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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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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Understanding What AC Efficiency Ratings Really Mean

May 18th, 2020
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If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you have plans to purchase a new central air conditioning system before the summer heat arrives. A good plan, especially if your current AC has shown signs its useful days are done and an AC repair in Frederick, MD won’t keep it running effectively.

But you came to this post seeking answers to a specific question you have about buying a new air conditioning system: “What do these efficiency numbers all mean?” For example, “What is SEER? Is higher or lower better? Is SEER 15 ‘good’? And what’s this EER thing? Please help, I can’t sleep at night!”

No problem—that’s what we’re here for. When it comes to making the actual selection and installation of a new air conditioning system, you’ll need our professional technicians on the job. For the moment, we can give you a basic rundown on SEER and EER and what to look for.

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Tuckers Turns 25 Years Old This Month!

May 7th, 2020
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We are celebrating twenty-five years in business this May—that’s a quarter of a century helping homeowners and business owners in the area with heating, air conditioning, and plumbing that goes beyond expectations.

To celebrate this anniversary and show our gratitude to our customers for being an amazing part of the Tuckers’ community, we’re taking 13% OFF and giving you a 12-Year Pars & Labor Guarantee for any Daikin FIT installation through May 31st, 2020.

Call us for more details and to learn about the many benefits of a Daikin FIT compact HVAC unit.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing serves Washington D.C., Montgomery, and Frederick Counties. Talk with a team member about our anniversary promotion.

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Why Are There Black Specks in My Water?

May 4th, 2020
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Sometimes, water quality issues with the water supply in a house aren’t immediately obvious. But if you notice there are black specks floating around in the water coming from your taps, your internal alarms will go off. Where are these black specks coming from? Are they dangerous? What can be done about them?

You may need a plumber in Frederick, MD to help you with your water quality problems, starting with diagnosing why you’ve got black specks in the water in the first place. You can trust our plumbers to find out what’s affecting your water supply and find solutions to it. Below are some of the common causes of this problem, but you will want to turn to a professional to get an exact answer.

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The Essential AC Service—Annual Spring Maintenance

April 20th, 2020
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What’s the essential service for an air conditioning system? The easy answer is installation, since you can’t have any service for an air conditioner that you don’t have! But if we instead narrow the answer to services for your current air conditioner, then we think the answer is spring maintenance. This is as essential for your air conditioner as regular check-ups with a doctor are for your health or routine tune-ups are for the longevity of your vehicle.

We offer Frederick, MD air conditioning services through our maintenance plan, the Tuckers USA Club. The Club is about more than maintenance, since it also provides members with service guarantees and priority service appointments. But regular maintenance tune-ups and inspections for heating and air conditioning systems are the core of the program, and where customers see the biggest benefits.

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When Spring Comes, It’s Time to Grade Your Heater’s Performance

April 6th, 2020
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When the weather starts to turn in spring, most people would like to forget about their heating systems entirely and as soon as possible. Heaters will still need to run at times during the mercurial swings throughout spring, but people will still want to forget about them.

However, we recommend giving your heating system some serious thought right at the edge of its working season—especially if you have a heater that is more than 10 years old. You might need to have repairs done before the heater shuts down for the year. Or you might need to schedule a replacement. It’s important to know when to call on a heating company in Frederick, MD to arrange to have a new heating system installed. Doing this job during the spring or summer is good planning, and you won’t have to worry about going a day or so without a heater.

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Time to Check on Your Sump Pump for Spring

March 23rd, 2020
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When the winter snow melts, it can mean flooding in homes. Spring can also bring with it more storms and an increased concern with floodwaters. You have a sump pump in your home’s basement or crawlspace to deal with these specific problems. That’s great—it’s one of the best precautions you can take against extensive water damage, building damage, mold growth, and all the rest that comes with water flooding into the lower parts of your house.

But a sump pump that won’t work when you need it to isn’t much good. So before we get any deeper into spring, we recommend you take some basic steps to check on your sump pump.

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