individual rooms.

Closing off rooms and vents can actually impede airflow for your system by generating backpressure that your blower fan has to fight against.  Backpressure can force open seals, leading to heating or cooling losses in the ventilation ducting.  Open doors and vents leave all open to keep maximal airflow for the highest efficiency of your unit.

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

Prevent A Plumbing Disaster

Plumbing Maintenance

One way to prevent costly repairs to your home is a regular maintenance schedule. Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is a key to catching small problems before they grow. Hidden leaks in sink drains or below water heaters are more than just a nuisance; over time, they can cause structural damage. Water that seeps into sheetrock or plaster contributes to mold growth. Porous tile or wood flooring can discolor or warp when wet.

Professional Inspections

Inspections from a certified Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber give you a more in-depth look at your home’s pipes and drains. Your inspector will check the water heater, garbage disposal and every area of your home’s plumbing system.

After a thorough inspection, remove and clean aerators on faucets and showerheads. Sediment can build up and slow water flow. If you opt for professional plumbing maintenance, your Green Apple plumber will take care of this step and others for you. Some of the maintenance duties a licensed plumber can perform include:

  • Drain treatment to maximize the flow rate
  • Cleaning of garbage disposals and water heaters
  • Pressure tests to detect hairline leaks
  • Water pressure assessment and adjustment
  • 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. Call toll-free @888-315-5564

What To Look For If Your AC Is In Distress

Central Air In Distress

 Change your filter. Most people let them get too dirty, and this is one of the most common reasons for poor performance in air conditioners. An unclean filter adds resistance and reduces airflow. Go ahead and check it now. Don’t Wait.

 Improve airflow. In addition to the air filter, your AC may have other types of air flow problems. If the evaporator coil is dirty, not enough air moves across it and your home doesn’t cool off as well as it should. If the condenser coil is dirty, it won’t dump enough heat to the outside. If your condenser coil is crowded with vegetation or other obstacles, clear it out. You can trim the bushes yourself, but you should probably call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional to clean the coils.

 Look for disconnected ducts. If your ducts are outside of the conditioned space in your home, check to see if anything has come loose. Fixing a supply duct that’s sending all its cool air to the attic or crawl space can have an immediate impact on your comfort. This problem is more common than you may think.

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