Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog

To Our Loyal Customers Regarding COVID-19

March 19th, 2020

Tuckers shares the same concerns as our community about COVID-19. We want you aware of the steps we are taking to protect you, your home, and our technicians from viruses.

These include:

  • Maintaining a 6’ distance during our appointments
  • Wearing new disposable gloves and booties at each visit
  • Wearing face masks by customer request
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all touched surfaces including: thermostats and indoor equipment
  • Practicing hand cleanliness by washing hands often and using hand sanitizer
  • Not requiring customer signatures on electronic devices. With homeowner permission our employees will sign for you.

Tuckers is committed to guiding and informing customers on how they can better protect themselves and their home against viruses in the air:

  • Keep your system clean always, we recommend a maintenance every 6 months
  • Control the humidity in your home
  • Filter the smallest particles possible without restricting airflow. Tuckers recommends using a filter with a MERV rating of 8 or higher
  • Use air purification systems such as the APCO-X

If you have scheduled service with us or are thinking of doing so, be rest assured knowing that Tuckers will come prepared to do the job in the safest manner possible.

Air Purification Options

If you are interested and would like to know more about air purification for your home, we offer the APCO-X as our preferred system. Below is a link to learn more and a video of what the APCO-X can do for your home.

Call Tuckers today for more details. 


There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

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How Long Will the Plumbing Pipes in My Home Last?

September 21st, 2020
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If you’re asking this question, you are already ahead of the game compared to many homeowners, who often assume the pipes in their plumbing system will last for as long as their house lasts. Since most plumbing is out of sight, it is often out of mind—and the pipes are made from metal, so nothing will happen to them.

It only takes a bit of consideration to realize this isn’t true. Metal decays and corrodes, and the daily strain on freshwater and wastewater pipes will wear them down. There are also chemicals in the water that can cause damage, as well as hard water minerals. You can expect many years of service from plumbing pipes, but eventually, they must be replaced.

So, how long will the pipes in your plumbing in Kensington, MD last?

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Caution: Potential AC Equipment Shortage!

September 11th, 2020
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This is an important warning for all of our customers and potential customers: due to COVID-19, there have been several backlogs from HVAC manufacturers, leading to an equipment shortage. Some people are waiting as much as four weeks for new air conditioning equipment.

If you need AC services at the end of summer, now is not the time to delay! If you live in Washington D.C., Montgomery, or Frederick Counties, call our technicians now to arrange for the service you need. We have the inventory to see that you receive the help necessary for a cool home.

Get ahead of the peak season rush and call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for AC help as soon as you can.

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Plan Your Heating Maintenance With Our USA Plan

September 7th, 2020
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The start of September is the time we recommend people give serious thought to arranging for heating maintenance in Frederick, MD. The earlier you have a pre-season tune-up and inspection for your furnace or any other heater, the more it will benefit you, and the better prepared you’ll be for the shift in the weather when it comes.

You don’t have to look any farther for great heating maintenance, because you’ve found the company with the Ultimate Service Agreement—the maintenance plan that helps you save money and gives your heater the best chance of providing hassle-free warmth through the winter.

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Why Do My Pipes Make a Loud Banging Sound?

August 24th, 2020
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It’s a jarring noise—a sudden bang or clank from the pipes in the walls of your house. It sounds like someone struck a hammer against the pipe material. In fact, that’s where the name of this phenomenon comes from: water hammer. Also known as hydraulic shock, but that’s not as fun a name, is it?

But this isn’t a fun occurrence, and you may have reason to be worried aside from the startling sensation of sudden noises from the walls. Water hammer can indicate problems with your home’s plumbing that may require calling our professionals to examine your pipes and find out what, if anything, we need to do.

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Is Your AC’s Compressor in Trouble?

August 10th, 2020
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All parts of an air conditioner do tasks that are important for its performance. But no other component of the modern air conditioner is more vital, and more a problem if it malfunctions, than the compressor. The compressor can be called, without exaggeration, the heart of an air conditioning system: it is responsible for the circulation of refrigerant through the AC so that the refrigerant can evaporate and condense to transfer heat from out of the house. Without a working compressor, a central air conditioner turns into nothing more than a large fan.

Another reason the compressor is important is that when it fails, it often means the entire air conditioner must be replaced. The cost to replace a compressor that is no longer under warranty is high enough that it’s more cost-effective to replace the rest of the AC components along with the compressor so the homeowner gets a new warranty.

Compressors often give off warnings that they’re in danger of burning out. If you notice these signs, schedule air conditioning repair in Bethesda, MD to fix the compressor or other problem before the compressor becomes irreparable.

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The 6-Year vs. the 10-Year Water Heater

July 27th, 2020
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When it comes to choosing a water heater for a new installation in a home, there isn’t a straightforward answer about which kind is better. It’s different for every home and household. This is why it’s important to always have water heater professionals involved from the beginning: don’t purchase the water heater first and then ask someone to install it! Getting the right system is critical for ensuring the system lasts you for many years, won’t waste energy, and can meet your household’s hot water demands.

In this post we want to draw attention to the difference between a 6-year water heater and a 10-year water heater. This is a common choice people have to make when it comes to storage tank water heaters, and understanding what makes them different will make the choice easier.

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Tips for Handling a Leak

July 13th, 2020
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When you have a leak in your home you want to get it to stop no matter where it is. After all, leaks that are left alone for too long are going to create a variety of problems for your home and can even create problems for your health. To handle a leak properly, you need to have a reliable resource for your plumbing repairs in Frederick.

Our plumbing pros are great at identifying and fixing leaks in your home. The only thing you need to do is reach out for service. To do that though you need to know when to reach out. We can help with that too by telling you more about the warning signs that there is a leak in your home wreaking havoc.

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Are There Repairs for My AC I Can Do If It Breaks Down?

June 29th, 2020
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We understand that a suddenly non-working air conditioning system in your home during a hot summer day can bring on panic. We’re expecting extreme heat this summer, and central air conditioners are vital for getting through many sweltering days. If you have to confront a cooling system that isn’t cooling, you might be ready to try anything to get it working again.

Usually, the best way to restore your cooling is to call for professional air conditioning repair in Potomac, MD from our experts. If you want to know what repairs you can do yourself, the answer is that there aren’t any. A “repair” means getting out the tools, opening the AC cabinets, and trying to fix whatever is wrong. Unless you are an HVAC professional with the proper training and equipment, you won’t be able to repair the AC on your own. In fact, you may make the situation worse and even void the warranty.

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Ways You Can (Safely) Get Rid of Drain Clogs

June 15th, 2020
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Not another drain clog! Yes, these are persistent and common plumbing problems, and every home has to deal with them at some point or another. You can take steps to prevent them—we strongly recommend you schedule drain cleaning as a routine annual service with our professionals—but there’s no way to stop every single one.

What do you do when you run into a drain clog? You have some options in your home you can try. Below we’ve listed the three methods of drain unclogging you can attempt on your own. These methods may work, and they are also harmless for the piping and won’t present any dangers to you or your household.

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Important Reminder About Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

June 1st, 2020
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Have you already scheduled routine maintenance for your air conditioner? If not, now is the time to do it—because spring is almost officially over and the serious heat will be settling in. You want your home’s cooling system to be ready to go and in the best possible shape to handle steady days of work.

Most maintenance tasks need professionals to perform. That’s why you have our experts available to do the job. But there’s one maintenance task you have to do yourself through the rest of the cooling season, and that is to routinely change the air filter. We’ve talked about the air filter before, but it’s worth reminding people because regularly swapping it for a new one is both easy and essential for an AC to work its best and avoid numerous problems.

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