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As warmer weather arrives, many homeowners start to think about spring cleaning. One important part of spring cleaning that is often overlooked is your HVAC system. A properly-functioning air conditioner is a critical part of keeping your home comfortable and should therefore be part of your spring cleaning schedule. The following maintenance tasks will help your air conditioner to keep your home cool throughout the spring and summer.

Replace your air filters. Replacing the air filters on a regular basis is one of the most important HVAC maintenance tasks. Dirty air filters increase energy costs and lead to poor indoor air quality in your home, which can become a health hazard. You should replace your air filters once a month.

Clean the unit’s condenser coils and evaporator coils. Dirty coils will lower the system’s ability to keep your home cool. This will cause your unit to run longer and lead to higher cooling costs.  Therefore, it is important to clean your coils to keep your unit performing its best.

Check your air conditioner’s refrigerant level. If you don’t have the correct amount of refrigerant, your system will run less efficiently. This will increase your energy costs and shorten the life of your unit.

Clean the ductwork. Your ductwork should be cleaned and tested for leaks. Leaks in your ductwork reduce the efficiency of your HVAC unit. If you do not keep up with this task, your air conditioner will run longer in order to keep up with the air that has leaked out out.

Schedule an air conditioning tune-up. A preventive check now can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Don’t wait until the heat of summer to find out that your air conditioner isn’t working properly. Make an appointment for an HVAC inspection. Your technician will check your HVAC system and ensure that it’s running at optimal levels.

Do you have any questions? We would love to help you out and therefore encourage you to contact us at M&M Mechanical, Inc.

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Cold winter weather is a part of life in Virginia. Unfortunately, temperatures forecast to be cold enough to warrant firing up the furnace are an opportunity for scammers to go door-to-door in search of a quick and easy payday. Anyone who has lived through a Virginia winter knows exactly what we’re talking about.

Heating contractor scams are pretty common in cold weather states. We strongly dislike them for a couple of reasons. First, scammers harm our customers by taking their money without providing the promised repairs. Second, those same scammers give a black eye to an entire industry that otherwise looks out for people.

In order to help you prepare yourself for the next round of cold weather, we have put together a list of five signs that suggest you might be the victim of a heating repair scam. If you recognize any of them during your negotiations with a heating contractor, don’t proceed any further. Stop and report the scammer to the authorities.

1. A Lack of Documentation

You can never go wrong by asking a contractor to show proof of licensing and insurance. Licensing is one way to weed out bad actors, and scammers that typically don’t spend money on insurance policies. Any contractor who refuses to show you proper documentation is one you should stay away from.

2. Lowball Estimates

It is common to see some variation in price when you ask for estimates from several contractors. Remember this: there is a general industry price range for typical heating work. If a contractor offers you an extremely low estimate that seems too good to be true, it very well might be. Remain cautious.

Lowball estimates could mean one of two things. First, you might be dealing with a scammer looking only to put some quick cash in his pocket. Second, you might be dealing with a legitimate contractor who, despite not looking to scam you, may still do very shoddy work.

3. Requests for Cash Deposits

One of the biggest red flags signifying a scam is a request for a significant cash deposit. The scammer may claim to need the money to secure the materials necessary to do the work. Don’t fall for it. Reputable contractors work out their own credit plans with suppliers in order to secure what they need for each job.

4. Unwillingness to Provide References

Trustworthy contractors are not afraid to provide references. The scammer won’t offer references for obvious reasons. Always ask for them, and then be sure to follow up on the names and phone numbers you’re given. References can tell you a lot about the quality of work your contractor will provide. In the event that those references are fake then you will know soon enough.

5. Unwillingness to Provide a Contract

Finally, scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners are relatively light on the details they are willing to divulge. Ask for a written contract and they are likely to hem and haw. No scammer wants to leave a paper trail behind. If you ask for a contract and then sense unwillingness to provide one, walk away from the deal.

It is unfortunate that cold weather has to bring out scammers more than willing to prey on people who need help. We are proud to say that you don’t have to worry about being scammed when you contact us. M&M Mechanical is a reputable heating and air conditioning company approved as an Angie’s List provider and A+ rated by the BBB.

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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!