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

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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Fix-It-Yourself Furnace Problems? Nope! You Need Pros

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Is there such a thing as a furnace problem that you can solve with some basic DIY methods? Eh … sort of. We put nope in the title because it is better to be safe when it comes to furnace repairs. We’ll look at some of the basic solutions to simple furnace problems you can do yourself without safety hazards. For everything else, the service must be left to professionals who have the tools, knowledge, training, and certification to do the job safely and correctly.

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Has the Time Come at Last to Replace Your Boiler?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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One of the biggest advantages of using a boiler to heat a house is that a boiler can last longer than most other heating systems. With proper care, a boiler can last from 20 to 30 years before it starts to suffer from excessive wear.

If you have an older boiler, you may wonder if this is the year to have it replaced. Or your younger boiler may have a malfunction that’s too expensive to fix. We’ll examine some of the ways you can determine if you should replace your home’s boiler system before winter deepens.

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Our USA Maintenance Plan!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Oh no—how did it get to be December already? Wasn’t it just summer, or even Halloween? And now the outdoor temperatures are going to start to plummet until we reach the chilly lows of January in the next year. And you know how fast time flies when you’re busy during the December holiday rush.

Does this mean … if you missed out on having your heating system maintained, that it’s too late? You just have to skip it and hope your furnace or other heating system manages to get through the season in decent shape?

No, not at all! Maybe scheduling heating maintenance in Chevy Chase, MD during December isn’t ideal, but skipping maintenance altogether is much worse. Besides, the benefits of going with our maintenance program, the USA Maintenance Plan, are so enormous that it’s never a bad time to sign up. You’re planning ahead for much more than winter when you’re part of the USA Maintenance Plan.

In fact, right now we’re offering a special free one year Ultimate Service Agreement. Call us to find out more details about this great offer.

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