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

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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New Furnace Installation? A Few Things to Know

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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You’ve decided the time has come to replace your ancient, unreliable furnace. Good planning! The deepest cold hasn’t yet arrived, but it’ll soon be on its way. That gives you enough time to replace your old furnace with a new one that should give you many warm winters.

However, getting a new furnace isn’t as easy as shopping for furniture or purchasing appliances online. You can’t simply look at a furnace model and say, “Yeah, I’ll get this.” Furnaces have special requirements, and there are a few important points to know about installation.

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Sign Up for Our USA Plan and Get Your Heater in Shape for Winter

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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It’s already November, the last full month of fall. If you haven’t arranged for heating maintenance in Bethesda, MD yet, now is the best time to get this done. There is nothing better for your home comfort—and your peace of mind—than having HVAC professionals perform a maintenance inspection and tune-up before winter arrives. No matter if you use a boiler, gas furnace, heat pump, or geothermal system, these pre-season checks and adjustments are enormously beneficial.

We’ve made it as easy as possible for locals like you to have regular HVAC maintenance. It’s our Ultimate Savings Agreement (USA). You can join for as many systems in your home as you need: heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality. We feel so strongly about the quality of the USA program that we back it up with a 100% money-back guarantee for 60 days. You don’t have anything to lose and plenty to gain.

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Our 12-Year Part & Labor Warranty Protects Your Heating

Monday, March 11th, 2019
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You’re familiar with the phrase “The last [fill in the blank] you’ll ever need to buy.” Most of the time, those claims aren’t accurate. There’s rarely such a thing as “the last car you’ll ever need to buy,” or “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy.” Everything wears down with use and will need replacement.

However—we think we have something that comes awfully close to “the last purchase of HVAC equipment you’ll ever need.” It’s our 12-Year Part & Labor warranty combined with our Lifetime Unit replacement. Tuckers is the only contractor who offers a 12-Year warranty. You can hunt around other HVAC services in Silver Spring, MD and throughout Gaithersburg and Montgomery County, but you won’t find a better warranty than what we’re offering!

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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

Monday, February 11th, 2019

furnace-in-basementIt’s the second half of winter, and if you didn’t schedule regular maintenance for your furnace back in the fall, you may think it’s too late to bother. You can wait until the next fall to have it done.

But it isn’t too late! Furnace maintenance needs to be done annually. Although it’s always best to have the furnace maintained in fall to beat out the first cold days of winter, it’s better to have it done late than to skip it entirely. Furnace maintenance isn’t a luxury or “bonus” for the heating system—it’s essential. Call on a professional Rockville, MD, HVAC company today to arrange for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace.

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