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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Why DIY Plumbing Is a Bad Idea

July 12th, 2021
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“Fix-it-yourself” is a popular modern philosophy, and we agree with it—for some parts of a house. Getting out the tools and going to the hardware store for supplies can help you save money with several repairs around your home, and some people even enjoy getting hands-on with solving issues on their own. 

When it comes to the plumbing in a home, however, DIY should be off the table except for some basic fixes such as cleaning out aerators in faucet heads. As tempted as you may feel to put on a belt filled with all the wrenches you can carry, residential plumbing jobs such as leak repair, toilet replacement, drain cleaning, and anything to do with water heaters are not for amateurs. Unless you’re a professional plumber yourself, leave your plumbing in Bethesda, MD in the hands of our licensed plumbers.

Below we’ll go over some reasons amateur plumbing is a mistake.

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How Many Years Can My Air Conditioner Last?

June 28th, 2021
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Nobody wants to get caught with a failed air conditioning system during the summer. When it does happen, you hope that proper repairs can get the system going again—and often this is the case. When you’re looking for repairs for your air conditioning in Bethesda, MD, the team at Tuckers is ready to help.

But some AC failures may be permanent. If an air conditioner is too aged, a breakdown may signal that the best fix is to retire the AC. We want to help you avoid getting blindsided with an AC replacement by talking about how long you can expect your cooling system to last. Knowing when your air conditioning system is in its final years will help you arrange for a replacement at a convenient time.

Average AC Life Expectancy

Most manufacturers list the service life expectancy of central air conditioning systems as 10 to 15 years. You may have heard contractors say that an AC needs to be replaced every 10 years, but this isn’t necessarily true. Air conditioners reaching 15 years without experiencing severe drops in efficiency or performance are common when the system has regular maintenance. And that brings us to an important topic… 

What Can Affect AC Life Expectancy

There are several other factors that can change how long an air conditioner lasts. The biggest is the lack of regular maintenance. We talk about routine professional HVAC maintenance often on our site, but that’s because we know that it’s a vital service that saves our customers money and helps them protect their home comfort. 

Here’s an important fact to keep in mind: the majority of repairs the average central air conditioner needs are due to lack of maintenance. Now consider those repairs are also contributing to a decline in the general health of the AC, and you’ll see why neglecting maintenance can also cause an air conditioner to fail years early. Without maintenance, an air conditioning system’s lifespan can be cut in half. So instead of enjoying an AC for 10 to 15 years, you’ll only have it for 5 to 8 years. That’s a lot of lost years of potential cooling!

Another factor that can cause a rapid decline for an AC is ignoring repair needs for too long. We always urge our customers to be proactive when it comes to getting an air conditioner problem repaired: at the earliest sign something is wrong with your AC (loud noises, a drop in cooling capacity, a rise in humidity, uneven cooling, skyrocketing electric bills, tripped circuit breakers), call our technicians to investigate the problem and fix it. If a malfunction is allowed to continue, it will place stress on other components and age the system rapidly. If you end up with a burnt-out compressor, that usually means you need to replace the entire system.

Let Tuckers help you keep your AC running for as many years as possible with our repair and maintenance service. We’re also here when you’re ready to have a new system installed. 

Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing when you need AC service. We pledge to exceed expectations at every turn.

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Why Is My AC Shutting Off Too Early?

June 1st, 2021
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Is this happening to you? You set your home thermostat for the usual daytime temperature when it’s hot outside. The AC turns on, you can hear the compressor running, cooled air starts to flow from the vents. Then the compressor shuts off, but the house hasn’t gotten cool enough. You fiddle with the thermostat, and maybe the AC starts to cool again, but then shuts off early, and so on… 

This is a problem since you’ll have to go through hassles and raise your electric bills to try to stay cool. Why is this happening, and what can you do about it? We’ll look into that below.

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What Is the Difference Between Freon and Puron?

May 17th, 2021
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The words Freon and Puron cause confusion for people who aren’t in the HVAC industry. They probably know they’re refrigerants, but that’s it. They may not know which type is in their air conditioning system and if it matters which one is in there. 

For the most part, if you’re a homeowner it isn’t essential that you know the details about refrigerant types (called blends). Handling refrigerant is a job that only professionals licensed to work with air conditioning and other refrigeration equipment can do. However, there are a few facts about refrigerant (in particular, what Freon is) that are important to know if you have an older AC. 

Below, we’ll go into the difference between Freon and Puron, as well as clear up a common misunderstanding about Freon.

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The Thermostat and Your Air Conditioner’s Limits

May 3rd, 2021
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It’s summer planning time, especially with our weather heating up to the point where we’ll need to have air conditioning systems running. Before you let your AC run too much, make sure to schedule regular maintenance service with us. It’s the best job you can have done for your air conditioning in Gaithersburg, MD. You’ll have reliable cooling at lower costs for the summer. 

Right now we want to talk about the thermostat that controls your AC and talk about something that many homeowners don’t know much about: the limits of what their ACs can do.

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Looking for a New AC Installation? A Few Things to Consider

April 19th, 2021
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Spring is the best time to replace an air conditioning system. The new AC will be ready to go before the first intense summer heat arrives, and you’ll have an easy time arranging for the installation during the mild spring temperatures. (Our team also has more open schedules at this time of the year, so convenient appointments are easy to come by.)

Getting a new AC is a big step—one you usually only need to take every 12 to 15 years if you’ve kept your current AC in good shape. Below are a few things to consider as you start to debate about upgrading your residential cooling system.

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Here’s 5 Things That May Be Clogging Your Drain

April 5th, 2021
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Drain clogs are one of the most common annoyances for residential plumbing, and we’re certain you’ve run into a few over the years. Sometimes a plunger can clear them, other times you need to call for professional plumbers to work their craft. We offer fantastic drain cleaning in Frederick, MD for when the plunger won’t solve the problem. (And please don’t try to use chemical drain cleaners as an alternative. These chemical concoctions can damage your pipes and aren’t that effective.)

We’re going to list five common sources of drain clogs to help you get a better idea of why calling professional plumbers is the best step when you’ve got clogged or slow drains.

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Once Again: Time for AC Maintenance!

March 22nd, 2021
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We love it when we can tell our customers that it’s time to schedule annual maintenance for their air conditioning in Frederick, MD. Why? Because it means that warm weather is almost here! It’s also an opportunity for us to best serve our customers, because inspecting, tuning-up, and maintaining their cooling equipment is one of the most vital jobs we offer. The benefits of it are tremendous, and it means happy customers who keep cool (for less) through the summer.

No, we’re not overselling it! Maintenance is something all HVAC contractors recommend, as well as all HVAC industry organizations and the US Department of Energy. When you join our maintenance plan (Tuckers Ultimate Service Agreement), you’ll receive numerous benefits. Here are the major ones:

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Ending the Season With Your Heating System

March 8th, 2021
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March isn’t the end of the winter. Spring won’t officially end until the third week of the month, and of course, the actual weather doesn’t pay attention to what’s on the calendar. You can expect cold weather to pop up through April as well.

However … the end of the season is in sight, as well as the time when you’ll turn off your heating system for a long mid-year hiatus. Before you do that, consider what the heater may need in these last days, as well as what your future heating plans are.

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Putting Together Air Filters and Air Purifiers = Great Indoor Air Quality

February 22nd, 2021
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You want the cleanest and healthiest indoor air possible for your home, and achieving this has probably been on your mind for most of the last year. If you’re now considering what you can do to enjoy better indoor air quality for your house and keep your family healthy, we’re the local HVAC pros to call. We offer several IAQ services to remove pollutants from circulating through the living spaces of homes. We think the best place to start with when improving air quality is with air filters and then see if air purifiers are necessary.

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