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We provide instant relief when it hurts the most, our phone operators take service order at any time and connect you with one of our team members who know how to calm you down with a perfect solution you will not have to wait long for to come.
We’ve been taking service calls in northern New Jersey for years, we know the terrain, weather-related problem, style of home structures, we know the weak spots, the equipment and there for can provide the fastest solution to the problem. Our summers are extremely hot and humid, our winter can be brutal and your home needs to weather it all. Our next job after the fix is alert you about year-round maintenance.
Green Apple Mechanical is a Family owned and operated company, with the environment in mind, we are your one-stop shop for heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services
It all starts with a personal touch, immediate availability, taking the stress away from you.
Our years of experience take you beyond problem-solving and into avoiding future problems altogether by educating you about how better you can maintain your equipment, prepare for the changing seasons and how best to handle machines during off seasons.
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UP TO THE MINUTE NEWS
1) Clean Out the Access Area and Blower Compartment
Open all access panels to the unit and take a peek inside. Is there a bunch of dirt and debris? Get it all out. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out dust, dirt, and debris around the motor and blower. Get inside the blower compartment and carefully clean off other mechanical parts using a soft brush and a wet/dry vacuum. Be careful around wires. After vacuuming, wipe it all down with a damp cloth.
While you’re in there, check all the wires for corrosion and loose connections. Use a screwdriver, wrench or nut driver to tighten any obviously bad connections you can easily reach. Remove the flame shield and check the burner for corrosion. If you have any doubts about what you see in the interior of your furnace, contact the furnace experts at Green Apple Mechanical NJ and we’ll give you a hand.
2) Change the Furnace Filter
Inspecting the furnace filter is the most frequent check you need to perform. Ensure the filter isn’t clogged with dust and debris. If the airflow is too restricted, the furnace has to work too hard and efficiency is compromised. Your furnace ages quicker and your energy bill rises. It’s bad all around.
A common rule of thumb is to change your filter every month. If you use a higher quality filter, like a high-efficiency pleated air filter, you may only need to change it every three months or so. One thing is for sure: pay attention to the state of your furnace filter and you greatly reduce the chance of having an emergency situation.
3) Inspect and Lubricate the Blower Motor
The blower is driven by an electric motor to move heated air through ductwork. Lubricate the blower motor bearings. There needs to be oil between the shaft and the bushing of the blower motor at all times for the unit to function correctly.
Check the blower belt’s wear and tension. A loose belt can slow the blower. If the belt is frayed or shows any signs of wear, it needs replacing. If the belt deflects more than about 3/4 inch when pressed firmly, tighten it by sliding the motor back.
If you feel uncomfortable disassembling your furnace and seek further assistance, our furnace repair professionals are just a phone call away.
4) Check the Flue Pipe for Leaks
Check the flue pipe coming out of the top of the furnace to ensure it is venting properly. Holes in the flue pipe leak nasty combustion byproducts, including carbon monoxide. If this is the case, you can’t run the furnace without exposing yourself to a serious health risk.
Check near where the pipe meets the furnace. Patch small holes with foil tape. Corroded flues must be replaced. Sometimes the faulty installation will lead to a structural leak requiring a full re-installation. If this is a case, enlist the help of the service professionals at Hot Point.
5) Clean Out Air Registers
The air registers in your home gather a ton of dust, pet hair, bits of food and other stray items over time. A clogged air register has effects similar to those of a bad filter. The packed-in dust and dirt restrict airflow, dirties the air and make the furnace work harder to get the house up to the temperature you need.
Remove all the floor registers in your home and remove any obstructions with a high powered vacuum. By cleaning out the registers, you take an easy step toward ensuring your furnace isn’t working harder than it needs to.
6) Clean the Thermocouple
If you aren’t comfortable removing and handling critical parts of your furnace, it may be a good idea to skip this step. However, if you’re handy with a screwdriver and have the necessary tools, removing and cleaning off the thermocouple annually will help you avoid problems in the future. In the life of your furnace, your thermocouple will likely get dirty or wear down, and your pilot light might keep going out. Cleaning the thermocouple will help ensure your pilot remains lit without interruption.
Green Apple Mechanical NJ 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 @888-611-7191Read More
Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze or even burst. Do you know how to tell if pipes are frozen? We’ve pulled together tips to help prevent frozen pipes and a list of suggestions for you to follow if they do freeze.
Pro tip: Know ahead of time how your homeowner’s insurance can kick in to help repair damage from a frozen and burst water pipe.
Symptoms of Frozen Pipes
One of the earliest signs of a frozen pipe is when no water comes out of your faucet when you turn it on. If you notice that, head first to the basement and check to see that the water is still turned on and that you don’t have a leak. Once you’ve confirmed these two things, continue your inspection to make sure one of your pipes has not burst. If your search reveals that your pipes are frozen but none have ruptured, you have two choices:
- Call a Green Apple Mechanical plumber to help thaw your frozen pipes. This is a good idea if you don’t think you can safely thaw the pipes yourself, you don’t know where the frozen pipes are or you can’t access the frozen area.
- Attempt to thaw the frozen pipes yourself. Be aware this option can be dangerous if not done correctly.
How to Fix Frozen Pipes
If you attempt to thaw the frozen pipes yourself, keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep your faucet open. Water and steam will be created during the thawing process, and your pipes need an opening to discharge this. Keeping the faucet open also allows for moving water to run through the pipe, which will expedite the thawing process.
- Apply heat to the section of the pipe that is frozen. This can be done by wrapping an electronic heating pad around the pipe, heating the area with a hairdryer or both. If you lack either of these items, using towels soaked in hot water will help as well.
- Know what not to do. Never use a blowtorch, propane or kerosene heaters, a charcoal stove or any other open flame device to thaw your frozen pipes. You should also avoid using a space heater unless you are sure the area is clear of any flammable material.
- Continue applying heat until water flow returns to normal. Once you have successfully thawed the pipe, turn on other faucets in your home to check for any more frozen water pipes.
- Take swift action if the frozen pipes are located inside an exterior wall. Cut a hole in the wall toward the inside of the house to expose those pipes to warmer air.
- Green Apple Mechanical NJ 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 @888-611-7191
HVAC tune-ups are performed before heating and cooling seasons to identify any problems and fix them before the season begins. In fact, experts recommend having a Green Apple Mechanical NJ professional service your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need it most.” Below are five reasons you should have a heating system inspection now before the heating season begins.
1. Maintain Efficiency
As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So, making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills and your comfort.”
When you hire a licensed Green Apple Mechanical NJ HVAC technician to inspect your heating system, they make sure that your system is reaching its full potential and you are getting the most bang for your buck. This benefits your wallet in several ways; by keeping your heating system at peak performance you are saving energy, and your system isn’t working harder to make up for clogged filters and dirty parts. This will also increase the life of your heating system and help prevent the need for emergency maintenance.
2. Keep Your Manufacturer’s Warranty Valid
Most warranties require you to have your heating system inspected annually. If you do not, your heating system may break a warranty, which might not seem like a huge deal until you go to turn the heat on, and nothing happens. Now, without your warranty, you are paying full price for parts and services.
3. Extend the Life of your Furnace
You wouldn’t wait for you car to stop working before you get an oil change, so why treat one of the most expensive appliances in your home any differently. By scheduling a pre-season heating inspection and tune-up, you are avoiding larger problems that may lead to the failure and replacement of a system down the line.
Inspecting your furnace before winter hits also avoids the always poor-timed breakdown. When you take care of your heating system before demanding the most from it during the harsh winter months, it will be prepared for the workload, instead of shocked and unable to perform the way you want it to.
4. Clean Rust and Dirt
Preventative care goes a long way and is the main function of a pre-season efficiency tune-up. This includes cleaning rust and dirt from your heating system. Along with cleaning parts, your licensed Green Apple Mechanical HVAC specialist will also replace any filters that could be causing your system to run under unnecessary stress.
5. Heating Inspection Safety
Whether your reason for a heating inspection is your home, your wallet or your comfort, pre-season heating inspections are performed with safety in mind. When your heating system is inspected, you are preventing the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks caused by cracked heat exchangers and other potential hazards in your home. Green Apple Mechanical NJ 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 @888-611-7191Read More