Tip of the Month

Need a Reason to Tune Up Your Furnace?

People often don’t think about taking care of their furnace until it breaks down, but furnaces need love too.  Just like any other major piece of equipment, you should have your heating system equipment tuned up once a year.  Don’t believe us?  Take a look at the Top 3 Reasons to tune-up your furnace below, and then pick up the phone and call us at A.J. Perri.

  1. One of the most important reasons to have your heating system serviced before you turn it on for the first time of the season is for the safety of you and your family. If your heating system breaks down during the bitter cold of winter, your family could be in serious danger. All safety switches, and combustion should be checked each year. If you’re furnace has a pilot light, it’s extremely important to make sure there aren’t any leaks in the heat exchanger.  Leaks in the heat exchanger can allow combustion products such as carbon monoxide to enter your home, creating a serious safety concern.
  1. Tuning up your furnace ensures that your system is running at peak performance and can also save you money on your monthly utility bill. It’s good for your system. Think of it like a health plan for your furnace; annual maintenance may extend your furnace’s life by up to five years. With replacement costs in the multiple thousands of dollars, those extra years can save you a lot.
  1. It’s good for you.  A dirty furnace is full of warm, moist air and the bacteria, fungus, and viruses that thrive in those conditions. Then, when the blower moves the air through your furnace, those pollutants move right along with it…into the rest of your home.  A clean furnace means cleaner air.

Go online to A.J. Perri (ajperri.com) and schedule your heating system tune-up today.  We’ll keep your system running safely all year long, with your satisfaction guaranteed!

Need help? Contact us today.  We will send one of our super skilled masters of permits and pipes right away.  Be sure to check out the fancy shoe covers.

 

Q&A’s – HVAC & Plumbing

Q: What can I do to keep my garbage disposal from clogging?

A:  Half of all homes in the US today have a garbage disposal installed in the kitchen.  Chances are they are not being cared for like they should.

Many homeowners take advantage of the convenience and use it to grind items that should be thrown out with the garbage.  Read on for tips and tricks to keep your garbage disposal grinding away for about eight years.

You should:

  • Keep your disposal clean.  Flush it by running cold water down it regularly. Use cold water instead of hot to ensure that oils and grease solidify before reaching the trap.
  • Keep it small.  Always cut larger food items into smaller pieces and feed pieces into disposal a couple at a time instead of all at once.
  • Keep your disposal fresh. Put citrus peels, or chunks of whole citrus fruits, down your disposal to keep it smelling fresh. The juice will clean the disposal’s walls and eliminate foul odors.
  • Keep your disposal sharp. Put whole ice cubes down your disposal monthly to sharpen the blades and help keep your disposal clean.

You should not:

  • Grind anything that isn’t food. Do not put paper, metal, plastic, cigarettes or anything else that isn’t biodegradable food down your disposal.
  • Flush hot water while in use. Hot water will cause grease to melt and cause clogs far down in your pipes. Use cold water to ensure grease and oils solidify.
  • Use any chemicals to clean it.  Use Borax, citrus fruits, or vinegar ice cubes instead.

Q:  What are some indications that I have a leak in my plumbing?

A:  Water leaks around the house are often underestimated in their potential to cause serious damage. A trap that’s not tight, a toilet seal that’s lost its grip or even a water line with a tiny drip may be hard to see or hear, but every day it continues to wear away parts of your home, causing mold growth and leaving behind any number of problems for you and your home.  A stain is one of the few visual clues that can provide a warning.

Where to look for stains:

  • Check anywhere along the ceiling. Unless you have water lines that run in the attic, which is pretty uncommon, a ceiling stain almost certainly indicates a roof leak. Remember, that the location of the stain does not necessarily mean the roof leak is right above it – it usually originates higher up and drips down.
  • Check in cabinets. If you see a water stain or a whitish ring on the floor of a cabinet that houses a sink, it’s probably a sign of water leaking from the trap, or from somewhere else in the sink’s drain system.
  • Look for mold and mildew stains. If you see mold or mildew growing, it’s an obvious indicator of a moisture problem, but not necessarily an actual water leak. In a bathroom, it usually means there’s inadequate ventilation to rid the room of moisture. At the bottom of an exterior wall, it might mean ground water from sprinklers or other sources is coming in. In a closet, behind a bed, or in other areas with little or no air circulation it could mean a variety of things, most likely an overly damp crawl space.

 

If you suspect you have a leak, call a plumber immediately!  Leaks can’t repair themselves and need to be fixed immediately before serious damage can occur.

Q:  What can I do to help the allergy and asthma sufferers in my home?

A:  September means allergies for many Americans, ragweed, mold and dust run rampant, and according to the American Lung Association, the air inside your home can be as much as FIVE times more irritating to allergy sufferers than the air outside.

Suffering from allergies or asthma can have a negative effect on the quality of a person’s life. This is an issue we at A.J. Perri often hear our customers express when they call into the office. The dust & pollutants that are trapped in homes are troublesome for everyone but particularly for those who have allergies and asthma. We provide our customers with several options of air filtration systems to address these concerns –– Carrier Infinity Air Purifier and UV Germicidal Lamps, such as the Fresh-Aire UV APCO™. Our technicians can evaluate your particular situation and find the best solution for you and your family.

If you have more questions, feel free to go to our Ask-an-Expert page online.  Fill out the form and we’ll get back to you right away!


We have been serving the New Jersey area for 40+ years, one satisfied customer at a time. We look forward to hearing from you if you need additional information on our products and services, or a suggestion about how we may better serve you.

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A.J. Perri
1138 Pine Brook Rd.
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

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