What To Do When A Plunger Doesn’t Cut It
A plunger works by plugging a clog free with suction. Plungers are a fantastic tool, but it won’t work on every clog. If a clog is caused by something sturdy and stubborn like a tree root, you need a solution that is more powerful.
Usually, if a plunger doesn’t work, you can use a plumbing snake. If that doesn’t work, then you can try hydro jetting, which targets high-pressure water spray to break up and flush out clogs.
If none of these solutions work then be sure to call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191. We are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority.
How Often Does My Furnace Filter Need To Be Changed?
If you were to poll a group of HVAC professionals about the proper frequency for your system’s filter replacement, they would testify that it hinges on an array of factors like the number of people in the home, whether pets are present, the type of air filter, the home’s air quality etc.
Though you don’t have to change your furnace filter every single month, it should be changed every three months at most, as the seasons change. So, be sure that your furnace filter is switched out at the start of winter, fall, spring, and summer! When in doubt, we suggest that you check the filter to see if it is truly dirty.
It’s also important to have an annual furnace inspection done once a year by a professional so they can make sure your furnace is operating to its full potential and that there are no small problems that could turn into much larger problems. Call us here at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191
Why Does My Drain Clog?
Why does my drain clog?
A common question Green Apple Mechanical NJ commonly gets relates to clogged drains.
Generally, clogged drains occur because people are not careful, particularly in the kitchen, about what goes down the drain.
For example, make sure to avoid:
- pouring cooking oil (or fat) down the drain.
- putting poultry skins (chicken, turkey), starchy (potato peels, rice), stringy (celery) or fibrous waste (coffee grinds, corn husks) down the drain.
Also, take some common sense and proactive steps, such as:
- have the water running when you use the garbage disposal.
- let the garbage disposal “catch up” after waste is poured down the drain.
To avoid clogged drains, be conscious and careful and you should avoid a clogged drain dilemma
If a clog occurs, then there is always baking soda and vinegar. The natural chemical reaction will help break up clogs.
If your drain is still clogged make sure to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191
The Best Way To Care For Your HVAC System
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
Top 2 Signs Your Furnace Could Be Breaking Down
1) Your furnace is more than 15 years old
According to Consumer Reports, the average life expectancy for a gas furnace is 18 years.
However, according to EnergyStar.com, you should replace a furnace that’s over 15 years old with an ENERGY STAR rated furnace, which is 15% more energy efficient than other furnaces on the market.
To learn more about how much money you can save by upgrading to a new energy efficient furnace, read up on EnergyStar ratings, which measures furnace energy efficiency.
2) Your heating bill increased
A variety of problems could be causing this. But if you have repaired your furnace by a reputable heating company and had your air ducts properly sealed your energy bill shouldn’t increase dramatically.
A sudden increase in your heating bill from the years before may mean that your furnace is on its last legs. As internal parts wear out, your gas and electric bill may go up.
The extra money you’re paying in gas and electricity could go towards buying a new furnace.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191
What To Do If Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running
- Be sure to check the fill height: Any toilet includes a float that’s connected to the fill valve. This float may be set too high, which means the water will just run and run. Or it may be set too low, which means your toilet won’t flush very well. The water should stop about an inch short of the overflow tube’s rim. If it doesn’t, adjust the float. If the float continues to be a problem, it may be time for a replacement — which you can get at any hardware store.
- If you still have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs then make sure to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191. We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise.
Why You Should Clean Up Your Furnace
Regardless of what type of furnace you have, performing regular maintenance is the key for efficient out comings and money savings. Since dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace, as it wastes fuel and considerably lowers your furnace’s efficiency, you can save you a lot of money on heating costs as well as avoid expensive repairs in the future simply by keeping your furnace clean.
Because dirt affects all three basic components of your furnace: the filter system, the blower and the motor, your furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous in order to keep your home cleaner and to prevent dirt and debris from getting into your blower and damaging it.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191
Keep Your Garbage Disposal In Working Order
- Don’t use hot water while grinding food. It’s perfectly acceptable to run hot water down the drain after you’ve used the disposal. However, it is even more important that only cold water be used during the food grinding process.
- Don’t put grease, fat or items of this type in the disposal. These will cause the drain line to clog. Simply get rid of these items by putting them in the trash.
- Don’t feed the garbage disposal handfuls of vegetable peels all at once. The garbage disposal has a tough time with vegetable and fruit peels. Keep the cuttings in a separate container and feed them slowly into the grinder while running plenty of cold water.
- These are just a few of the ways that you can keep your garbage disposal operating but if you are still experiencing troubles with your garbage disposal make sure to call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191
Experiencing Low Water Pressure?
The cause of dribbling sinks and showers isn’t always easy to pinpoint. Pipe obstructions, city supply issues and poor pipe design can all play a part in low-pressure fixtures.
If you have any questions regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing issues please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-611-7191. We are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority.
Best Ways To Keep Your Furnace Running
- 1. Get a professional tune-up. By far, the best thing you can do to ensure that your furnace performs to the best of its ability is to schedule a professional tune-up every year. During a tune-up, our Green Apple technicians will inspect your furnace for any operational problems and perform a number of maintenance tasks (like cleaning your system) that will help avoid future breakdowns, improve efficiency levels and make sure that your system is running safely.
- 2. Keep your air filter clean. You’d be surprised at the number of furnace breakdowns we encounter that could have been prevented if the homeowner would have changed their air filter. A dirty filter will cause all sorts of performance and efficiency problems.
- 3. Test your CO detectors. CO detectors will warn you if your furnace develops a carbon monoxide leak, which could potentially be life-threatening to the people in your home. Make sure that your CO detectors are working and that they have a fresh set of batteries during the heating season.
- 4. Allow your air registers to breathe. If any of your air registers are closed or blocked off by furniture, your furnace will have a hard time heating your home evenly and effectively.
- 5. Check the pilot light in older furnaces. If you have an older furnace with a pilot light, check to ensure that the flame is burning bright blue. If it’s a different color, it is likely burning inefficiently and you should contact Green Apple Mechanical NJ at 888-611-7191 so we can investigate the problem.