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At Green Apple Mechanical NJ, we write and talk about regular maintenance practices for your HVAC equipment. Regular maintenance increases the life of your equipment, especially your furnace. Not only will regular maintenance protect your investment and save you money, but it will also ensure that your equipment runs safely.
Furnaces that are not properly maintained are more subject to gas leaks and other dangerous issues, such as carbon monoxide production. Maintaining your furnace is a good idea for these reasons and more, and that’s why Green Apple Mechanical NJ has assembled these ten quick tips for keeping your furnace in perfect shape.
Make sure your thermostat is functioning properly.
Does your thermostat setting seem to match the temperature of the house? If your thermostat is not functioning properly, your furnace will not be able to work as it should. Dirt and inaccurate calibration can negatively affect the performance of a thermostat. To ensure proper calibration of your thermostat, contact Green Apple Mechanical and have a technician analyze your HVAC system to look for possible issues.
Check the air filter.
It’s very important to change your air filters regularly. Air filters keep your indoor air quality in top condition and help to prevent airborne illnesses and allergens. However, as filters accumulate dirt and dust, not only will their ability to clean the air diminish, but your furnace will also have to work harder to push and pull air through the filters. This means more energy costs and less consistent air temperatures across your home. Air filters are easy and inexpensive to change, so there really is no excuse not to change them regularly.
Monitor the control valve.
Most furnaces will feature a control valve for safety reasons. If you find that your furnace is not producing heat, this is one of the first places to look. On a gas furnace, the control valve will be located on the supply line. Check that this valve is in the “on” position and that gas is free to enter your furnace. Without anything to burn, your furnace can’t produce heat; simple as that!
Clean your furnace regularly.
You clean your home, you clean your car, and you clean your dishes, but is your furnace on your “to clean” list? If not, it probably should be. A dirty furnace will not produce heat as efficiently as a clean one, and the dirtier a furnace gets, the more chance there is for a part to break.
Be sure to keep your furnace clean and maintained to keep both your energy and heating costs down. If you don’t know which parts should be cleaned, start with the filter system, blower, and motor. If you need more components cleaned, or don’t want to worry about keeping up to date with your furnace, contact Green Apple Mechanical NJ to have a certified technician regularly visit your home and keep your furnace system running in tip-top shape all year round.
Check the tension belt.
A misaligned tension belt can cause your home furnace to run loudly. If the belt appears frayed or worn, replace it with a new one.
Oil the motor.
A couple of drops of oil should be added to the furnace every season and as needed. Do not over-lubricate.
Clean the vents.
Vents should be checked regularly for debris and blockages. Blocked ventilation could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which could be fatal.
Spring shut down.
At the end of the winter season, gas furnaces need to shut down. This is also a great time to clean the furnace and replace the air filter to improve your furnace efficiency.
Following these tips at the beginning of each season will help you maintain an efficient and reliable furnace all through the season. 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
When you don’t understand exactly how your furnace works, it’s easy to wonder if it’s working properly. Then your utility bill goes up, or the furnace cycles on and off more often than you think it should, and you worry whether something is wrong with your furnace. Set your mind at ease by performing a simple maintenance routine to eliminate common problem causers. Next, try a handful of diagnostic observations. If everything checks out, you know your furnace is operating properly.
One of the most definitive signs that something is wrong with your furnace is an unusual sound or odor. Odors are a particularly definitive signal since your furnace shouldn’t have a smell. At the beginning of the heating season, the first few furnace cycles may produce an unpleasant odor like burning dirt which it is, but only for that hour or two. After that, burning smells may indicate a clogged filter or dirty heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts. Dirty burners, an overheating system or a furnace with too much pressure due to having more than 20 percent of the duct vents closed will emit a smokey odor. Most critical of all, if you notice a gas odor or the smell of burning plastic, something is seriously wrong with your furnace. Turn off the furnace and the gas and exit the home until the furnace is fixed.
Sure, most furnaces create sounds, but if you’ve owned your furnace for any length of time, you’re probably used to the normal rattles and ticks. The thermostat clicks when it activates the furnace, and the air flowing through the vents creates a distinct sound. Snapping, crackling or sizzling sounds may indicate electrical issues. High-pitched shrieking, squealing noises point to slipping blower motor belts and blower parts that require lubrication. Pilot lights rumble, with the burners off, if they need adjustment, while the same sound points to dirty gas burners with the burners on. Grinding sounds coming from shot blower bearings. A humming sound may emanate from a failing blower motor or compressor motor, and a constant clicking is caused by failing relays. Any of these sounds indicate your furnace is not functioning properly.
Often you can tell something is wrong with your furnace simply by looking at it. On the outside, a furnace covered with excessive dirt and dust isn’t healthy, and it may soon exhibit larger problems if it hasn’t already. Burn marks, moisture, and rust is a symptom of a furnace that isn’t working properly. Getting deeper into the unit, you can look at the blower fan to see if it is clogged with dust and dirt that needs removal. Open the burner compartment, on a gas furnace, and look at the flame. A yellow flame is starved for oxygen, usually caused by dirty burners. It also creates more carbon monoxide than a blue flame.
Even before you smell your dirty filter wafting from your vents, you can check your filter to see if it’s getting dirty enough to need changing or cleaning. Not maintaining your filter will quickly cause far greater problems, so a clogged filter shows a furnace that needs immediate maintenance. Depending on the media type, it may need treatment monthly to once every six months for electrostatic washable filters.
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 HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-611-7191
It’s important to keep your kitchen appliances functional and looking clean, and one of the most essential kitchen devices that experiences plumbing issues is the dishwasher. There are countless things that dishwasher plumbing problems affect including your sink and flooring. If left unattended, you will not only fill up your sink with dirty dishes but you’ll also have to pay more to fix other appliances. Here are five common plumbing issues that surface when using the dishwasher:
1. Dishwasher Plumbing Problems: Dishwasher Won’t Drain
There are several dishwasher plumbing problems that could be the cause for this, one being a clogged air gap that is shooting water occasionally. Remove the air gap cover and use a wire to clean it out, or pour water down it to wash up the debris. This could also stem from a clogged sink trap, house drain, drain hose, or drain valve, which would require removing the dishwasher and replacing them.
2. Dishwasher Overfills
When your dishwasher runs but doesn’t fill, there’s something wrong with your hot water valve. Check the water intake valve behind the appliance’s bottom front panel and check for debris. If this isn’t the problem, then there is something wrong with your water inlet valve, pressure switch, or timer/selector switch.
3. Dishwasher Doesn’t Clean Dishes
This is because you have a stuck or dirty float switch. This not only requires you to take apart your dishwasher but to also to clean the float switch, spray arm, and spray armholes. Also, remove your power panels to get the supply tubes and electrical wires so that you can remove and clean the inlet valve pieces. This can be hard to do correctly without professional assistance.
4. Dishwasher Makes Loud Noise When Running
If you notice a loud banging noise when running your dishwasher, there’s a good chance you need to disassemble everything from the sprayer arm to the motor. There may be food or dish that is stuck at the bottom of the dishwasher. There may also be something wrong with your wash impeller, circulation pump, drain impeller, or drain pump that is causing your dishwasher plumbing problems. Have a professional plumber check it out to determine which piece to fix or replace.
5. Dishwasher Door is Leaking
When opening up your dishwasher, take note of whether the small screw at the bottom is caked with rust or is cracking. Replace or clean your door gasket with detergent according to this observation. You can also adjust the latch plate on top to ensure that your wood floor doesn’t get water damage or become a slippery hazard for family members.
While dishwashers are definitely beneficial to one’s home, there are clearly many ways that they can be damaged and become a costly fix. If you’ve noticed any leaking or malfunctions with your appliance, don’t wait around for the issue to get worse! 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
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