Do You Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Furnace Filter?

  • If you start noticing more dust around your home, or dust around your air vents
  • You smell a dusty odor in your home
  • You or your family has unexplained congestion

To keep your furnace in its best condition, Green Apple Mechanical NJ recommends that you change the filter monthly and have it serviced annually by a Green Apple Mechanical professional. This will ensure that your furnace will continue to keep your home warm and comfortable when you need it most.

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

What To Do If You Have A Burst Pipe

No matter the prevention you have taken sometimes burst pipes happen. What you do when you discover one will make the difference between an inconvenience or a total disaster. Here we have highlighted the best action a homeowner can take.

  1. Look out for the signs of Burst Pipes. Not every burst pipe is a torrent of water from the ceiling, look for damp patches on walls, ceilings and floors. Loss of water pressure, unusual noises in the system and even electrical faults all can point to Burst Pipes.
  2. If you suspect a burst pipe then isolate the water from the stopcock. Close the stopcock fully and open the taps in the home to remove the water from the system.
  3. DO NOT use the electrical devices, keep away from light switches and sockets if water is leaking it easily can be within the electrical circuit.
  4. Clean the excess water away as soon as possible the quicker the water is removed the less damage can be caused.
  5. If you have any more concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Do You Know How Old Your Furnace Is?

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 start looking at options. Don’t wait for an emergency – never a time to make your most informed decision. It’s wiser to replace a furnace as a planned home improvement rather than as a panic replacement when your furnace conks out in the middle of winter. By the way, if your furnace has a pilot light, it is almost certainly 25 years or older.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

Should Pasta Go Down The Garbage Disposal?

The reason pasta takes the top spot is that it seems like a great candidate for the disposal. But pasta can never break down small enough to pass through the disposal’s blades and into the drain, so all those bits and pieces find places to hide.

Every time water comes, pasta swells and increases in size, which clogs the disposal drain. This forces the disposal to work overtime and wear out faster.

Also, when it comes to the garbage disposal food triangle, rice is in the same family as pasta. In some cases, rice can cause even more damage than pasta because of a single grain’s ability to swell repeatedly.

So when pasta and rice show up, skip the disposal and go for the trash can. If you are having any issues with your garbage disposal or any other of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-611-7191

Protecting Your Home From Drafts

  • How to find drafts:
    On a windy day, use a stick of incense, a small candle or tea light or a strand of hair or string and slowly “trace” around all windowsills, door jams, vents etc looking for the flame to flicker or the smoke or hair to be blown away.
  • Seal all drafts.
    Silicone caulking or foam sealant works for drafts in non-movable sources, such as window frames. For movable sources, like windows or doors, use weather-stripping. Using a door draft stopper (like a rolled up towel) and heavy currents can also stop drafts.
  • Don’t forget pet doors.
    Drafts from a pet door can’t be avoided completely but can be protected against with weather-stripping or even a heavy curtain on either side of the door. If your pet door is within a removable panel for sliding glass doors, be sure to weather-strip around it as well.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-611-7191

More Reasons Not To Use “Flushable” wipes.

Don’t feed the fatberg’: Huge mass blocks English sewer

LONDON (AP) — A British official says a giant “fatberg” has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long.

Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will “take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.”

He urged the public not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes down the toilet, adding: “Don’t feed the fatberg.”

The revolting fat mass was discovered in drains in the coastal town of Sidmouth.

In 2017, a 250-meter (820-foot) fatberg was found in sewers beneath Whitechapel in east London. A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes.

Call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs.

How Many Faucets Should I Leave On?

  • Keep the heat on: if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, make sure your thermostat is not set lower than 55 degrees.
  •  Allow the faucet to drip: this relieves pressure on your home’s water system.
    Keep interior doors open: leaving cabinet doors open allows heat from the rest of the house to help keep the pipes warm.
  • Seal up cracks and holes: look for places on the inside and outside of your home where cold air can get in and around your pipes.
  • Apply heating tape: this is a special electric tape that can be applied directly to pipes.
  • Add extra insulation: foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves can be put directly on pipes to help insulate them from the cold. This is especially important for pipes in attics and basements.

You can leave only one dripping faucet but you want to make sure it’s in the right location. If you know where your water comes into your house, turn on a cold water faucet at the other end of the house to allow for water to travel through the entire system.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-611-7191

Why It’s Essential To Have An Annual Furnace Inspection

Ensures proper airflow
During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician will check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow. Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.

Keeps you safe
Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.

Reduces repairs
A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Saves Time
Getting a furnace tune-up now is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman in a cold home without heat. It is also much cheaper.

Improves energy efficiency
A furnace tune-up should include the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

The Problem Of Frozen Pipes Explained

Especially in places that typically see cold winter weather, like New Jersey, well-constructed modern homes are built to protect pipes against freezing. In older homes, however, or during unusually cold temperatures, pipes that are most at risk of freezing are

Here’s How To Extend The Life Of Your Furnace

Many warranties provided on heating systems have a clause that void the warranty if furnace inspections or maintenance are not completed at regular intervals. These warranties may also be voided if someone other than a professional has worked on the system.