Gas grill installation Rockland NY

If you are considering purchasing a new grill, consider getting one that can be connected to your main gas line.  For one you don’t have to replace those tanks, which have a tendency to go empty at the most inopportune moments.  A gas grill line connected to your house may be installed discretely and away from sight.  It would also come with a local easy access shutoff.  Most grills also come with a quick disconnect for mobility, cleaning and seasonal removal if necessary.

So take back the summer and never run out of gas on your grill.  Call us and we will give you a free estimate with your project.


Gas line for gas powered generator

No electricity? No problem!  Think gas powered generator.  Power outages don’t happen often but when they do occur you wish you had a generator.  If you have a high water table and depend on a sump pump to get rid of excess water to prevent flooding, a prolonged power outage could be catastrophic.  Considering that power outages occur mostly due to severe weather, a generator would allow your home to stay dry, be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  To have TV and lights is something that wouldn’t hurt during an outage too.  Although generators are installed by electricians they do need a gas line to operate.  We hope you will consider Affordable A-Jay Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc when you are ready for installation.


Flood Alarm

There’s a great gadget that is incredibly simple yet has so many benefits.  It is a flood alarm, also known as water alarm.  It is battery operated and is put in an area which has potential for flooding, such as a basement, hot water heater or boiler area.  If water gets on the floor the alarm senses it and sounds a loud beeping alarm.  This way, what ever the issue is it can be addressed as soon as it occurs and puts the homeowner in control of the situation.  There are plenty of times when we as professionals show up to a house and see that there was a leak, which occurred for quite a prolonged period of time and the homeowner had no idea.  We recommend to put one of those by your hot water heater / boiler area because it is a high risk of flooding.  We keep these stocked with us in our trucks so ask for it next time you see us.

Replacing Old Water Pipes

If you own a house 60 years plus old, please pay attention to the water pipes.  At certain time period a lot of houses were built with galvanized piping.  60 plus years later those pipes are extremely corroded, and get clogged with rust and debris.  I really suggest to get rid of as much of these as possible.  Pictured below is a small section of this pipe.  You can see how rusty and filthy that pipe is.  Oh did I mention that these pipes are very prone to leaking?  One of the options for potable water piping is polyethylene, also known as PEX.  It has tons of advantages over other piping including copper.  PEX piping is flexible unlike any other piping and since it is non metal it will not corrode.  Due to it’s great flexibility it is more resistant to busted pipes due to freezing.  Also this piping is available in red and blue colors to let you know which pipe is hot and cold.

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Heat pump installation Rockland NY

What is a heat pump you may ask?  A heat pump is an air conditioning condenser unit (the one outside) that has built to have the ability to work in reverse.  Have you ever come up to the condenser unit in the summer and felt how hot the air coming out of it was?  Well that air can be harnessed for heating your house.  Heat pumps operate quite efficiently in mild temperatures and are more efficient than gas or electric heat.  However when outdoor temperatures approach freezing mark, heat pumps drastically lose their efficiency.  Typically a heat pump is used with secondary heat such as a gas furnace or electric heat to give you all year climate comfort.  If you currently have forced air heating and cooling and considering an upgrade, a heat pump is an excellent choice.  Below are pictures of a heat pump installation we did a couple of weeks ago.

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How often to change filters on Heating Furnace and Air Conditioning systems

“How often should we change our filters on the heating and air conditioning system?” The answer is not so simple.  Thing is every house and every situation is different.  Sometimes it must be changed every 2-3 weeks and sometimes one can go 4 months with out changing the filter once.

Here is how you can determine this for yourself.  This will require some testing and keeping track on your part though.  But let’s start from beginning, why does one need air filters.  First and foremost filters clean the air you breathe.  So a clean filter benefits your health greatly.  Second, a dirty filter gets clogged and become not as porous (that may not be the proper term, but I’ll stick with the term).  An HVAC system is designed to move a certain minimum amount of air per given period of time.  Perhaps for heating furnace that is not as critical as it is for air conditioning.  An air conditioning air handler coil contains refrigerant that boils at a very low temperature (r-22 -41.62°F and R410A  -55.3°F) So when it enters the coil it must be warmed up with a certain amount of airflow to prevent it from freezing.  By having a dirty/ clogged filter airflow is reduced, which gives it a “frozen coil” effect, which if unchecked can create severe problems.

So, that being said the best thing to do is keep the filters clean and changed as often as needed.  How often?  We’ll get to that in a sec.  Being to a lot of houses I can tell you that the situation is different per house.  Kids and pets tend to create dust.  Bigger houses will tend to have more dust.  How clean is the house?  How much foot traffic? and etc.

Now that you understand why here’s the how.  Check your system’s filter every week from new change.  Count how many weeks it took to get to lightly dirty. Do not wait until its opaque.  There are different types of filters.  The pleated ones will trap more and smaller dust particles, but will get clogged much quicker.  The cheaper “Brillo” looking ones are more forgiving but will let more dust through.  They will each get dirty at different rates. Remember that a consistent filter change will enhance the performance and prolong the life of your HVAC system.