Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Get a New Thermostat—AND a Hundred Bucks Back!

November 13th, 2018

finger-on-thermostatWe know, we know. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? Well, that may usually be the case. We’ve never steered you wrong before, though, and we encourage you to take advantage of this great offer. How often is it that the city pays you? Charlottesville is ready to do just that, and all they ask is that you invest a bit in your home. More specifically, in greening up your home!

If you’re heating your home with natural gas, the city of Charlottesville wants to give you $100 toward the purchase and installation of your very own programmable thermostat. These devices allow you greater control over the way in which you heat your home, helping you to save money and energy while actually living more comfortably! To qualify, you must:

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Yes, You Need Heating Repairs

November 5th, 2018

dog-under-blanketWhen winter hits in Virginia, you don’t want to be counting on an old, unreliable heater to keep you and your family warm. While we may not be setting country-wide records for most frigid winter temperatures, it gets more than cold enough to put a lot of strain on our heating systems throughout the winter season. That is why the right time to schedule any necessary heating repairs is the moment that you suspect there is a problem to begin with.

Or, at least, the moment after you rule out any obvious causes of the problem(s) that you can fix yourself. While we want to stress that actual heating repairs demand the attention of a professional HVAC contractor in Crozet, VA, there are some issues that can cause trouble but which are not really problems requiring professional attention. We want you to understand the difference between them, and some common causes of heating issues to begin with. So read on!

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When to Call in Your Heating Contractor

October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterWhen you live anywhere with temperatures as cold as ours get here in Virginia, it is of the utmost importance that you have a heating contractor that you can trust. Reading this right now means that you’ve found one. That doesn’t mean, necessarily, that you know when you should be reaching out to us, though. As a general rule, you should be contacting us, your trusted HVAC contractor in Charlottesville, VA, whenever you need services.

We will get into that a bit more below. First, we just want to reiterate the fact that we know there are a lot of very capable, hands-on homeowners out there. And that’s great, to a certain degree. It is the best and most responsible homeowners that recognize their own limitations, though. There is no amount of online tutorials that you can watch which will give you the skill and expertise that our trained, professional technicians possess. When it comes to your heater, work with the pros.

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Don’t Force an Unprepared Heater Back Into Action

October 8th, 2018

furnace-technicianWhew, you may be thinking, that chill is getting stronger—the heater is going to be back in regular rotation before long.  Good thing it was in such good shape at the end of last heating season. Now it will be ready to jump right back into it this, right?

Not. So. Fast.

If you want to heat your home effectively and reliably this winter—and why wouldn’t this be the case—then it is very important that you schedule professional heating maintenance in Charlottesville, VA, before putting the system back into use.  No,  it does not matter if the system was fine when you last used it. After all, maintenance and repairs are two very different things.

Below, you’ll learn some facts about why routine heating maintenance is not just necessary, but so beneficial to you. Remember, good enough is not good enough when it comes to heating, and the fact that your heater is up and running does not mean that it is running as well as possible!

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Delaying AC Repairs Has Big Consequences

September 23rd, 2018

AC-technicianThis summer, with its long stretches of very, very hot weather was trying, to say the least. And now, we’re just about out of its clutches. Many of you are probably already turning your attention toward your home heating systems (as well you should, and come back next time for a great heating tip!). That does not mean that you can just put your air conditioner out of your mind completely, though. Especially if everything is not running smoothly.

While it may seem pretty late in the game to be scheduling AC repair in Crozet, VA, we need to remind you that problems will not just go away because the system has had a few months off. Those problems will be waiting for you at the start of the next cooling season, and they may not be the types of issues that can be resolved with basic maintenance. Let’s use this posts to reflect upon some of the consequences that delaying your AC repairs will reap.

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Air Conditioning Doldrums: Ready for Something New?

September 10th, 2018

fanWell, that was a hot and muggy one, wasn’t it? Fortunately, for us—or, at least, those of us that have had enough of summer’s heat for one year—the summer season is definitely on its way out. This is a good time to start preparing for the heating season, of course, as it is bound to unleash its icy fury (too much?) before long. This does not, however, mean that you should ignore your air conditioning system.

While you may not be using your AC much longer, if at all, this year, you should take a bit of time to reflect on the system, its overall performance quality, and your overall satisfaction with it. Before you find yourself back at the beginning of another cooling season, you want to be sure that you are 100% satisfied with your air conditioning in Orange, VA. If this is not the case, then now is the time to try something new.

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Routine AC Maintenance Benefits You (In Some Big Ways)

August 27th, 2018

AC-outdoor-unitDoes it seem kind of late in the season to be talking about air conditioning maintenance? Well, that may be the case. However, when it comes to routine air conditioning maintenance, late is always better than never! So if you skipped over your AC maintenance in Charlottesville, VA this year and figure that you’ll just wait for next before scheduling it, this is the post for you! (Here’s a free preview—you should still have it done!)

Still not convinced that it is worth the effort to have your system tuned up before the summer season closes once more? Well, consider this—there is very little effort required on your end! Routine maintenance is something that only skilled professionals can handle, and you should never attempt to do the job yourself. Simply pick up the phone, dial our number, and enjoy the big benefits that routine AC maintenance has to offer you. We’re waiting for your call!

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Work with a Professional HVAC Company

August 13th, 2018

AC-manifoldIf we were really just using this blog to drum up business for ourselves, then we would actually be telling you to go ahead and service your air conditioner on your own if you are the DIY type. Of course, that is not our core purpose, here. We want to share helpful information that will allow our audience to live in the consistent comfort that they deserve. That is why we are instead going to stress, again, that you really need to work with a professional HVAC company in Charlottesville, VA.

We understand that you may be mechanically inclined. You may have a basement or shed full of quality tools that you are more than happy to break out at a moment’s notice. Unless you are a trained HVAC professional, though, those tools should not be applied to your HVAC system! It is always in your best interest to reach instead for the phone, dial our number, and get the quality HVAC services that your system demands.

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How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

July 30th, 2018

man-with-fanThere are certain jobs that you may hire out which won’t require that much consideration as to who can handle it. Maybe you hire some neighborhood kids to shovel your driveway, for instance, or your buddy recommends a friend to handle some light landscaping. Different homeowners are going to have different standards of who they give work to, but there is one area where you can never take chances: the installation and/or servicing of your HVAC system.

You absolutely must work with a professional HVAC contractor in Crozet, VA. There is no other way in which you can be sure that you are working with skilled professionals that you can trust. Of course, not all HVAC contractors are created equal. There is a major difference between earning your license and starting a business, for instance, and establishing yourself as a trustworthy contractor capable of living up to all of your clients’ expectations—if not exceeding them! 

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What’s Wrong with My Heat Pump?

July 16th, 2018

condenserHeat pumps are a great option for homeowners interested in enjoying year-round comfort with great energy efficiency.  They operate just like central air conditioners in the summer, meaning that they evaporate refrigerant in order to remove heat from the air in your home during the summer season. In the winter, this process is reversed. Refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor unit, absorbing heat before being compressed to boost its thermal energy, which is then used to heat the interior living space.

Your heat pump is going to put in a lot of working hours over the course of the year. While routine maintenance can address much of the wear and tear that it will incur, it cannot make your heat pump 100% reliable. Nothing will. Eventually, you will find yourself in need of heat pump repair in Charlottesville, VA. If and when you do, be sure to dial our number in order to guarantee that your system is put back on the right track, the right way, the first time.

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