Don’t Ignore Strange Sounds From Your Furnace

Strange Noises

We all know that HVAC systems make noise. If yours doesn’t, you probably have a brand-new model, or it’s hidden somewhere in your home where you can’t hear it. However, if you start hearing pops or squeaks, it may indicate that something has come loose in your unit and needs to be repaired or replaced.
Always try to pay attention to what’s going on with your furnace. Another way to take preventative care of your furnace is by scheduling an annual furnace inspection. Annual furnace inspections are recommended by HVAC professionals. Green Apple Mechanical are the experts 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 please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free.

Why You Should Never Ignore Even A Small Leak

Think you can ignore that small plumbing leak? You might put a bucket down under the sink and leave it be. Or, if the leak comes from the faucet, you might not worry too much about what to do next, since the “drip-drip” can be hidden by shutting the door.
However, the average home’s plumbing leaks account for about 10,000 gallons of water a year! That means higher bills and wasted natural resources, but it’s something you can avoid. Get your plumbing leaks repaired ASAP. You will save money in the long run. Water damage to your home can be extremely expensive if left unchecked.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191

The Top Ways To Care For Your Furnace

Every time you turn on the heating, all the air inside your home moves through the furnace system. As a result, the dust, germs and particles on the walls and floors of your home can enter the furnace system too. Those particles can build up, clogging pathways, tangling motors and overworking other sensitive parts. In turn, the furnace system works harder, using more energy and time to do the same amount of heating.
To help protect your furnace system:

  • Dust down vents and registers
  • Clean ceiling fan blades
  • Keep obstruction away from the furnace and vents
  • Wipe the outside of the furnace system

Some homeowners use the furnace closet as a supply closet. However, this can pollute your indoor air. Remove everything but the furnace from the closet.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

3 Major Furnace Warning Signs

1. How old is your furnace?

A good place to start is to compare your furnaces age to the national average. 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. Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow time to make your best decision. Most people prefer to replace their furnace as a planned home improvement rather than a panic replacement when your furnace is faltering or failed. For starters, look at your furnace to see if you have a pilot light. If you do, it is almost certain to be over 25 years old!

 

2. Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?

Rising gas and electric prices are not the only reason for high bills. Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result, your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This will cause your gas & electric bills to go up. The money you pay the gas & electric company every month could be used to pay for a new furnace.

 

3. Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?

Furnaces are like cars. As they age, you can replace one part only to have to replace another part next year. It doesn’t take long to spend $500 just to keep the old furnace running. Furnaces incur the most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives. Another repair sign is whether you had to wait to get parts replaced. As a furnace ages, it gets harder to get replacement parts. This waiting can really be cold on a below zero night.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

How To Stop A Plumbing Emergency

Know where to go when trouble happens. Should plumbing fail, will you know how to stop the flood? Locate the main shut-off valve for the home water supply. If it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby. There’s nothing like the frustration of a missing flashlight or a misplaced shut-off key when the water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe.
If you have a plumbing problem that you can’t control on your own then make sure you call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191 with any questions or concerns you may have. We are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area with professionalism and expertise for years. Customer service and care are always our number one priority.

Freezing Temp Plumbing Concerns

New Jersey will be experiencing some very frigid temperatures today so it’s best to take some precautions to protect your plumbing. Try not to turn the hot water on quickly when it’s very cold outside. If the pipes are beginning to freeze and you run very hot water through them they could crack, which would cause a leak and subsequent loss of water pressure. Let the water gradually go from cold to lukewarm and then hot to avoid any sudden temperature changes that could cause cracking.
Here at Green Apple, We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service is always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concern regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Top Five Most Common Furnace Problems

  1. Lack of maintenance: You fail to schedule annual furnace maintenance and inspections that could prevent unexpected problems and breakdowns. These routine inspections can help the appliance run more efficiently and reliably.
  2. Dirty filters: Dirty or clogged air filters reduce airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate. In some cases, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch, which controls the fan.
  3. Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems or even overheating.
  4. Electric ignition or pilot control problems: A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat a home or commercial space. Thermocouple problems, drafts or clogs in the appliance may result in an unlit pilot light.
  5. Malfunctioning thermostat: A faulty thermostat can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels.

No matter what problems you may be experiencing with your HVAC system or any of your plumbing problems make sure to call the professionals at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Why You Should Never Put Starchy Foods Down The Sink

Starchy Foods

Let’s pretend your sink is on a  diet and steer clear of giving it too many carbs — even if you’re lucky enough to have a garbage disposal. There are several foods that cause big problems in your drain when you put large quantities into the disposal.
“The worst offenders are pasta, potato peels, and rice. These starchy foods turn to goo inside your drain.” Drain those items through a sieve or colander and then dump the rest into the trash. Then, use a paper towel to clean out the remnants from the strainer before you wash it.
Try never to neglect any plumbing concerns you might be having. It’s always better to address these concerns right away before they can turn into something much more complicated and expensive. We are the professionals 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 concerns please feel free to call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

4 Hot Tips For Your Furnace

1.Check the cracks: Cold drafts coming in from doors and windows mean heat is also leaking out. In fact, industry estimates show that approximately 10% of a home’s heat loss occurs in these areas. Think about easy upgrades to conserve energy, such as weather stripping, caulking, and even heavy fabric drapes.
2.Test your carbon monoxide detectors: Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that is impossible to detect on your own. For your family’s safety, it is an absolute necessity to test your detectors and make sure they are working properly.
3.Clear the area around your furnace: Don’t turn your furnace area into a storage area! Remove objects from around the furnace and on top of or in front of air vents, especially those that are flammable. And certainly never store items such as lawn mowers, gas-powered tools, and paints anywhere near your furnace.
4.Get a tune-up! An annual tune-up on your furnace will ensure your system is in perfect working condition and operating at peak performance. Our qualified technicians will check and clean burners, check all safety controls, check all venting and terminations, check for loose or frayed wires, look for leaks or corrosion.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

This Is Why You Should Change Furnace’s Filter Monthly

Experts all recommend replacing your furnace filter at least once a month – Not only is changing your furnace filter important for home comfort, but it can be important for your safety as well. Dirty air filters are clogged with dust, and that dust circulates throughout your house. Clogged filters can lead to furnace performance issues, safety hazards, and can even cause your furnace to fail. Have you scheduled your annual furnace inspection yet? Here at Green Apple, we are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Call us toll-free with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs at 888-611-7191