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With summer’s sizzling days ahead, it’s a relief to know that we have AC to keep us cool and comfortable. The summer weather can be great and fun, but I’m sure we can all agree that we don’t want the inside of our home to feel the same as it does outside.

If your home isn’t providing the escape it should be from the outside heat, it may be in your best interest to contact a reliable air conditioning contractor. If you need convincing on why you should contact a professional, here are three reasons why:

They know just how to get the air back to being cold

When hiring a specialized air conditioning contractor, you can rest assured that your air conditioner will be in good hands and you’ll be back to a cool home in no time. Why? AC contractors are trained and therefore have acquired the necessary certification that allows them to successfully work on your air conditioning unit. Not only do contractors obtain formal training to be certified, many are also licensed. A good contractor will often carry on with their education in order to keep up to date on the latest air conditioning units and industry news. Given that, they’re good at what they do!

They will explain the issue and provide you with options

Most people will want to know what went wrong and why it happened, instead of just having the issue fixed without background information. A specialized AC contractor will be sure to provide you with this information and answer your questions.

They get the job done promptly

On top of experience and industry knowledge, an AC contractor also has access to parts and tools that a homeowner can’t acquire on their own. The majority of HVAC supply stores will require a person has a contractor’s license if they seek to buy the items that are necessary to fix a unit. A certified, licensed contractor secures the parts needed to fix your unit within an appropriate fashion.

Contact M&M Mechanical for your cooling needs! We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you may have on the topic of this blog.

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Routine tune-ups can lengthen the life of your air conditioning unit and protect any warranties or guarantees that are in effect. This regularly scheduled care not only keeps your home or office comfortable during the warmest seasons, it allows you to budget for many of the repairs or upgrades necessary in the future. Here are three ways that a regularly scheduled air conditioning tune-up saves time and money:

  1. Yearly visual inspections by a knowledgeable HVAC professional allow you to keep your warranties, guarantees, and service commitments intact. Many companies require certified specialists handle the regular care and maintenance in order to meet their requirements. Whether they cover parts and labor, or just parts, these contracts offer benefits that can help save money on the future care of your unit.
  2. Coils and fins gather dust, dirt, and debris over the year. This accumulation of grime decreases efficiency. HVAC specialists have the right tools and equipment necessary to clean up your AC in less time. They can also identify damaged or missing components that may prevent optimal performance. This saves money on future repairs and keeps your energy costs within your expectations.
  3. Central air conditioning systems require flushing and cleaning leaving behind contaminants that require specialized care and disposal. Licensed HVAC teams have a system in place that meets local and state safety standards. This is faster, cheaper, easier, and safer than trying to tackle the work yourself and then taking it to a local landfill or processing facility for disposal.

Keep your air conditioning units running with regularly scheduled care by a professional HVAC technician; they have access to up-to-date technologies and information that improves the efficiency of your unit while meeting your budget requirements. This saves you the hassle of adding another chore to your list and keeps you informed about future repairs so that you can plan ahead.

Contact us at M&M Mechanical, Inc. today!

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Spring is in full bloom, and with it comes the tradition of deep cleaning your home. Most spring cleaning to-do-lists lack one extremely important task, and that is prepping your air conditioner for the cooling season. If you don’t know how or where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. The list provided below will guide you through the process of readying your air conditioner for the summer.

The Air Filter
The filter in your air conditioner stops airborne particles and allergens from polluting your home. If you don’t change the filter on a regular basis, your home’s air quality will suffer. While poor air quality is reason enough to change your air conditioner’s filter, an overworked unit is another important factor. When the air filter is left dirty, your unit will struggle to cool your home, meaning the system will end-up running for longer periods of time. Not only does this affect its efficiency and your energy bill, but it also shortens the life of your air conditioner. Changing the filter once a month will ensure your air is clean and your unit is running efficiently.

Check the Outside Condenser Unit
During the off-season, branches, leaves and dirt can land on and around your outdoor condenser unit. This can lead to an air flow obstruction. Simply clear the area of all debris before turning your air conditioner on for the summer.

Schedule a Tune-Up
Hiring a HVAC professional to tune-up your air conditioner in the spring before the cooling season starts is always recommended. Your system works hard during the summer and without proper maintenance it can unexpectedly breakdown. A HVAC technician will clean and inspect your unit. If they find any worn-out parts, or possible malfunctions they will alert you to the problem and suggest the appropriate solution. Yearly tune-ups ensure your system is running efficiently and prolongs the life expectancy of your unit.

A properly maintained air conditioner is key to staying cool this summer. If you would like to schedule an A/C tune-up this spring, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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Today’s central heating and air conditioning systems are often equipped with sophisticated, digital thermostats. These devices do much more than analog, dial-type thermostats or those that depend on mercury for operation.

However, the one drawback to digital thermostats is that they often use batteries to function. Without internal batteries, digital thermostats won’t work and could leave you without heat or cool air. Fortunately, battery replacement is usually a simple and fast process, and homeowners can perform it without fear once they know how to safely handle the replacement.

How to Replace Batteries

Battery replacement should be performed as needed, but you should also replace them on an annual basis, at the very least. That will prevent any unexpected thermostat failures, especially during the coldest or hottest times of the year.

If you have your thermostat’s instructions handy, then you should review them prior to attempting a battery change. If not, you may be able to locate an electronic copy online at the manufacturer’s website for download and viewing.

Begin by shutting down the power to the thermostat and central heating and air conditioning system. The voltage levels inside the thermostat are fairly low and incapable of shocking you; however, you should always flip off the appropriate circuit breaker switch at the panel to prevent accidental surges which could damage the system.

Next, consult the thermostat instructions to determine how to access the battery compartment. Many times, the compartment can be accessed by simply pulling the front panel away from the base, or you may have to lift-and-slide the panel to remove it. There may also be occasions when screws need to be removed to permit access.

After the panel has been removed, take out the old batteries and replace them with fresh, alkaline batteries. Be sure the batteries are properly aligned for polarity, with the positive and negative terminals facing the correct directions.

Replace the panel as instructed and then restore power to the thermostat at the circuit breaker panel. You may need to reprogram the thermostat to recover previous settings.

Please contact us with any questions or service needs that you may have.

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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.