Is Your Central Air Ready For A New Season?

Prep the AC Unit

Get your exterior air conditioning unit ready for summer by removing its cover and clearing any surrounding debris. Check for any weeds, leaves, or limbs around the unit. If there appears to be any damage, contact your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ technician to assess the situation.

Change the Air Filters

While you should already be changing your air filters every one to three months, opting for fresh ones when switching over to AC is a good rule of thumb. Your AC’s air filter is an essential component that makes or breaks your home’s indoor air quality. Just be sure to keep changing the filters as needed, especially if you have pets.

Clean the Vents

Along with changing the air filters, you should also vacuum or wash the vents throughout the home. Dirty vents can inhibit airflow or even blow dust back into the living space. If you’ve cleaned the vents and replaced the air filters but you still experience poor indoor air quality, you may need to have your ducts cleaned.

Check the Thermostat

Thermostat batteries do wear out, but they’re easy to forget. Remember to change your thermostat’s batteries at the start of the cooling season when switching over to AC. This helps you enjoy maintenance-free thermostat function for the rest of the year, which is one less thing to worry about.

Schedule Your Annual HVAC Service

The prime time to schedule your HVAC maintenance is between the heating and cooling seasons. Not only will your Green Apple HVAC technician ensure your air conditioner is prepped for summer, but they can also spot any issues before they become costly problems.

Get your central air ready for the cooling season. Call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191 to schedule your next tune-up. 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 Want A Trouble Free Toilet, Follow These Rules

  1. Teach your household to follow the basic rule of proper toilet bowl maintenance: “The only good paper is (regular-thickness) toilet paper.” Disposable diapers, wipes, paper towels, feminine products, and even ultra-thick, extra-strength TP can get in there and clog up your drains. Place a handy covered bin in the bathroom for disposal of these items.
  2. Don’t try to flush leftover food, either. Large, hard particles can get stuck, while grease and oils will tend to harden and contribute mightily to drain clog. Besides, all that unnecessary flushing will add up to many gallons of wasted water over time.
  3. Consider replacing any old-fashioned water hog toilets with the low-flow variety, to save even more H2O. If you’re still using a toilet manufactured prior to 1994, it may be quaffing as much as 7 gallons per flush. Compare that with today’s water-sparing models, at only 1.6 gallons per flush.
  4. Install a toilet lid lock if you have small children in your family. Besides its vital function of helping to keep your sweet babies safe, this handy device will prevent mischievous toddlers from conducting their own brand of science experiments.
  5. Equip your bathroom with a convenient plunger. Unlike the standard model made for use in flat bathroom or kitchen sinks, a dedicated toilet plunger is manufactured with a flange – picture a broad rubber lip — that seals to the curved shape of your toilet bowl outlet for the most effective plunging. If the toilet threatens to overflow, bail out some of the water with a bucket or similar container so you have room to plunge.
  6. 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

Be Pro-active With Installing Central Air

If you’re looking to beat the heat, it may seem logical to wait until the summer comes before you begin thinking about installing your central air unit. But if you’re familiar with the market, you know that’s the last time you want to be dealing with your HVAC needs. In the spring, there are fewer buyers in the market and that will work to your advantage in a couple of ways. Not only will you be able to find better deals, but you’ll also have more Green Apple professionals available at your disposal and as a result, better customer service and support. Summer, unfortunately, runs rampant with homeowners looking to purchase, repair or install new units and it’s easy to find yourself paying higher prices and experiencing longer wait times for your installation. With the increase in demand, it should be no surprise that prices increase, too. For this reason, alone, it’s a great idea to get a head start, make a deal and install your unit early.

It should also be noted that taking the seasonal temperature into consideration can help immensely. If your region is experiencing an unseasonably warm spring, for example, you can be sure the rush will start much earlier than you may anticipate. In this case, an early spring installation is ideal. 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

Safeguard Your Toilet Against These Hazards

Educate Your Family About the Toilet

The best way to avoid clogs is to make sure everyone knows what can and cannot go down the toilet bowl. Make a list of do-not-flush items including:

  • Feminine hygiene products—even if they say flushable, don’t flush them!
  • Paper towels
  • Toys of all sizes
  • Cotton balls
  • Ashtray debris
  • Cooking grease

If you have little children or pets who get curious about the toilet, consider installing a lid lock to keep them from flushing the wrong things down the bowl. Flushing things down the toilet that are not meant to be flushed can cause some very expensive problems and cause serious damage. Green Apple Plumbing and 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

Preventative Measures For Your HVAC

Spring is a great time to conduct preventive maintenance to help you reduce energy costs and avoid emergency calls during the warmer months. Here are the main HVAC maintenance tasks you shouldn’t skip:

  • Clean Floor Registers. Dust, pet dander, and other debris can collect in your floor registers. They can be cleaned using a vacuum, but during spring upkeep, you will want to do this thoroughly. To do so, remove the vents and wash them with soapy water. Use a sponge to clean off the dirt and dry the vent before reinstalling it.

  • Clean Air Vents. Just like your floor registers, your air vents are prone to dirt buildup. You can clean them by using a rag wrapped over a butter knife to wipe in between the tight areas. If there is loose debris, remove it with your vacuum.

  • Change Air Filters. To keep your home’s comfort and efficiency at optimum levels, it’s vital to replace your air filters every three months. Dirty and clogged filters can damage your HVAC system and increase your energy bills.

  • Remove Yard Waste. Twigs, leaves, and other garden refuse can infiltrate your exterior condenser unit, which can inhibit airflow. Have a Green Apple Mechanical expert remove debris if there is any, and trim the vegetation growing near the unit to avoid airflow issues.

These simple steps can go a long way in extending the service life of your HVAC system. For the best results, schedule a professional Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ maintenance visit as well. Your technician will be able to provide the necessary tune-ups that will prevent costly 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 at 888-315-5564

Seasonal Plumbing Tips You Need

One of the most common and perhaps most aggravating springtime plumbing issues is slower draining in sinks, showers, bathtubs, and floor drains. Slow draining can occur for numerous reasons.

In the spring specifically, sudden changes in fixture drainage may point to a root intrusion. If a large tree root has entered a drain line, water may have difficulty getting past the obstruction. In this case, you will likely notice slow water movement in most or all of your drains.

Drainage issues can also occur due to buildup within your pipes. Hosting guests, cooking holiday meals, and other winter activities can contribute to clogs that don’t seem to be a problem until spring. In this scenario, the slower draining may only appear in one fixture or one room, like a specific bathroom.

Because many obstructions occur out of sight and out of reach, it’s important to have a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber assess and remove the clog by using a power rodding machine with drain cable. Home remedies can damage your pipes and may fail to completely eliminate the obstruction.

If you notice any of these plumbing issues, call an expert from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ

Even if you haven’t noticed any signs of the springtime plumbing problems listed above, spring is a great time for a routine inspection. Consider scheduling an appointment to ensure that your plumbing is protected during the upcoming summer season.

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

Spring Into Cost-Effectiveness For Your Furnace

Cost-Effectiveness
Planning to have a replacement furnace installed is much more cost effective when compared to the alternative of emergency furnace repair or replacement. Spring is generally the best time to have an HVAC inspection performed anyway, so you’ll be able to effectively determine if this is the season for a new furnace or not during your twice-yearly inspection. Boilers typically last 10 to 15 years, so make sure you’re taking age into account during your inspection as well.

Tax Refunds
Many people plan on using tax refunds for new cars, but why not put it towards a new furnace? Not only is it a smart purchase, but it’s also something you’ll likely use for the next decade or more.

Buying a new furnace might seem like a burden, but in truth, spring is the best season to take on the project. Why wait to give your HVAC system an upgrade?

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

Don’t Let A Plumbing Anthill Turn Into A Mountain

It’s really easy to see why new homeowners do this. There’s so much to do when you first move. You have to unpack, learn where everything is, and get used to living in a new place. You might not even know enough about your new place to know if a problem exists! With so much going on, it’s really easy to ignore a dripping faucet, a running toilet, or a sink that clogs frequently.

Unfortunately, if you leave little problems alone, they tend not to stay little for long. A leaky faucet might not seem like that big a deal, but even a very minor drip can waste a lot of water. Leaks like these also seem to get worse over time. Clogged sinks might not be a problem, but they could also be the beginning of a partial or total pipe block. Running toilets may be at risk of overflowing, which could quickly damage your floor or walls.

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

Breathe Easy With These HVAC Tips

Heating and air conditioning systems offer improved comfort and air quality when they’re operating at peak efficiency. Without regular annual maintenance, your HVAC system has to work harder or stay on longer to keep your home at the same temperature. Regular maintenance can help your HVAC system save energy and last longer before replacement is necessary. To keep up that efficiency, you should have your HVAC system inspected by a Green Apple professional at least once per year.

Check your air filters once per month and change them at least every three months or as soon as they get dirty. Changing them regularly keeps dust and dirt from building up in your system and leading to expensive problems. Airborne pollutants will also stay in your home as your filter loses its effectiveness. You can even add an air filter monitor that measures air pressure differences in your HVAC system so you can tell exactly when to change your air filter. Some monitors can send a wireless reminder to your smartphone or tablet when it’s time to change your filter.

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

Small Clues That Could Lead To Big Problems

Gurgling noises from your water-using appliances

A gurgling noise coming from your toilet, shower or any other water-using appliance may be your system trying to ‘find air’ in a clog. This can potentially cause a system backup. In addition to gurgling – these appliances may drain very slowly, signaling a blockage somewhere in its pipes.

Stubborn clogged drains

Appliances or facilities with continuously clogged drains despite your best efforts signal a much larger problem at hand. Most homeowners repeatedly attempt to fix this issue themselves, inadvertently putting more stress on pipes and making the problem worse.

Harsh cleaners like Drano can eat away at the inside of your plumbing system and make the piping brittle. When attempting to fix a clogged drain, the best thing to do is boil some hot water and pour it into the source to clear the clog. If the drain is still plugged, leave the job to a professional.

Very low water pressure

Prolonged low water pressure in any water-using appliance in your home could signal a broken or cracked pipe. To investigate the source of the issue, Call a certified Green Apple Mechanical technician. Another hint to the source of the problem is the color of the water coming out of the affected faucets. Any brownish discoloration of the water indicates a water line break.

Sewage / Sulfur Odor

A sulfur or sewage odor is typically an indication of dried up debris in specific drains; however, this issue may also point to a broken vent or sewer pipe. In addition to odor, be on the lookout for sewer flies, backed up drains and malfunctioning toilets. A sewer line backup needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. If you don’t have the issue repaired in time, it can cause a backup of raw sewage, which can cause serious damage to your home.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564