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As a homeowner, you know that there are just some things which are essential. One of those main items is an air conditioning unit. Decades ago, people somehow managed to live without air conditioning, but now it’s one of the first things homeowners, renters, and even guests ask about. AC units work hard and behind the scenes to keep your home cool and circulating fresh air. However, when the unit is compromised for any reason, it could be detrimental to your health and hit your pockets hard. Here are 4 reasons why yearly AC maintenance during the springtime is crucial.

Enhanced Air Quality

Clean air is important for all. However, individuals who suffer with allergies are more susceptible to severe conditions when clean air is compromised. When AC filters in the home get clogged with dust and dirt, allergens and other particles enter the home and often cause breathing problems. Most people with seasonal allergies begin to notice problems with the quality of air during springtime.

Increased Comfort

Your cooling needs vary from day to day, and because of this your HVAC unit needs to be able to adjust to deliver air the best temperature. AC units with condenser failure, dirty evaporator coils, worn out thermostats, leaks, and dirt will not function properly. The unit will not be able to cool your home, causing the system to work overtime and possibly fail. It is best to recognize the problems early to avoid a system failure in the middle of summertime.

Lower Energy Costs

An air conditioning unit that is not functioning at its best works extremely hard. When this happens, the system is put at risk to overheat and ultimately fail, but it also can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. To keep this from happening, yearly maintenance is crucial. Technicians will check the unit for problems and fix the things that need prompt attention. The goal is to keep your air quality at its best and your AC unit operating in tip-top shape year round.

Long-Lasting Units

Most HVAC systems today are designed on average to last 15 to 20 years. However, they have to be properly maintained yearly. Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your unit to call an HVAC specialist. To find out more about keeping your air quality in your home safe to breathe, schedule a spring routine maintenance by contacting us today.

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Summer is around the corner, and you want your home to stay cool without breaking the bank with sky-high utility bills. Of course, you already know to keep your shades pulled, cook in the morning and evening, and don’t run things like your dryer during the hottest parts of the day. Even when you do all of these things, there are common air conditioning problems that can cause your utility bills to rise while keeping the home cool. Here’s a look at the three most common.

Incorrectly Calibrated Thermostat

You probably don’t think about your thermostat a whole lot. You set a temperature and go about your day. However, if it isn’t calibrated correctly, your air conditioning system can cut on and off at the wrong times. For instance, if you set your thermostat to keep the home 78 degrees, and it’s calibrated incorrectly, it may cut the air conditioning off when it’s 80 degrees. This makes everyone in the home hot, and you keep running down the temperature until your electric bill soars.

Dirty Air Filters

In many cases, you’re enjoying the cool in your home without any idea that your air filter is dirty. You might wonder why your utility bill is so high and shrug it off as the cost of summer. However, when your air filter is dirty enough to clog, it causes the motor to run hotter and harder, driving up your utility bills.

Frozen Air Compressor

In the simplest terms, your air conditioner works by drawing the home’s air into the system, runs it over a super cold air compressor and sends the chilled air back into the house. When the coils in the air compressor freeze, the air no longer cools. However, the air conditioner continues to run.

The good news is that there are many simple, easily fixable solutions to these problems. M&M Mechanical, Inc. can help you fix these common problems when they occur. You can also lower your chances of problems with regular maintenance that includes clean air filters and other essential services. Contact us today for more information.

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Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, as a responsible homeowner, you need to keep the health of your AC in mind. Like all HVAC systems, your air conditioning requires an annual inspection (and, most likely, a tune-up) to keep it in excellent condition and to comply with the terms of the air conditioning system’s warranty, if applicable. A quick tune-up can save you a lot of trouble, time and money in the long-run.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Even if your AC seems fine, you should still have it inspected by a licensed HVAC technician annually. A licensed technician will conduct a thorough inspection to make sure your AC is in tip-top shape. From checking the motor and the fan blades to the coolant, compressor and the wiring, the technician will go through a detailed checklist to ensure nothing is awry. If any problems are flagged, you have the confidence of knowing that they will be repaired right away, and repaired correctly the first time.

Tell-Tale Signs of Trouble

Unsure if your AC needs help? Here are a few common indicators that point toward a malfunctioning AC:

  • Poor air circulation
  • The AC does not respond to the thermostat when adjusted
  • Loud noise when in operation
  • Excessively high energy costs
  • Water leaks from the back of the unit

The Benefits of a Tune-Up

What are the benefits of having a professional HVAC technician conduct a tune-up? Here are some, to name a few:

  • Better air quality – the vents and various component parts are thoroughly cleaned
  • The filter will probably be replaced, thus eliminating pet hair, dust, dirt and other allergens
  • The AC will operate more efficiently, thus reducing your energy bills
  • You lower the risk of having an AC emergency when the temperature rises

Don’t Wait for an Emergency

In the winter, you don’t want to wait until your furnace fails and you have no heat to call for emergency repairs. Likewise, in the summer, you don’t want to wait until it’s sweltering outside and your AC fails, resulting in dangerously high temperatures within your home.

Instead of waiting for a disaster, contact us today to schedule your next tune-up.

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What could be worse than your furnace turning off unexpectedly on a cold night? Your furnace tripping your circuit breaker is worse, and it’s also pretty inconvenient to have fixed. However, as your circuit breaker is meant to protect your house from dangerous electrical issues, a tripped circuit breaker is vastly preferable to the alternatives. Regardless, you need to fix the issue so you can get the heat on and don’t put your health or your home at risk.

Before troubleshooting the issue, it is important that you don’t just keep flipping the breaker back on. Flip it once, but if it trips again, it is for the best to keep it off.

Why Is The Furnace Tripping the Breaker?

There are two primary reasons your furnace is tripping the circuit breaker every time it tries to kick on. It could be an overloaded circuit in which your furnace is getting too much current. This can happen typically because your circuit breaker is not the correct size to accommodate your furnace’s electrical needs. If you have been doing renovations or recently got a new furnace, then this is likely to happen.

Another reason your furnace is tripping the breaker can be due to a short circuit. This means that something has gone wrong inside your furnace and it is causing the issue. Essentially, your circuit breaker is tripping so that it doesn’t cause any more damage or worse, a fire. If this is why if your breaker keeps tripping, keep the furnace off.

Unfortunately, if either of these issues are manifesting from your furnace, it is not something that you can really fix yourself. If it is an issue with the circuit breaker itself, an electrician will be needed. However, if it is a problem with your furnace, you will want to call a qualified HVAC repair service.

Contact us today and one of our trained HVAC experts can examine your furnace to find what is causing it specifically to trip your circuit breaker every time it switches on.

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When any appliance makes loud noises, it is usually not a good sign. If your furnace is making a loud sound, it means that something is wrong. However, the tricky part is figuring out what part isn’t functioning properly. Calling in a service technician is a quick way of figuring it out, but knowing what your furnace noises likely mean can point them in the right direction.

Blower Motor

When your furnace kicks on, if you hear a loud screeching or rattling noise then it means it is probably time to lubricate the bearings on your blower motor. As the major moving part that forces warm air into your home, it needs frequent lubrication.

Blower Wheel

If you begin to hear the sound of metal scraping on metal, this is one of the most serious sounds you can hear, and it is probably your blower wheel. When metal scraps on metal, it wears everything down quickly. The fan has most likely become loose and it bouncing around in the housing. Turn off your furnace so no further damage is done.

Dirty Burners

Does your furnace make a boom when you turn it on? It’s kind of scary, and you should be concerned about it. That “boom” is essentially the gas building up and then suddenly exploding. In many cases, the burners need cleaning. When the burners are soiled, they can delay the ignition and cause that terrifying noise.

Loose Screws

The vibration from the furnace has a way of loosening screws sometimes. If you hear a slight rattling noise, the most likely culprit is a loose screw somewhere that needs tightening. However, this noise shouldn’t be ignored.

If you can’t find the cause of the noise you’re hearing, it is important to call a service technician at M&M Mechanical, Inc. to track it down. It is not something to be ignored, so contact us today!