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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.

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So you have decided to have a new HVAC system installed in your home or business. While you are waiting for your new unit to arrive, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect during the installation process. As such, we would like to discuss the things that normally take place during heating installation to help put your mind at ease.

 

Prior to Your Appointment

Prior to your appointment, you should receive a phone call confirming the date and time of your installation.

 

Day of your Appointment

When our technicians arrive, they will be driving a truck with our company logo and will also be dressed in our company uniform. Next, they will place protective coverings over your floor and furniture to keep dust and debris from damaging them.
Power will be shut off to your existing unit prior to installation. This means that you will be temporarily without heat. Keep in mind that our technicians must make multiple trips in and out of your home, and may even need to leave your door propped open for an extended period of time while removing your old furnace. This could leave your house a bit colder than normal, which is why we recommend you have a sweater or blanket handy.

 

Installation Process

Your new unit will be brought inside and fitted to its opening. You may notice a slight bit of noise coming from the power tools that are needed to secure your furnace properly into place; however, this should not distract you doing things such as reading or watching television.
Once everything is attached, our technicians will perform a final check of everything and then allow you to inspect their work. The entire process will take between four to eight hours.
Here at M&M Mechanical, our goal is to make heating installation as pain-free as possible. For friendly, efficient service in Northern Virginia please contact us.

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There are days during the late fall and winter when the furnace never seems to turn off, and homeowners may be concerned whether that’s normal. One of the biggest things to take note of is changes in the way your heating system operates. If it runs longer than usual, has trouble heating your home, or sounds different, you may want to call for furnace repair.

 
A furnace that runs almost non-stop is not necessarily a bad thing. Furnaces are sized so that it can heat your home to 70 degrees on the coldest day. So, if you notice it running non-stop on some of the coldest days of the year, it’s probably just doing its job.

 
There are other possibilities though, and if your furnace continues to run even when the temperature warms up outside, there are some things you can check.

 

  • First, inspect your air filters. Clogged filters can make the furnace run inefficiently and improperly.
  • Next, look into your thermostat. It’s possible that it either needs to be replaced, or relocated to a different location in the home. If it’s installed in a colder room, it may be calling for heat when you don’t really need it.

 

There are also non-furnace issues to consider. Maybe you need to check into your insulation situation. Perhaps the house needs to be sealed better around problem areas such as windows, doors, or electrical outlets. If cold air is getting in, it’s probably causing the furnace to run more frequently.

 
Another frequent issue is an improperly-sized furnace. If the heating system is too big, homeowners often notice it cycling on shortly after it turned off. Unfortunately, bigger isn’t always better.

 
Since there are many different factors in a furnace that runs a lot, it’s always a good idea to have it looked at by a qualified professional at least once a year. That will ensure your furnace is running efficiently, and ready to keep you warm on the coldest days of the winter.