Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog

How You May Accidentally Waste Energy With Your AC

May 20th, 2019
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The air conditioning system that cools down your home during the summers consumes a large amount of energy each year. There’s no way around seeing an increase in electric bills during this time—the AC’s compressor places a large demand on power whenever it runs.

However, your electric bills may be higher than necessary. It’s not difficult to accidentally waste power with your air conditioner. But it’s also not difficult to identify power waste and stop it. In this post, we’ll list a few of the ways you might waste energy cooling your house during the summer, as well as what you can do to turn it around.

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Is Your Sewer Line in Trouble?

May 6th, 2019
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The sewer line is an essential part of how indoor plumbing in a home operates—even though most of the line is outside of the house. Without a sewer line, your house cannot remove liquid and solid waste from the kitchen and the bathrooms, and you can guess how terrible that can soon make your home life!

Fortunately, sewer lines are constructed to last for many decades. They will eventually begin to deteriorate, however, or they may have roots infiltrate them and create blocks and gaps. If your residential sewer line is in any kind of trouble, you’ll want to identify right away so you can call a professional plumber in Frederick, MD to fix the problem.

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Options If You Need a New AC Before Summer

April 22nd, 2019
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Is your home ready for the first true day of summer heat—whenever that may be? We can help see that your current system is in top shape with routine maintenance or air conditioning repair in Rockville, MD.

But repairs and maintenance may no longer be enough. This spring might be when you replace an aging AC that drains too much power and costs too much in repairs. If it looks like it’s time for a new AC (and our technicians can always help you make this choice if you’re unsure), you have several options for a new unit.

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Replace Bad Copper Pipes With PEX

April 8th, 2019
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No matter the age of a home, at some point it will need to have upgrades done on its plumbing pipes. For homes built before 1970, this could mean a complete replacement of the piping to eliminate old materials such as lead, galvanized steel, and polybutylene.

But newer homes aren’t immune to the need for professional repiping. You may notice leaking from damaged copper pipes, and the best solution to this problem is replacing the old copper with PEX.

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Get Ready for Warmer Weather Now! Schedule AC Maintenance

March 25th, 2019
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Spring is here. The warm weather may not be, but cooler temperatures usually hang around early in the season. But the arrival of spring is a sign that it’s time to prepare our homes for the arrival of warmer days.

Annual air conditioning maintenance is one essential spring upkeep job. We recommend you arrange for maintenance from an HVAC professional as early in spring as you can, since this gives you extra time before the weather warms up. You can also take advantage of the less busy schedules of HVAC technicians to arrange for maintenance on a convenient date.

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Our 12-Year Part & Labor Warranty Protects Your Heating

March 11th, 2019
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You’re familiar with the phrase “The last [fill in the blank] you’ll ever need to buy.” Most of the time, those claims aren’t accurate. There’s rarely such a thing as “the last car you’ll ever need to buy,” or “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy.” Everything wears down with use and will need replacement.

However—we think we have something that comes awfully close to “the last purchase of HVAC equipment you’ll ever need.” It’s our 12-Year Part & Labor warranty combined with our Lifetime Unit replacement. Tuckers is the only contractor who offers a 12-Year warranty. You can hunt around other HVAC services in Silver Spring, MD and throughout Gaithersburg and Montgomery County, but you won’t find a better warranty than what we’re offering!

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Plumbing Basics: How a Bathroom Toilet Works

February 25th, 2019

The toilet. It’s not a piece of equipment in a home people talk about much, but it’s also about as essential as home equipment gets. Few indoor plumbing inventions are better than the toilet, after all!

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Any plumber in Germantown, MD or the surrounding areas who’s worth hiring knows all about the design and workings of a toilet so they can repair them. But how much do you know about how a toilet works? If you’re interested—and knowing this can help you understand when it’s time to call for plumbing help—we’ve got a short rundown on the basics of the modern bathroom toilet and the different models.

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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

February 11th, 2019

furnace-in-basementIt’s the second half of winter, and if you didn’t schedule regular maintenance for your furnace back in the fall, you may think it’s too late to bother. You can wait until the next fall to have it done.

But it isn’t too late! Furnace maintenance needs to be done annually. Although it’s always best to have the furnace maintained in fall to beat out the first cold days of winter, it’s better to have it done late than to skip it entirely. Furnace maintenance isn’t a luxury or “bonus” for the heating system—it’s essential. Call on a professional Rockville, MD, HVAC company today to arrange for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace.

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The Common Causes of Pipe Clogs—And How to Avoid Them

January 28th, 2019

drain-in-metal-sink-waterIf you hear the words “plumbing problems,” where is the first place your mind goes? We’d bet that for the majority of people they immediately think of clogged/slow drains. Almost everyone has run into trouble with a clogged drain at some point, and many homes will have drain clog issues more than once a year if they don’t have the drains regularly cleaned. Drain cleaning to fix a clogged drain is one of the biggest services that professional plumbers offer their customers.

There are many ways a drain can become clogged up. Below we’ve listed the most common ones, as well as how to avoid having trouble with them in the first place.

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Signs You Need a New Heater

January 14th, 2019

Replacing your home’s heating system may not be how you want to spend the first month of 2019, but if you detect the signs your heater is on its last legs, having it done as soon as possible is the best route. The winter weather is only going to get colder, and if your heater breaks down on you, it can mean a longer stretch without any heating at all—you never want that.

We want you to catch early the indications you have a heater that’s near The End. There are many different signs of a dying heater, and they’ll usually come in a cluster. Please don’t ignore these and simply hope the heater will make it through to spring!

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