Best Ways To Keep Your Plumbing Clean

 Do-It-Yourself

1. Bathroom sinks and tubs usually become clogged and slow for different reasons than kitchen sinks, so you have to deal with them in different ways. For cleaning bathroom drains, ordinary table salt can be a very effective ingredient in your toolbox. Pour at least one tablespoon of salt into your bathroom drain followed by 1⁄4 cup of plain white vinegar, and let it sit for an hour. Then, run HOT water to clear out the all of the loosened substances from the drain. For best results do this a second time.

2. Maintain Your Sinks

To keep your drain clear after you clean it out in this manner, from time to time pour a little bleach into the sink. Let it sit overnight or for at least an hour before you run water down the drain again.

3. Ditch the Grease

Grease build-up in your kitchen sink drain can be remedied with liquid dish detergent and a large volume of boiling water. Put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Squirt a generous amount of dish liquid (at least a tablespoon) directly into your drain and pour the boiling water into the drain, a little at a time. The rapidly boiling water will melt grease deposits while the detergent helps to dissolve grease and oil and allow the boiling water to flush it away. You may want to repeat this process two to three times if the grease build-up is substantial.
Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

How Often Should I Clean My HVAC System?

For your air conditioning to work efficiently, it must be able to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside effectively. A coating of dirt, dust and other debris on the A/C coils can prevent this, by insulating the coils from the surrounding air and reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer process. To minimize energy usage and reduce utility costs, the A/C coils should be cleaned at least once a year.

The Importance of Clean A/C Coils
It is estimated that dirty evaporator and condenser coils can increase the usage of energy by your air conditioning system by over 30 percent. Additionally, reduced heat transfer efficiency can cause other problems, such as poor cooling performance, frozen evaporator coils, and compressor overheating.
Green Apple 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 please feel free to call toll-free at 888-611-7191

3 Important Reasons Not To Use Liquid Drain Cleaners

1. The chemicals found in the cleaners can actually damage your pipes.

The hydrochloric acid and other acidic ingredients in the cleaner can “eat away” at your pipes as it sits in your drain. In fact, older pipes are more susceptible to this kind of erosion. Even if you think your safe with copper pipes, think again! Liquid drain cleaner can damage any pipe material over time.

2. The combination of chemicals in the liquid drain cleaners is bad for you.

Certain chemical combinations found in the cleaners are dangerous to inhale and can be harmful to your skin if you don’t wear gloves or take precautions. A recent health-related article states that the fumes from drain cleaners can sting and irritate your nose and eyes as well! In fact, the fumes can linger long after the chemical was used.

3. It could potentially be a temporary fix.

There are many reasons why a drain could clog. You could have a backed up sewer line, broken pipe, or even something that isn’t dissolvable lodged deep into your drain. Liquid drain cleaner won’t be able to clear or fix any of these issues, which is why it’s always best to call a Green Apple Mechanical professional.
Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

2 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Electric Bill With Central Air

Increase Shade Indoors and Outdoors

Shading your home and your central air unit lowers your electric bill by reducing how much and how hard the unit has to work. Plant shade trees near the condenser to keep it out of direct sunlight, as well as along the east and west of your property, keeping your house cooler naturally during the summer. Inside your home, use energy efficient blinds and window treatments — and keep these closed during the day to keep hot air out.

Reduce Use of Heat Generating Items

A lot of focus is placed on keeping the hot air from the outside from getting into your home; however, what you do inside the home can also increase the temperature, thus forcing the air conditioner to work harder. Over the summer, cook outside as much as possible and line or air-dry clothing to avoid using the oven and dryer, two of the biggest heat generators in a home. Replace the bulbs in your home with compact fluorescents, which generate less heat than incandescent bulbs, and always turn the lights off when you aren’t in the room or at home to limit the extra heat.
Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

3 Signs You Need To Call A Plumber

2. A Pipe Is Leaking A Little Bit
Leaky pipes are also annoyances that many people just accept, especially if the leak is small. After all, if the water leaking is small in its volume, it doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a cause for concern. However, any leaky pipe poses a big risk to the home. Not only are leaky pipes more prone to break or burst, but these little leaks can really drive up the cost of your water bill over time.
3. Your Family Is Just Used To Short Showers
Unless you knowingly purchased a very small or highly economical water heater, no single-family home should be a place where people have to race to be the first one to use the hot water. Any modern water heater should be able to adequately provide a family with a sufficient amount of water for everyone to use comfortably. If your hot water isn’t doing its job, call a Green Apple plumber. You might not need a new unit if the one you already have can be repaired.
5. Your Bathtub Takes A Long Time To Drain
If your bathtub or shower takes forever to drain, your instinct might be to clean out the top and pour some liquid drain clogging solutions inside. While this will occasionally work, most drains that have accumulated over time require professional intervention. A bathtub or shower should drain out almost instantaneously. If they don’t it might be time to call a Green Apple plumber.
We 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 us toll-free at 888-611-7191

Don’t Overlook These Two Tips For Your Central Air

Schedule Professional Maintenance Every Year

A central air conditioner is a big investment. Just as you take your car into the shop for a tune-up, you should have an HVAC contractor look at the unit every year. When a Green Apple professional services your air conditioner, we will make sure the various parts have sufficient lubrication and will make adjustments that will help increase the efficiency of your system. They will also let you know about minor problems that need attention before they become expensive repairs in the future.

Inspect Your Duct Work

A central air conditioner blows cool air through a series of ducts in your home. If one of the ducts has a leak, cool air will end up in parts of the house where it’s not needed, like inside the walls. Have a professional inspect your ductwork every three to five years. Follow the inspection with professional duct cleaning service to remove dust and debris in the ductwork that downgrades the quality of your indoor air. In some cases, a professional may recommend that you repair the ducts to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner.
Green Apple 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 call us toll-free at 888-611-7191

How Often Should My HVAC Filter Be Changed?

There’s no strict guideline, but if your filter shows only a subtle layer of dirt under which the filter’s material is still visible, your filter is in fine working order. Once it gets much beyond that point, it’s ready to be changed out. If there’s a visible coating of dirt covering most of your filter’s surface that is adequately thick to obscure the filter material itself, that’s a sign that your filter has been in your HVAC system far too long.

Every few weeks, take out your filter and give it a look! Is there a musty odor? Is the filter covered in dust? If in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of replacing your filter. They’re relatively inexpensive, and that small cost to keep your heating and cooling vents clear will be well worthwhile when your energy bill comes due. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed your filters, we can help you find the right fit.

Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

This Is How To Make Your Garbage Disposal Last

How to Extend The Life of Your Waste Disposal

There are some steps that you can take today to help stop your garbage disposal from failing prematurely. With proper care and maintenance, you may be able to help your food disposal last far beyond the average 12 years that most people can expect. In fact, you may be able to boost the life of your unit to 15 or even 20 years.
It’s a good idea to use a snake or other plumbing device specifically designed for garbage disposals every two years or so to clean out any food or debris that has collected in the unit. This helps to prevent buildup from reaching levels that could inhibit the operation of the internal blades and mechanisms.
Often, backups and drainage issues are caused not by the garbage disposal itself but by food and particles that get stuck further down the pipe. Before resorting to harsh chemicals to remove these types of blockages, consider plugging the drain hole and filling the sink with cold water. Pull the plug, and allow the pressure of the water to help remove the blockage.
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 call us toll-free at 888-611-7191
 

Two Very Important Reasons To Get Central Air

 1. It’s Safer

Having a window unit means your window is constantly open. This increases the risk that someone could break into your home, particularly if the window unit is at ground level.
A central air unit doesn’t interfere with any other part of your house, meaning that you can continue to lock up as usual without worrying about sacrificing safety for cool air.

2. It’s Easier to Operate

If you’ve ever tried to install and operate a window unit, you know that it is a pain. First of all, window AC units are extremely heavy. They can be 80 lbs or more, which makes it almost impossible to install by yourself.
Then you have to turn around in 4 or 5 months to uninstall it and find a place to store it.
A central air conditioner is ideal for installation and operation. Once it is installed, all you have to do is set your programmable thermostat and go about your business.
With the correct thermostat, you can set it for different temperatures at different times of the day, using your machine in the most efficient way. You’ll keep cool and hardly have to lift a finger, let alone 80 plus pounds.
Green Apple 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 us toll-free at 888-611-7191

Running Out Of Hot Water?

Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?
Depending  on the age and type of your water heater, there are a couple  of reasons  you don’t have enough hot water:

  • Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements, one on top and one on the bottom.   Either of these elements can stop working.  If the bottom element goes out, only the top portion of the water heater is being heated.  If the top element goes out, there will not be any hot water.
  • There is a reset button that could have been tripped causing the water heater to stop working.   If that reset button has tripped, that is an indicator that something is wrong.

If your water heater is running out of hot water quicker than normal, give us a call here at Green Apple Mechanical and we will get your hot water back fast! Green Apple 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 888-611-7191