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Heating and air system malfunctions can wreak havoc on a family’s monthly budget. When a heating or cooling appliance goes out or malfunctions, this is just not something you plan on. Fortunately, there are affordable options when you need to replace your heating unit without causing you to take out a second mortgage to pay for it!

In recent years heat and cooling system have become much more technologically advanced and more focused on using less energy. Perhaps you are thinking that you would like to replace your heat and air unit with something more energy-efficient. Depending upon the type of home you have, a service technician will be able to offer energy-efficient heating and cooling suggestions based upon the type of home you have and the square footage to be heated and cooled.

Affordable energy-efficient options, such as a new heat pump, could drastically decrease your energy bill. Heating installation of a new furnace will be worth it by the drastic savings you will see on your heating bill.

Regardless of the type of heating and air system you have installed, be sure to ask any questions you may have about how to operate the system. Also, make sure it is functioning properly before the technician leaves. The money you spend on a new and more efficient heat and air system will result in tremendous savings on your heating and cooling bills.

If you’ve become frustrated with a furnace that isn’t working, it’s time to contact M&M Mechanical, we’re professional heating experts. We will help you find the best furnace options for your home and budget.

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Winter is definitely here and if you are freezing your buns off at home, then you might be thinking about repairing or replacing your worn-out furnace. Which one is the better option though? In other words, which one will be both effective and economic at the same time? Well, that depends on the present condition of your furnace and how much it will cost to repair it as opposed to replacing it.

The standard rule of thumb is if your furnace has been burning for more than three-quarters of its life-expectancy and the repair costs would be more than one-third of its replacement cost, then it would make perfect sense to buy a new one.

How do I know how long my furnace’s lifespan is? Glad you asked. You can check the label or ask your furnace contractor about the manufacturer date in order to figure out how long your furnace is supposed to live. As a general rule, most furnaces work effectively for 15 to 20 years. However, if your furnace is properly maintained through regular furnace servicing and is of high-quality to begin with, it is possible to squeeze out 5 to 6 more years of heating use from it.

Cost Efficiency VS Cost Effectiveness

Here is a furnace fact that might help you with the furnace repair vs replace decision-making process. Getting a new furnace is definitely going to cut down on your heating costs. Today’s furnaces, while more expensive, can burn fuel at an 80%- 98% efficiency rate. This means that your new furnace will probably run $1,000-$2,000 extra but at the same time can save you roughly $300 a year. So, if your new furnace is able to stay healthy within the next 5-7 years, the added savings will make up for the added costs. That is a big if though, as well as a long time to wait and see if your investment pans out.

A Cheaper Way

Minor repairs on your furnace plus securing your ducts could be the way to go. Believe it or not, the effectiveness of your heating furnace does not necessarily reflect its efficiency. The tubes that carry the heated air from your furnace to every room in your house might have leaks, and therefore heated air could be escaping into your attic or roof instead of the areas in your house you need it the most.

Just how much heated air is wasted due to un-secure ducts? A whopping 1/3rd of heated air leaks into attics, basements, and crawl spaces because of faulty ducts.

The solution to this problem, however, is rather simple. Your heating contractor can easily secure your ducts by removing insulation, sealing up any gaps, and reinstalling the insulation securely so that the problem never occurs again, or at least for a long time.

This simple furnace repair service, although not exactly dealing with your furnace directly, can save you time, money, and energy looking for a needless new one. Besides that, it will save you roughly 20% on heating and cooling bills, which definitely beats the pants off the savings a new, more efficient furnace can provide.
At M&M Mechanical, we are dedicated to helping each of our customers get the full value of their furnace. Thank you in advance for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today for more information.

 

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Winter is here and heating season is upon us. Is your heating system ready to carry you through the season?

 
Now is a great time to have your heating system inspected and “tuned up” so that it doesn’t let you down on a cold winter’s night. In fact, you should make it part of your autumn routine to have a professional perform maintenance on your heating system, just as you have your car tuned up and the oil changed regularly. Here’s checklist of things you can do yourself or with help from a heating professional:

  • Change your heater’s air filter as recommended by the manufacturer. This will keep your system from having to work too hard, save energy, and extend its life.
  • If your heating system is old, you should think about replacing it with a new, more efficient model. You’ll cut monthly fuel consumption and lower your bill.
  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider getting one. Then, you can set it to turn the heat down while you’re at work or away, and at night while you sleep, and turn it back up before you’re due back home or before you get up in the morning.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, reverse the switch so that air flows up, toward the ceiling. This will force warm air back down to the living area, where it’s needed.
  • Make sure all of your heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture to ensure that warm air is distributed evenly through your home.

Call M&M Mechanical, Inc. We’ve got the credentials to ensure quality service, and a reputation you can trust. We also offer 24/7 emergency service, which is an absolute essential when it comes to a problem with your heating system! Give us a call today at (703) 751-1011.

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It’s important to know when you should contact a heating contractor. Having a professional come to look at your heating system can provide you with a lot of insight and ensure that you always have quality heating.

Schedule a Repair

Whether you are having problems with an HVAC system, a furnace, or something else in your home, you can rely on a contractor to provide a repair. The professional will come out, inspect the system, and tell you what is going on. A repair can then be done so that your system is back up and running quickly.

Receive a Recommendation

If you have thought about upgrading the heating within your home, a contractor can provide you with recommendations on a new system. If you don’t have any system, they can also talk to you about what your options are. This allows you to learn about what’s new within the market and determine what fits within your budget.

Save on Energy

Energy bills can be significant, and if you find that you spend a lot of money throughout the winter months, it may be time to call a contractor. They can explore the settings on your heating system and provide you with suggestions on how to reduce the amount of energy you use in order to heat your home.
Here at M&M Mechanical, our goal is to make heating maintenance as pain-free as possible. Scheduled maintenance can make it even easier to have access to a contractor whenever you need the assistance. Contact us today for more information.

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Each year, there are issues that pop up that mean homeowners pay more than they should for furnace repair. An ounce of prevention gives a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and this is especially true for a furnace. However, the reason you need to schedule a home heating service tune-up this fall might surprise you. To get a better understanding of why a simple inspection and maintenance session with your local heating repair specialist is so important, keep reading.

Winter is the worst time for ordering parts

 
Too often, homeowners and businesses are waiting on a replacement part for a repair, and the shipment is held up due to the holidays or bad weather. Unfortunately, since there is no central heat while the part is on order, there will need to be extra space heaters used to keep pipes from freezing. Alternatively, forming a relationship with a local heating repair contractor will give them a chance to tune-up your machine so it is less likely to give out during winter. In some cases, if there is a part that looks like it might break in the near future, your heating contractor can pre-order the part so you are less likely to be left without heating.

Let us help you with your furnace tune-up

 
At M&M Mechanical, we are dedicated to helping each of our customers get the full value of their heater by providing the required regular inspections and maintenance. Thank you in advance for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today for more information.