Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

When Is It Time to Call for Heater Repair?

Monday, November 14th, 2022
Two people freezing in their home due to heater problems.

The short answer is this: if you had to search for it, there’s probably an issue with your heater. That fantastic machine has been keeping you and your family warm for years, but now it’s running into a snag. Either it’s not heating your home enough, or there’s something else going on with it. Let’s get to the bottom of it and figure out if you need heating repair in Frederick, MD.

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A Reminder: Don’t Allow Any Heating Repairs to Linger at the End of the Season

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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You’re probably quite to shut down your heating system for the season and transition to warmer weather. As we move into the second half of spring, you’ll start to focus on getting your air conditioning system ready for the summer. (Make sure you don’t forget to schedule a regular maintenance tune-up and inspection for your AC with our team!) 

We recommend you still give some thought to your heating system as the season winds down. For example, has your heater shown recent signs it has a malfunction that needs to be fixed? This might be something seemingly small, like odd noises or the heater shutting off earlier than normal. You might notice that you have to fiddle with the thermostat to get the proper comfort levels, or that the heater seems to have to stay on longer to reach the temperature you want.

Please don’t brush these warning signs aside just because warm weather will soon settle in. Scheduling heating repair in North Potomac, MD is something you should arrange for promptly, no matter the time of the year.

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Five Top Furnace Problems Homeowners Run Into

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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Did you know that your furnace can last from 15 to 20 years? But, to make a furnace last longer, it must have regular inspections and proper maintenance.

Your furnace is a necessary fixture, especially during the cold winter months. If it suddenly stops working, do you know what to do? Here are the top five furnace problems residential homeowners run into. This will give you an idea of what to look for and when to call for professional help.

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Can Using a Space Heater Help Me Save on Heating?

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Space heaters can be an effective way of warming up a small part of your house or keeping your feet toasty and warm during the cold evenings. However, they aren’t created to be the primary source of heat. Most people attempt to save some cash on their home energy costs by heating a room or two using a space heater then decreasing the temperature of the furnace thermostat. But does doing so make any financial sense? The answer to this question will depend on your circumstances.

This post will discuss whether or not a space heater can help you make some savings on your heating costs. Keep reading to find out more.

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5 Important Tips for Gas Furnace Safety You Need to Know

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Gas furnaces offer comfort to us when we need them the most, but the same gas furnaces could quickly turn into mayhem if they break down. Although many people are often worried about the loss of heat in case there is a gas furnace malfunction, there are other hazards to consider like a carbon monoxide leak or a fire. It’s critical to ensure safety and hazard precautions to avoid such issues and feel comfortable with your gas furnace.

This post will discuss five important tips that every homeowner should know about to make their gas furnaces safer and more durable.

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How Long Should You Keep Repairing Your Furnace?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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The majority of homeowners often wonder when they should stop repairing their furnace and replace it with a new one instead. While it’s impossible to generalize all furnaces, there are several tips you can use to help you determine when to stop repairing your heating system. From rising heating costs and the age of the furnace to temperature fluctuations and loud noises, there are multiple signs to watch out for that will tell you it’s time to replace the old furnace with a new eco-friendly one.

This post will discuss how long you should keep repairing your furnace and the signs to look out for. If you want to make an informed decision about replacing your furnace, get in touch with Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing technicians to discuss the most recent eco-friendly heating systems in the market.

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What Is “Kettling” In a Boiler?

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Boilers play a crucial role in keeping you and your family comfortable during the cold season. But when these appliances start showing signs of malfunctioning, life during winter can be challenging. For this reason, it is important that you are aware of some common signs that may be warning you to an issue with your boiler.

Have you noticed any whistling sounds coming from your boiler? This could be kettling. Kettling indicates a serious issue that needs to be examined by experts in heating repair in Germantown, MD.

Here are some important details you need to know about kettling in a boiler.

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My Furnace Is Making a “Boom!” Noise—Is This Dangerous?

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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If you’re listening to your furnace for odd sounds, you’re already off to a good start when it comes to ensuring you have a heating system that runs safely and effectively. Gas furnaces have numerous safety features and aren’t normally dangerous for a household. (Let’s be honest: if they were, they would never be permitted into homes in the first place!) But malfunctions can happen, and the best way to prevent them from turning into potential safety issues for your household is to pick up early on warning signs and call for heating repair in Frederick, MD

So we’re glad you noticed this boom noise from your furnace and want to know more about it. We’ll get into details about this below, but remember that if you’re ever in doubt about anything regarding your furnace, it’s always safest to look to professionals for assistance.

The Cause of the Startling Noise

Nobody wants to hear a gas-burning appliance go “boom!” Just writing that sounds scary. If you’re near your furnace when it makes this sound, it can make you jump with alarm. 

What you’re hearing is the sudden combustion of a large amount of natural gas within the furnace’s combustion chamber. If you listen to the furnace coming on during normal operation, you’ll hear a small whoosh sound as it starts up: this is the same sound but on a smaller scale. The ignition system in the furnace ignites the gas from the burners, and as the flames consume oxygen to light, there’s a sound of air displacement. 

When this noise becomes louder to the point you worry about it, what’s occurring is a delay with igniting the burners. When the furnace is running normally, the igniter lights the burners soon after the gas valve opens to allow natural gas to flow into the burner assembly. If the igniter delays lighting the gas, a large amount of unburned gas will build up in the combustion chamber, and when it does ignite, the oxygen displacement is large enough to create a startling boom sound.

Is This Something to Concern You?

Yes. It may not pose an immediate danger, but it means a malfunction in the furnace’s start-up. Several different issues could cause this.

A common one is a failing electronic ignition system. These igniters often fail years before the furnace does and will need a replacement—this is a simple job for technicians. It could also be a failure in the control board, a more serious problem that can start to affect other parts of the furnace. A more serious possibility is a failing flame sensor. This device registers if the burners have ignited; if they don’t, it will shut off gas flow to prevent the build-up of unburned gas in the combustion chamber.

You don’t need to worry about finding out the cause yourself. Leave that to our team. We recommend you shut off the gas to the furnace, then call us to come check on the heating system and find out what parts need to be repaired or replaced. 

At Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we pledge to exceed expectations at every turn. Call us when you need fast and effective heating repairs.

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Fall Is Here: It’s Time for Your Regular Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 4th, 2021
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September is partially summer, partially fall. But October is all fall, and as the air becomes crisper and cooler, you’ll start thinking more about using your home’s heating system.

You don’t want that central heating system to head into the coming winter without the proper preparations. That’s what professional heating maintenance does. So before it gets any cooler and you still aren’t slammed with holiday preparations, call our HVAC technicians to schedule your regular fall heating maintenance appointment.

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Don’t Skip End-of-Season Boiler Repairs

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Whether it’s your home or office, boilers need periodic maintenance to ensure that they keep working in order. If you’re looking for a boiler service in Frederick, MD, you have come to the right place! If you’re wondering why boiler maintenance is necessary and how often should you conduct it, keep reading!

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