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During the cooling season, arriving home to a scorching hot house means one very frustrating fact; your air conditioner has stopped working. Unfortunately, when your unit is on the older side, it may also indicate that it’s time to start shopping for a new system. While avoiding a complete breakdown isn’t always possible, there are signs that can help you determine when your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. If you’re not sure what to look for, don’t worry, we’ve created a list of symptoms that suggest your system is on its way out.

Age

Your air conditioner’s age plays a huge part in whether or not your system needs replacing. Most units have a life span of 12 to 15 years. However, improper maintenance can end-up shortening your appliance’s life expectancy. On the other hand, routine maintenance, such as a yearly tune-up from an HVAC specialist can increase the years that your air conditioner is in use. If your system is on the older side, you may want to start shopping around for a new air conditioner now, instead of waiting for your unit to break down.

Noisy Operation

While a loud air conditioner can indicate a number of malfunctions, it can also signal that your system is about to die, especially if you’ve had your unit for 12 years or more. Grinding and loud banging sounds are particularly concerning and often announce a serious malfunction.

Increased Energy Cost

While a drastic increase in your energy bill most definitely reveals an issue with your air conditioner, a slow but steady upward trend also suggests that your system is on the decline. Once again, if your system is older and your energy bills are starting to get out of hand, it’s time to consider replacing your unit.

A Need for Constant Repairs

If your air conditioner needs one repair after another, you’re probably spending too much money and would benefit from investing in a new system. While the money spent on a new unit may seem daunting at first, it’s important to remember that you’ll be saving money on repairs in the long run.

If you’re worried your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life, but aren’t quite sure if it’s time to give-up on the unit, please contact us and we will inspect the system before you make a final decision.

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Want your home to cool off quicker, have a more efficient air conditioning system, and save money on your energy bills? Here are six tips for accomplishing said goals.

Close the Shades

If your home gets a lot of sunlight, your air conditioning system will have to work harder in order to keep your home feeling cool. Since the sun’s rays will heat up your home, consider closing the curtains or the shades to keep it from shining through your windows. You don’t need to make your home dark; simply adjusting the shades slightly will do wonders.

Cook at Night

Cooking and baking can really contribute to the warmth in your kitchen. Consider cooking in the evening when it is already cool outside. If you do need to cook during the day, use an exhaust fan to move the hot air outside.

Insulate Your Home

Insulating your home is not just for keeping your home warm during the winter. Proper insulation can also prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering during the summer. Make sure the doors and windows are properly sealed too!

Avoid Humidity

Oftentimes, the reason you are sweating away is not because of the temperature itself but because of the extreme humidity. If you keep the air in your home dry, you will often feel a lot better. Use a dehumidifier to dry out your home.

Get a Tune-up

It’s important that you get a regular tune-up to make sure that your AC system is working properly. This way, you can spot any issues and have them repaired right away. We encourage you to contact us.

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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.