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In an ideal world, your water heater would never need to be replaced. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Before calling in the cavalry, take a look at these five tips for selecting a new water heater for your home!

  1. Do Your Research: You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing the details, would you? So, spend some time educating yourself about the different types of water heaters on the market before going into the shopping process. You’ll thank yourself later when you get into the nitty gritty of the shopping and selection process!
  2. Costs: Before you make this important purchase, make sure to factor in not only the initial cost of the water heater, but the annual operating cost of each unit. Make sure to compare those costs with other units.
  3. Fuel Type: Are you aware of the type of fuel used in your area? Electrical water heaters are widely used in the U.S. but others use natural gas, solar energy or propane! Look into what type of fuel is available in your area; it may narrow your water heater search even more.
  4. Size: The size of your water heater should be proportional to the amount of hot water you need for your household. Revisit the types of water heaters, and try to determine how big a water heater you’ll need for your home before setting your sites on a new heater.
  5. Energy Efficiency: If you look into energy efficient water heaters before you begin the shopping process, you might be able to choose a water heater much quicker than you had originally thought! These energy saving water heaters are much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly.

If you’re still unsure or need advice on how to go about buying a water heater that is appropriately sized for your home call us at M&M Mechanical! Our trained experts can walk you through the process of purchasing, installing and maintaining a new water heater with ease. Schedule your appointment today!

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Your furnace is a huge investment, and can also come with unexpected costs if you don’t take care of it properly. Here are some signs that it might be time for you to stop paying for those repairs every month and invest in a replacement.

Furnace Life Span: Did you know the average life span of a furnace is 15-20 years? If yours is older than that, it’s definitely time to consider replacing it! If you’re not sure how old your furnace is, give us a call – we can help!

Unexpected Costs: Do you find yourself making frequent unexpected repair payments because of your furnace? It might be time to think about buying a new one. In the end, it could be saving you bundles!

Utility Bills: If you’ve compared your heating bills with your neighbors and found yours are significantly more expensive, it could be a sign that your furnace needs to be replaced.

What’s That Noise: Older furnaces sometimes make some odd noises as they get near the end of their lifespan. Have you heard any banging, rattling, popping or squealing noises coming from your furnace? If this is the case, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.

Air Quality: Is there too much dust in your home? Old furnaces can cause your home to accumulate more dust than it normally should. If you’ve noticed your family suffers from allergies a lot more during the winter, it might be time to replace your furnace.

All of the above may mean that it’s time for you to invest in a new furnace. If you’re unsure or nervous about taking the jump, just give us a call – we’d be happy to go over the benefits and costs of upgrading!

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Here in Lorton, VA, it no longer feels like fall! It isn’t officially winter until December 21st, but the weather has definitely said otherwise! Now that the chilly nights have turned into frigid nights, it’s time to get your home really prepared for the nights where it’s just too cold to step outside! Here at M&M Mechanical we want to make sure that your home is ready by offering you a few tips:

Trial Run: If you haven’t already, turn on your fireplace and do a test run. Even if you’re not ready to turn it on for good – a trial run will make sure that everything is working fine and will be ready for when you really need it!

Exterior Faucets: Water left in your pipes can freeze as the weather drops. To avoid this, disconnect all garden hoses and draining the water that remains inside them.

Mow Your… Leaves: Have you ever thought of mowing your leaves instead of raking them? Smaller pieces of the leaves are very healthy for your lawn especially right before it snows.

Stock Up: Don’t wait last minute to go out and buy salt or shovels for this winter season! If it’s anything like last year’s winter – you’ll need it.

Save Money: If you were unhappy with your heating bills last season, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will help you save money on your utility bills!

Lower the Temp: Taking a nice vacation to get away from the cold this winter? Don’t turn your heat off – keep it at 55 degrees.

Clean Your Gutters: With fall season comes lots of leaves – be sure to clear your gutter before this snowy season so you can avoid leaks and ice dams.

And of course, make sure that an M&M Mechanical technician has given your HVAC system a full inspection and tune-up! The last thing you want is for your furnace to malfunction after the freezing temperatures set in! Schedule your service call today!

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Bob Stachoviak - Parts & Warehouse ManagerBob has been with M&M Mechanical for over 20 years. In addition to his role as Parts & Warehouse Manager, his duties also include procuring permits and assisting installation and service technicians with jobs that require additional manpower.

Bob is an extremely hardworking, dedicated employee with the highest integrity.

M&M Mechanical wishes to thank Bob for his unwavering dedication to making M&M the professional and honest company it is today. Thank you for your long and dedicated service, Bob!

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Here are a few tips from us to you to ensure you get the most out of a visit from M&M Mechanical!

We Love Details: When an M&M technician arrives at your home, be ready to tell them everything that has happened with your system, even the littlest details. The more information we know, the easier it will be to detect any problems and fix them!

Corral Your Pets: Make sure your pets are in a separate room. We love pets here at M&M Mechanical and we will most definitely say hello to your furry animal, but our tools are too dangerous for animals to be around.

Clear the Way: Wherever your system is located, make sure that we are able to get to it easily. We’ll be the most efficient if we don’t have to spend time physically getting to the unit!

Check Your Filters: Before you call us, check your air filter! This is the most common cause of problems with heating or air conditioning systems and an easy fix on your end.

Questions, Questions, Questions: Before our technician arrives, make sure to write down all of the questions you need to ask us. That way, once the technician is there, you won’t forget anything!

Now that you know how to get ready for us, schedule your service call today!