Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You? Learn the Pros and Cons

Category: Water Heaters


At some point, your water heater is going to have to be replaced, and when that time comes, you might take the opportunity to replace it with a tankless unit. Is a tankless water heater right for your Boston area home, though? You can determine whether one is by knowing the major pros and cons that this installation has to offer. To learn what those pros and cons are, just read on! Tankless Water Heater Cons There is plenty to love in a tankless water heater — but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you might not love. To be sure this water-heating unit is right for you, you need to know whether the following (potential) issues might not be right for you: High Upfront Cost We’ll be straight-up with you: If you’re shopping on a budget, a tankless water heater won’t be right for you. They say you get what you pay for, and since you’ll get a great water-heating unit with a tankless model, you can expect to pay a pretty great price at the outset. Sometimes Inconsistent Heating The most important quality to look for in a water heater is how well it heats your water, of course. With that in mind, you need to be cautious of a tankless model if you frequently run multiple water sources […]

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When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Category: Water Heaters


Having a plumber that you can trust is important for when your Boston home’s plumbing system experiences complications, such as a malfunctioning water heater. Water heaters are long-lasting appliances if they’re maintained well, but even the most pampered water heater won’t last forever. If you notice the signs of a worn-out water heater, reach out to an experienced plumber from McMahon Plumbing and Heating, LLC as soon as possible. 4 Reasons to Schedule a New Water Heater Installation Numerous Costly Repairs – You may need to hire a plumber to repair a water heater component occasionally, but if it seems like you’re scheduling repairs multiple times a year, then a new water heater is a good investment. Although a new water heater has a higher up-front cost, frequent repairs add up over time, and they’ll likely continue until you replace the water heater. High Energy Bills – Rising energy costs may indicate that you have an inefficient plumbing system. If your usage hasn’t changed, but your energy bills continue to increase, have your plumber determine if your water heater is the source of the problem. If a water heater repair is too costly to justify, purchase a new water heater instead, and your energy bills will return to a reasonable cost. Inadequate Heating – If your water heater isn’t heating […]

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3 Great Benefits Of An AC Tune Up Before Summer



With the spring months coming to a close and even warmer weather on the way, many of us are starting to finally put our air conditioning systems into heavier use, if we haven’t been already. While summertime brings a lot of fun outdoor activities and such along with it, this time of year is going to be particularly rough on your AC. When summer finally comes around, your air conditioning system is going to be expected to run almost constantly, and if it hasn’t been serviced at all since it went into hibernation at the end of last year, you could be setting yourself up for potential disaster. Expecting your home’s air conditioning system to run all throughout the summer without any kind of maintenance is like expected someone to run a marathon without any kind of training or stretching: likely to end in disaster. This is why it is so important to take the time now before the summer gets into full swing to have your system checked out by a professional. Getting your system tuned up now before it has to go into heavy use over the course of the coming months can be highly beneficial for a number of reasons. If you are still on the fence about it, take the time to read through this short […]

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Next Step Living is Discontinuing All Operations

Category: Other Articles


It has been reported in the Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal that Next Step Living is shutting its doors and discontinuing operations. Directly from the Next Step Living Website https://www.nextstepliving.com/. This is a cautionary tale our customers should be aware of. “As of Friday 3/18, Next Step Living is discontinuing all operations. “ “For assistance completing a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment or Weatherization work, please contact the following numbers associated with your utility. If you are a National Grid or Eversource customer, please call 1-877-315-1941; if you are a Columbia Gas customer please call 1-800-232-0120.” “During our eight years of operation, we conducted over 120,000 energy audits, weatherized over 35,000 homes, and installed solar systems, high efficiency heating systems, and windows in nearly 10,000 homes. We are incredibly grateful to all of our team members, customers, partners, and investors who helped us along the way. As mission-driven people who wanted to positively impact our community and planet, we wish we could have done more and done better by all parties.” “We wish all of our stakeholders the best of luck in the future.” The Next Step Living Team

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The Most Common Boston Air Conditioning Problems



Modern air conditioners are, for the most part, extremely reliable and convenient machines that require little maintenance and provide you and your family with a lot of comfort. They keep your home cool during the hottest parts of the year, and most of the time, you don’t need to give them a second thought. However, like any appliance, your air conditioner can develop problems, when if and when it does, it can mean that your home is extremely uncomfortable. If the temperatures are high enough, it can also pose a threat to your safety. You need professional air conditioning repairs in Boston. When you do encounter any problems with your AC, you can depend on the expert Boston air conditioning contractors at McMahon Plumbing & Heating for high quality repairs. We also offer preventative maintenance services to help you keep the system effective and efficient at all times. The average homeowner may be able to resolve some of these issues on their own, but others will require professional help. Here are a few of the most common problems you’ll encounter with your air conditioner: The Unit Does Not Turn On After it hasn’t been used for some months, it’s not uncommon for an AC unit to not turn on at the beginning of the cooling season. This problem is likely […]

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How Important Are Heating Tune-Ups in Boston?

Category: Heating


When the winter months are in full swing, you and your family depend on your home’s heating system to keep your home warm, comfortable, and safe throughout the colder part of the year. During the winter, you need your heating system to be totally reliable, and the best way to make sure that that’s the case is to have the system tuned up in the fall, before the heating season is in full swing. In Boston and the surrounding areas, the winters can be very harsh, so heating tune-ups in Boston are extremely important. The professional Boston heating contractors at McMahon Plumbing & Heating recommend that you have have a heating tune-up performed at least once each year. However, many homeowners remain unaware of just how crucial heating tune-ups are, so it’s not common for many people to neglect to have proper maintenance performed on their heating systems. Here are a few of the questions that our clients frequently have about heating maintenance and heating tune-ups: Is It Really Necessary to Have a Tune-Up Each Year? All furnace manufacturers recommend that annual inspections and maintenance be performed by qualified technicians. Furnaces that don’t receive these services annually will most likely not be covered under warranty if any damage does occur to the unit. If you don’t have a tune-up of […]

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What’s Causing Your Faucet to Drip?

Category: Plumbing


Dripping or leaking faucets can be irritating, but they can also signify other serious problems with your faucet, pipes, or plumbing system. Leaking faucets in Boston can be caused by any number of different issues, from corroded pipes to defective gaskets or mineral deposits in the internal parts of the faucet. Ignoring a dripping faucet in your home can ultimately turn what would be a simple Boston plumbing repair into a large and expensive plumbing project, so it’s important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. Fortunately, some simple solutions to this problem may not even require professional help as long as you catch it soon enough, and the professional Boston plumbers at McMahon Heating & Air will be able to diagnose and solve the problems quickly and professionally, no matter what. The Facts According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plumbing leaks can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per household per year. The most common plumbing leaks are caused by: Dripping faucets Leaks in toilet flappers And leaking valves Fixing any of these leaks can save you 10% on your monthly water bill. Because dripping faucets can waste such a significant amount of water, not fixing them can have a huge impact on the environment. By not taking care of a problem with your Boston […]

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Get a Pro for Boston Heating and Furnace Repair

Category: Heating


Thinking of upgrading or improving your furnace? Hiring a good Boston home improvement contractor may prove to be a wise move. The least you’d want to happen is to let furnace neglect lead to dangerous occurrences. Few people realize that cracks in the heat exchanger of a furnace may lead to carbon monoxide release into one’s home. It is therefore best to leave it to a Boston professional to handle furnace repairs or installation. To find companies specializing in Boston home improvement, including furnace repairs, search the web and zero in on your area. Get one with a license to undertake jobs in your state. Some firms offer furnace or heater repair discounts. There are licensed Boston furnace & heater repair professional who go the extra mile to give customers topnotch service. Another advantage of getting a good home improvement company is that it has a stock of essential parts so there is no need to order and let customers wait. Whether you need a quick patch-up job or major furnace overhaul, choosing the best (complete with track record of experience and updated equipment) Boston furnace repair service firm in the market may be cost-effective in the long run. The importance of having an efficiently working furnace cannot be stressed enough. A malfunctioning furnace can bring up your utility bill. […]

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Protect Your Pipes During Boston Winters

Category: Plumbing


Of all the things that a homeowner can do to maintain their plumbing systems, the following five tips can help keep money in your pocket and visits from your Boston plumber to a minimum. 1. Check for leaks. Even the smallest leak can turn into a torrential flood if not caught early enough. The resulting damage can cost a pretty penny, therefore it is important to check all pipe lines, especially those areas that lack insulation. Getting in contact with a Boston plumber can also be useful as they can help point out trouble areas and can give you tips on how to maintain your system. 2. Drain and insulate. One of the most important tips for areas that experience harsh winters, draining and insulating pipes prevents any water that gets trapped in those pipes from freezing, expanding, and then cracking, breaking, or bursting said pipes. Without draining and insulating, you risk very expensive and intensive plumbing repairs. 3. Weatherproof trouble areas. It is also important to look out for areas containing exposed plumbing. Doorways, windows, and vent fans should be checked to make sure their seals remain tight. If a seal is loose, you can use caulking to prevent your home plumbing from freezing. 4. Insulate exposed pipes. Again– insulate, insulate, insulate. Insulating your pipes is easy and inexpensive, but […]

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The Sumpiest Pump in Boston

Category: Plumbing


Sump Pump Basics ­A sump pump usually stands in a sump pit — a hole with a gravel base about 2 feet (60 centimeters) deep and 18 inches (45 centimeters) wide — dug in the lowest part of your Boston basement or crawlspace. As the pit fills with water, the pump turns on. It moves the liquid out of the pit through pipes that run away from your home to a spot where the water can drain away from your foundation. The pipe usually has a one-way valve called a check valve at the pump end to keep the water from flowing back into the pit. Most sump pumps turn on automatically through a float activator arm or a pressure sensor. The pressure sensor works just like its name suggests: Water exerts more pressure on the sensor than air does, which causes the pump to activate. The float activator works a lot like the one in your toilet tank. A buoyant ball floats on top of the water, manually moving the arm as the water level rises. You can also buy a manually operated pump, which works only when you decide to turn it on, but these aren’t as common because of their lack of convenience. Automatic pumps also have an option for you to activate the pump if the […]

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