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Your furnace is one of the most dependable appliances in your home. However, improper maintenance can cause your furnace to not only breakdown, but to also run inefficiently, meaning higher energy bills and a big dent in your monthly budget. Luckily, you can save your unit from a major malfunction and keep your budget intact by performing a few easy maintenance steps. The tips provided below will keep your system running smoothly and your family warm all winter long.

Get a yearly furnace inspection

Scheduling a yearly furnace check-up is key to safeguarding your system against major repairs. During a tune-up, an HVAC technician will inspect your unit for operational issues and worn components. They will also thoroughly clean your furnace. Both maintenance tasks are essential to your system running safely and efficiently throughout the winter.

Change the air filter

A dirty air filter can lead to an inefficient and overburdened furnace. Simply put, a filter protects your unit’s internal components from dust and other airborne particles. If you do not change the air filter on a regular basis then a build-up of dirt will occur, which can lead to your furnace malfunctioning, while also causing the air quality in your home to drop. Generally, you should change the furnace’s filter at least every three months. However, if you have a pet or a family member with allergies, you may want to replace the filter more frequently.

Clean the area around your furnace

While every inch of storage space in your home is a coveted commodity, the area around your furnace should not be used to stash holiday decorations or cardboard boxes. Clutter surrounding your furnace is a fire hazard and should be eliminated immediately. Vacuuming or sweeping the area on a regular basis is also a must. An overabundance of dirt and dust in the area can eventually affect your furnace’s performance.

A well maintained furnace means less money spent on repair bills and wasted energy. If you would like to schedule a yearly furnace inspection, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you!

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Your home furnace is the most important appliance in your home as it is responsible for ensuring that your property stays warm during the cold winter months. Due to the value of your furnace, making sure that it is functional when it is needed most is extremely important. There are several reasons why you should have an annual furnace service and inspection completed…

Ensures Efficiency
One of the most important reasons why you should have an annual furnace service completed is that it will help to ensure efficiency. Part of the process when you have an annual service completed is that the technician will check all aspects of the furnace to make sure everything is clean and working properly. This will help to improve efficiency and lower your utility bills.

Safety
Having your furnace serviced on an annual basis is also much safer. Part of the process of having your furnace serviced is that the technician will check for gas leaks and other potential hazards. If there is something of concern, the technician will be able to fix it immediately to ensure it continues to be safe to use.

Fix Problems Early
While a furnace can last for a long period of time, they do tend to wear down as the years go on. However, if you have your furnace serviced on an annual basis, you will be able to identify areas of concern and wear and tear early in the process. When you do this, you will be able to have these issues addressed earlier on and can then avoid having to make more significant repairs or replacements in the future. Furthermore, it can greatly extend the useful life of your furnace.
We encourage you to give M&M Mechanical, Inc. a call to get your Annual furnace service scheduled. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have so please don’t hesitate to reach out or visit our website.

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The whipping winds of the season are getting ready to blow through the area as winter approaches. Is your home prepared for the cold and blustery temperatures that are expected? Every year many people come home to a cold house simply because they don’t keep up with regular annual maintenance. There’s nothing worse than arriving home from work to discover the house is cold. A bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way. Here’s how:

Clean out those ducts

When ducts get clogged up with the dust and debris, reduced airflow comes into play. Sometimes, other things that are more troublesome can get stuck in your vents and need to come out. Your experienced HVAC technician will thoroughly inspect your ducts and clean them out, allowing the flow of warm air to once again have free reign.

Inspect the furnace

Since your furnace is a mechanical piece of equipment, it requires periodic inspection to make sure the system is running properly. The thermostat, circuit breaker, blower assembly, and motor all need annual attention to ensure smooth operation.

Know your furnace

When you have regular inspections, your friendly technician will become familiar with your equipment. When something seems a bit out of place or sounds slightly off, he or she will be quick to pick it up. That’s a real plus because catching those little problems early on will save you money in the end.

Filter maintenance

Finally, routine filter maintenance is important to keep your furnace in top operating condition. The technician will make sure your filter and all associated parts are clean and ready for winter.

At M&M Mechanical, Inc. we are dedicated to providing you with outstanding preventative winter maintenance work. Contact us for more information!

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If you’re trying to find ways to save money this winter, why not start with your heating bill. Don’t worry; we won’t suggest setting your thermostat to 60 degrees. There are easier and more practical ways to lower your home’s energy consumption this heating season. To get you started, we’ve listed 5 money-saving tips below.

  1. Take a walk around your home and make sure none of your vents are blocked by furniture. When decorating your home it’s easy to situate a couch or armchair over a vent without considering how the obstructed air flow will affect your energy bill. Unfortunately, the blockage makes it difficult for the air leaving the vent to circulate properly, which translates to money wasted. Before heating your house, simply rearrange your furniture to ensure all your vents are clear of obstructions.
  2. Save money by remembering to close the damper on your fireplace. Forgetting to do so will lead to heated air escaping through your chimney.
  3. A yearly furnace check-up is key to increasing your system’s efficiency and reducing your energy bill. A maintenance plan not only ensures your heating system is functioning effectively, but it also lessens your furnace’s need for costly repairs.
  4. If you’re serious about minimizing energy waste and lowering your heating bill, we suggest scheduling an energy audit for your house. An audit will give you a better understanding of where your home’s weaknesses are, and it will provide you with a strategy to improve the efficiency level of your house.
  5. After your furnace reaches a certain age, its efficiency begins to decline. If your unit is 12 to 15 years old, you’re likely to see a spike in your energy bill, even when your heating choices remain the same each year. Older furnaces are also prone to frequent malfunctions, which can cause a decline in their efficiency. Replacing your furnace with a new one can save you a great deal of money in the years to come.

If minimizing your heating bill this winter is at the top of your to-do-list, please contact M&M Mechanical, Inc. to schedule heating repair in Lorton VA or an energy audit.

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As the warm weather begins to wane and the leaves turn into a riot of colors, you begin to dream of cool winter nights with a lovely fire burning and a warm cup of cocoa. What you’re not dreaming of is shivering under a pile of blankets because your home’s heating system has experienced a problem and stopped working. The best time to schedule regular maintenance on your furnace and heating system is during fall.

Here are a few reasons to consider scheduling a maintenance call with a heating contractor during this lull between extremes.

Save Money

Your heating system uses the air in your home to heat your home. As the system pulls in more air to heat it, the air travels through an air filter. If the air filter gets clogged, the motor in your heating system must work harder and become hotter to heat the air before sending it back out into the house. This causes a rise in your utility bills. One of the many things regular maintenance includes is an air filter change.

Avoid Emergency Repairs

Your house’s heater doesn’t just stop working all of a sudden without warning signs. However, many of these signs are inside the unit where you can’t see them. In many cases, it starts with a small part that needs to be replaced as part of regular maintenance. When you have a fall service call, the technician locates these issues and can therefore help to make the needed repairs so that you don’t require emergency repairs later on.

Help Extend the Life of Your Unit

Your HVAC system lasts between 10 to 15 years, and that’s a large span. How long it actually lasts is the result of a few factors, such as quality of the unit and regular maintenance. Regular maintenance ensures the unit stays cleaner, works more efficiently, and keeps wear and tear on parts to a minimum.

At M&M Mechanical, we’re dedicated to helping you stay warm during the winter months and keeping your HVAC system in great working order. We encourage you to give us a call today to schedule an appointment.