Everyday Ways To Maintain Your Plumbing

In the Kitchen

Kitchen drains often clog due to debris or wastes going down the sink that shouldn’t. To prevent clogged drains in this room, never put grease or oils down the sink. This includes cooking oils and fats, such as butter, that can congeal in the pipes, blocking water flow.
Improper use of the garbage disposal is another common reason for clogged kitchen drains. Follow this kitchen plumbing maintenance checklist to help you avoid this problem:

  • Always turn your water and disposal on before adding food.
  • Never put fibrous or stringy food wastes down the disposal. These include banana peels, celery, potato peels, and other foods that are difficult to grind up.
  • Always allow the cold water to run for at least 15 seconds after using the disposal. This ensures food wastes are flushed down the main line.
  • Run your dishwasher at night to conserve hot water and maintain good water pressure throughout the day.

In the Bathroom

The bathroom is another room where drains often become clogged. You can reduce clogs and even prevent them by following this plumbing maintenance checklist:

  • Keep shower and sink drains flowing freely by reducing your use of bath oils and installing screens over drains to prevent hair from going down the drain.
  • Avoid toilet clogs by not using it as a trash can. Ideally, only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. While tampons and some wipes are labeled as flushable, it is better not to do so.
  • Wait about 10 minutes between showers to help maintain proper water pressure and hot water throughout the day. Maintaining proper water pressure helps prevent unwanted stress on your home plumbing system.
  • Avoid using chemical clog removal products that can cause more harm than good. These products can corrode your pipes!

Think of all the products you use to wash, moisturize and condition. They are often oily or greasy in order to provide moisture for your skin and hair. Once they make their way down your drain, however, they can cling to pipes, attract other debris and cause blockages.
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Fall Plumbing Hazards

Blocked Drainage

If you notice that your plumbing has been giving you problems lately, check your yards. Those beautiful orange leaves can be the biggest culprits here. This is primarily because a lot of leaves fall and accumulate in one location during the season. They can easily be blown into your drainage system and block everything. Winds, rain and sometimes even traffic are the factors which play a big part in pushing those leaves in your drainage system.
Fortunately, this problem can also be handled easily by a professional Green Apple plumber. Let them have a thorough check on the system. They might replace your drain cover so that this problem does not reoccur. Many covers are manufactured to fit a particular drain; hence it’s crucial to get them properly measured and fitted by a professional only.
We really hope that you understand the importance of a professional Green Apple plumber. Save yourself from all the drama of “trial & fix error” and hire a professional Green Apple plumber. It costs more money to fix the damage caused inadequately than with a professional expert. We have insight, deep knowledge and troubleshooting plans to tackle all plumbing related problems.
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

Why The Fall Is An Excellent Time To Install Central Air

Although the first hint of cool fall weather may have you more focused on your furnace, this is the perfect time to install a new central air conditioning system. By getting the job done now, you’ll save money compared to the summertime costs and you’ll be ready to go with a reliable, energy-efficient cooling system next year.

FIND GREAT DEALS ON NEW A/C SYSTEMS

A new central cooling system is an investment. Even though upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner will lower your cooling bills, it’s still worth it to save as much as you can on upfront purchase costs.
Many homeowners upgrade or install a new central A/C in early summer when they decide not to spend another hot summer without reliable air conditioning. Others are forced to replace their systems in the middle of summer when their existing cooling system breaks down. This keeps A/C system prices high all summer.
Come fall, demand for air conditioners drops off. HVAC equipment sellers who still have plenty of stock left over from summer often discount it to move it out of their inventory before winter. It’s a little like garden furniture going on sale at the end of summer.

IN THE FALL, TECHNICIANS ARE AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE

Fall is one of the slowest periods for heating and cooling technicians. Thanks to the mild weather, the start of school and the upcoming holidays, many homeowners forget all about their air conditioners.
That means not only do many HVAC specialists have open spots in their work schedules, but they also offer favorable pricing to encourage customers to call in and fill those spots. Prices for HVAC services are lower in fall than at any other time of year.
Install a new central A/C in fall and not only can you get a good deal on installation work, but you also have a better chance of getting scheduled in with the kind of highly trained, experienced technician you want.
Putting in an air conditioner requires outdoor work, including digging. You might find air conditioners on sale in December, but getting the system installed in New Jersey’s cold, snowy winter weather may not always be possible. Even when it is, heating and cooling technicians usually have their schedules full with furnace installation and repair work.

DITCH THOSE WINDOW UNITS

The window A/C units used in many homes have several drawbacks. Inconvenience is one. They’re usually put in place at the beginning of summer, then removed and put into storage come fall. In addition, window units can be uncomfortably loud, older models aren’t energy efficient, and any unsealed gaps around the units cause air leaks that let in hot, humid outdoor air.
Install a new central A/C this fall and it will be the last time you’ll ever have to pull out those window units and haul them to storage. Next summer, you’ll enjoy cool air in every room without any irritating noise. There’s a good chance your cooling bills will be lower, too.
Keep in mind if your home uses radiators, baseboard heaters or another ductless heating method, you’ll need to have ducts installed along with the new air conditioner. Duct sizing and installation adds time to the system installation job, so start early before the cold weather arrives.

KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE THE A/C

If you already have a central air conditioner, but you’ve been considering upgrading, there are a few clear signs that tell you this fall is the time to do it.

  • The system is old – An air conditioner that’s more than 10 years old runs less efficiently than modern systems and is at high risk for component failure no matter how well it seems to be running.
  • The A/C has frequent breakdowns – Have you had to call a repair technician this year, last year and the year before that? Take time this fall to buy and install a new central A/C and next summer you’ll spend less time and money on A/C repairs, as well as enjoy lower energy bills and improved cooling performance.
  • Cooling bills are rising – If every summer brings cooling bills that are much higher than the last, chances are it’s due to the steady drop in energy efficiency your system experiences as it ages.

When Should I Start Thinking About Replacing My Central Air?

1. Frequent Repairs. Schedule maintenance is important to ensure your unit is running efficiently, but when the HVAC technician knows you and your dog by name, it might be time to consider a new AC unit. A simple, occasional repair will keep your unit running, but continuous repairs are expensive and a sign of decline.
2. Temperature Fluctuations. A well-functioning AC unit can keep up with changing outdoor conditions and maintain a comfortable, steady temperature at the right humidity levels. If your central AC unit used to keep your home consistently comfortable, but stopped doing so, it’s time for an upgrade.
3. Rising Energy Bills. Air conditioning units that are starting to fail may consume more energy than they did when they functioned properly. This usually happens because the AC unit now needs to run longer or more frequently to maintain a consistent temperature. If your energy bills are on the rise, your AC unit may be the culprit.
4. Poor Operation. If your central air conditioning unit is making banging, grinding, or clanging noises, it may be on its last legs. Units that turn off and on frequently are also indicative of poor operation.
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 us toll-free at 888-611-7191

How Central Air Works

Outdoor unit

The outdoor unit of your central air conditioning system, usually located at the side or back of your house, contains the compressor, condenser coil, a fan and various electrical components.

The heated refrigerant vapor from inside your house moves through the compressor, which heats the refrigerant to an even higher temperature. The higher the temperature of the refrigerant, the faster heat is transferred to the outdoor air. The highly pressurized and heated refrigerant moves to the condenser coil and a fan blows air over it, cooling the coil, and the heat from inside your house disperses into the atmosphere.

As the refrigerant in the condenser coil cools, it returns to its original liquid form and is pumped back into your house as the cycle repeats.

The refrigeration cycle summarized

When the temperature in your house rises above the temperature you’ve programmed into the thermostat, the thermostat turns on the central air conditioning system.

A fan in the system draws warm air from the rooms of your house to the evaporator in the inside unit. The liquid refrigerant is pumped from the outside unit to the evaporator, where the refrigerant vaporizes as it absorbs and removes the heat pumped from the rooms of your house.

The cooled air is pumped back into your house, and the heated, vaporized refrigerant moves heat to the outside unit for dispersal into the atmosphere.

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 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

Things Are Heating Up

Things are definitely heating up this summer but that doesn’t mean your home has to. Your home should always be a comfortable retreat from the summer heat. The best way to make your home as comfortable as possible is by having central air installed in your home. Central air installation is much more affordable than many people think. Call us today toll-free at 888-611-7191 to find out everything you need to know about having central air installed in your home. We are also experts in HVAC repair and maintenance and specialize in every type of plumbing.

The Best Way To Save Money With Your Central Air

Insulate Your Ductwork and Attic

Air leaking from your ductwork and warm air creeping in via your attic both cause your central air conditioner to work overtime, upping the power it uses and, subsequently, your bill. Insulate your attic with cellulose or fiberglass insulation to keep the hot summer air out. Seal off the seams of your ductwork with mastic tape to prevent air leaks, increasing the overall efficiency of the unit.

Proper Maintenance

In order to run as efficiently as possible, thus reducing the cost of keeping your home cool, properly maintain your central air unit. Once a year, have the unit checked and cleaned by a Green Apple Mechanical NJ professional in your area. Time the inspection for the spring if you want the unit fresh for the summer or save some money by scheduling it for the fall, when most professionals offer an off-season discount. Every month, replace your disposable air filter or clean your permanent one. Dust, pollen, and other debris can limit air flow, causing the fan in the unit to work harder, thus increasing electricity use.

Change the Settings

While a cool 72 degrees Fahrenheit may feel fantastic, you can save money by turning the temperature up just a few degrees. Many experts recommend 78 degrees Fahrenheit for when the home is occupied. You can save even more by going as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit when the home is unoccupied and overnight, when the outdoor temperatures tend to be at least a bit cooler.

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

IS SUMMER TOO EARLY FOR FURNACE MAINTENANCE?

 
Winter heating isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as you’re sweating your way through the summer months. However, summer is the perfect time to think about furnace maintenance. If you don’t get your furnace serviced before winter comes, you can’t be sure if it will do its job, and the last thing you want is to literally be left out in the cold.
Professional Maintenance
Hiring a professional to inspect and maintain your furnace guarantees that a thorough job is performed and your furnace functions as it should. Professional technicians will:
• Clean out dirt from places you can’t see
• Test airflow and how well ducts are sealed
• Check and test the burner and pilot light if your furnace has them
• Inspect and lubricate all moving parts
• Check the flue
• Look over the condition of the furnace and all components including the thermostat and controls
• Test safety, including any potential dangers from carbon monoxide
• Make sure that the temperature is correct in all areas of the house to avoid cold spots
This complete maintenance is not only necessary for older furnaces but for new models as well. If you have to make a warranty claim, you may need to provide the furnace manufacturer with records to show that you’ve had the unit inspected regularly.
Do-It-Yourself Maintenance
There are a few things you should do throughout the year to make sure that your furnace continues to operate well until the next scheduled maintenance visit. Inspecting and changing the filter on a regular basis ensures efficiency and keeps the circulating air clean. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to monitor levels just in case something goes wrong. While that’s monitoring the air, you should monitor the furnace for any strange noises, unnaturally short cycles or the presence of accumulating soot. Any of these could be signs of a more serious problem that requires professional intervention.
When and How to Schedule
Don’t wait to schedule furnace maintenance. The best time to have a professional check out your furnace is late summer or early fall before there’s any chance of truly cold weather. This gives technicians enough time to do a thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs. local
DGreen Apple Mechanical NJ can provide the routine maintenance that your furnace needs to stay in top shape during the cold weather. Feel free to give us a call toll free at 888-611-7191

Preparing Your Heating System for the Summer

We still have cool-to-cold weather here in NJ, and can expect a few more weeks of it before the temperature begins to warm up. Your home’s heating system will keep working for a while longer, but you should also know how to prepare your heating system for the time when it will shut off for a few months during the summer. You don’t want it to have trouble starting up again when the fall and winter weather return.
Here are some ways to prepare your heating system for its summer siesta. For professional assistance with your heating—from maintenance to repairs to new installation—trust to the skilled workers at Green Apple Mechanical.

Preparing for summer—with your heater

  • Have lingering repairs taken care of now: It is very tempting to put off fixing a malfunction in a heater with the warmer weather approaching. However, you should make sure that your heating system shuts off for the season working as well as possible, since you do not want to encounter trouble when you really need it later. This time of year is less busy for HVAC repair technicians, making it easy to schedule the work—the winter rush will present a much more difficult time for scheduling. Also, any repair needs your furnace has can deteriorate during the long period of inactivity and become worse.
  • Have a maintenance visit if you haven’t already: Spring is when most homeowners have a maintenance visit for their air conditioner. If you’ve delayed maintenance for your heater for more than a year, you should also have maintenance done for it now so that it will be in good shape for when you need it again. You want your heating system in the best shape possible when you need it once more. Maintenance will also make sure there are no safety issues in the system—such as gas leaks—that can become problems.
  • Check and replace air filters: This is part of regular maintenance that you can do on your own. If the air filter for your heater is clogged, or if you haven’t changed it in over a month, you should switch it out now. Your air conditioner will probably use the same filter, so this will help you during the summer as well.

Schedule service today

Get a head start on the summer, and next winter, with the service your heater requires. Call Green Apple Mechanical and set up an appointment for maintenance or repairs for your heating in NJ.