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Many property owners often forget to budget regular maintenance for the heating units in their homes and buildings. This often leads to expensive furnace repairs that could have been prevented. Here are three indications that you may need to service your furnace soon.

  1. When your furnace turns on and off frequently it may not be getting enough fuel or have improper airflow. A skilled technician can test your intake and check for clogged nozzles. Trained specialists often have these parts on hand and can replace them when they do an annual cleaning to prevent additional visits and extra charges later.
  2. Malfunctioning thermostats can cause the furnace to run even when you do not need it. This increases your energy bills and can add to the wear and tear on the motor and fan. Routine care can help identify the age and condition of these parts and give you time to plan for their replacement saving you time, money, and stress.
  3. It is very important to have the right airflow for your furnace to work efficiently. Filters that are full of dirt, dust, and debris prevent the air from entering the unit making it work harder to meet your needs. When this happens, it often damages the limit switch that controls the fan.

While these seem like small maintenance steps that you can do yourself, a trained technician, such as a technician with M&M Mechanical, has the equipment necessary to identify issues that may go unnoticed during the course of the year. Their recommendations can be the difference between a few minor repairs now and a new furnace in the middle of winter.

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Many property owners often forget to budget regular maintenance for the heating units in their homes and buildings. This often leads to expensive furnace repairs that could have been prevented. Here are three indications that you may need to service your furnace soon.

  1. When your furnace turns on and off frequently it may not be getting enough fuel or have improper airflow. A skilled technician can test your intake and check for clogged nozzles. Trained specialists often have these parts on hand and can replace them when they do an annual cleaning to prevent additional visits and extra charges later.
  2. Malfunctioning thermostats can cause the furnace to run even when you do not need it. This increases your energy bills and can add to the wear and tear on the motor and fan. Routine care can help identify the age and condition of these parts and give you time to plan for their replacement saving you time, money, and stress.
  3. It is very important to have the right airflow for your furnace to work efficiently. Filters that are full of dirt, dust, and debris prevent the air from entering the unit making it work harder to meet your needs. When this happens, it often damages the limit switch that controls the fan.

While these seem like small maintenance steps that you can do yourself, a trained technician has the equipment necessary to identify issues that may go unnoticed during the course of the year. Their recommendations can be the difference between a few minor repairs now and a new furnace in the middle of winter. Questions? Contact M&M Mechanical! We’re furnace repair specialists in Lorton, VA.

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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.