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

Ending the Season With Your Heating System

Monday, 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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Why Does My Furnace Start and Stop So Much?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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If you’ve used the same furnace for at least a few years, you’ll have an idea how long it stays on each time it fires up to start a heating cycle. You may not pay special attention to it, but you’ll have a subconscious concept of how long it usually runs during a typical winter day. 

When the furnace begins to turn on and off more often, you’re likely to notice it. And since you’re here reading this, you have some idea that this shouldn’t be happening. It’s abnormal and may mean something is wrong that will require you to call us for heating repair in Gaithersburg, MD.

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Why Won’t the Furnace Evenly Heat the House?

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Your home’s central furnace is supposed to distribute heated air through ducts that spreads out to all the rooms connected with vents. This usually includes all the rooms with the exception of the attic, garage, or a few utility rooms. Although this spread of heat won’t be 100% even—there are always some variations because of the placement of rooms or lower amounts of insulation—you can expect your household to enjoy a relative level of comfort from the furnace.

Uneven heating, however, is a common problem that may affect a central furnace. If you have noticed some rooms are getting colder than they normally are, or maybe some rooms are getting too hot, something isn’t right. It may be a small problem or it could require you to call us for heating repair in Gaithersburg, MD to diagnose the problem and fix it.

What Might Cause Uneven Heating

Uneven heating can point toward several issues affecting the HVAC system:

  • Thermostat miscalibration: A thermostat picking up false readings may detect the house is warmer than it is, and will not keep the furnace running long enough to send sufficient heated air to all the rooms. You can’t push the thermostat higher to “fix” this, because it will cause rooms to become too hot. Technicians must recalibrate the thermostat.
  • Broken zone control system: Does your house have zoning for the HVAC system so you can shut off heating or cooling to some rooms and not others? If so, uneven heating might be due to a broken zone controls system—failed room thermostats, lost connections to certain rooms, or broken ductwork dampers.
  • Clogged air filter: A common cause of many household heating issues, a filter left in place too long will become congested and lower airflow. Less air will reach the distant rooms, causing uneven heating. Put in a clean filter to see if this improves the heating.
  • Leaking air ducts: Air leaks in the ductwork will affect the entire HVAC system, but most noticeably cause a drop in heating to specific rooms connected to a damaged stretch of ductwork. Only professionals can effectively locate these leaks and seal them or repair/replace the ducts. 
  • Short-cycling: When the furnace starts to short-cycle (starting and stopping repeatedly over a brief time), it won’t remain on long enough for an even heating spread. There are many reasons for short-cycling, and you’ll want a professional to find out the cause so it can be repaired.
  • Dying furnace: Uneven heating may be a warning that an older furnace (more than 15 years) is going into its final decline. We recommend calling for our technicians to give the furnace a thorough evaluation. They’ll tell you if it’s possible to go forward with repairs or if a replacement is a better choice.

No matter what is causing uneven heating across your house, you can trust our HVAC experts to have it solved. It’s our mission to provide high quality, efficient, and professional services that exceed customer expectations and surpass all others in the HVAC industry.

Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for service in Washington D.C., Montgomery and Frederick Counties. We pledge to exceed expectations at every turn.

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Why Won’t the Furnace Burners Ignite?

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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You don’t have to know much about how your gas furnace runs other than the basics about an ignition system (either a standing pilot light or an electronic igniter) lighting the gas burner flames that generate the heat that in turn is blown into the ventilation system.

So when the burners in your gas furnace won’t ignite, you know you’ve got a problem. But what kind of problem, and how big is it? There may be a simple explanation, or you may need to call our technicians for heater repair in Bethesda, MD. When in doubt, always play it safe and let certified professionals examine the issue—gas furnaces should never have amateur repairs!

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Common Signs You Need to Schedule Boiler Repair

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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As we gear up for another cold winter, heating systems will come on in homes all throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. If you use a boiler to heat your home, you’ll soon start enjoying the even and pleasant warmth you expect from this type of heating system.

Or … maybe you won’t. Because even with the best seasonal maintenance for a boiler, it can still malfunction and require heating repair in Germantown, MD. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the comfort you deserve from your boiler this winter, and so we’ve laid out some warning signs to look for that the boiler needs our help soon. We’re committed to giving you the best experience with your home heating system possible

Here are the top warnings that your boiler needs pros to repair it:

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How to Troubleshoot (Not Repair!) a Failed Furnace

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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We want to stress at the start—which is why we put it in the title—that troubleshooting a furnace is not the same thing as attempting to do a DIY repair on a furnace. You won’t be taking out a toolbox, watching a “how-to” video on YouTube, and tinkering with the inside of the furnace hoping you can correct the problem. Not only is this usually ineffective, it can also be dangerous if you have a gas furnace and may be illegal in your jurisdiction.

If you go through all the troubleshooting steps we’ve listed below, which are all safe checks you can make to see if the problem with the furnace is simple, and still have the same problem, call us for professional heating repair in Germantown, MD.

Okay, important notice out of the way … let’s see what you can do about your non-heating furnace.

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Plan Your Heating Maintenance With Our USA Plan

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

Monday, 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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Avoid Wasting Money With Your Heating at the End of Winter

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Winter officially ends in March—but that doesn’t mean cold weather stops. April can bring unpleasantly icy surprises. This is why we stress that our customers arrange for heating services in Gaithersburg, MD when they encounter malfunctions, no matter how close it is to when warmer weather settles in.

We want to draw attention to a common problem homeowners at the end of winter can have even with heaters in good condition: money waste. A combination of bad habits and excess stress on the heater can cause bills to rise needlessly at this time. Don’t spend the end of winter shelling out more money for heat than you need to.

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Combustion Problems With High-Efficiency Furnaces

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Modern furnace technology has allowed for heating systems with high efficiency that surpass anything built before. Where furnaces once averaged efficiency ratings of around 80% AFUE (meaning 80% of the fuel turns to heating energy and 20% escapes as exhaust), special high-efficiency condensing furnaces can score around 97% AFUE. This is because these high-efficiency furnaces are condensing furnaces. Condensing furnaces contain a second heat exchanger where the exhaust from the first heat exchanger is condensed to release even more heat.

Although a condensing furnace isn’t the ideal heating system for all homes and budgets, in the right home they’re a fantastic way to enjoy savings. But they can have some specific repair issues to watch for, specifically when it comes to combustion. We’ll look at a few of these combustion troubles below.

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