Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog

Bad Smells From Plumbing: What Might Be Wrong

November 2nd, 2020
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Nobody wants their plumbing to smell bad, because nobody wants their house to smell bad. But people understand that when foul odors start wafting from drains, there may be something seriously wrong with the plumbing system. It’s about more than just a bad-smelling house.

When it comes to plumbing in Germantown, MD and the surrounding areas, our plumbers know what must be done about foul odors from plumbing. Below we’re going to look at a few of the possibilities for smelly plumbing and whether you need to call us to have repairs or other work done.

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How to Troubleshoot (Not Repair!) a Failed Furnace

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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This Is an Ideal Time of Year to Have Drain Cleaning

October 5th, 2020
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We recommend that all our customers have drain cleaning done each year—and we’re here to encourage you to schedule if you haven’t already had it done for 2020. This is an important preventive measure to help care for your plumbing in Germantown, MD and it makes an immense difference in day to day convenience and for the long-term durability of the drainage system for your house.

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How Long Will the Plumbing Pipes in My Home Last?

September 21st, 2020
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If you’re asking this question, you are already ahead of the game compared to many homeowners, who often assume the pipes in their plumbing system will last for as long as their house lasts. Since most plumbing is out of sight, it is often out of mind—and the pipes are made from metal, so nothing will happen to them.

It only takes a bit of consideration to realize this isn’t true. Metal decays and corrodes, and the daily strain on freshwater and wastewater pipes will wear them down. There are also chemicals in the water that can cause damage, as well as hard water minerals. You can expect many years of service from plumbing pipes, but eventually, they must be replaced.

So, how long will the pipes in your plumbing in Kensington, MD last?

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Caution: Potential AC Equipment Shortage!

September 11th, 2020
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This is an important warning for all of our customers and potential customers: due to COVID-19, there have been several backlogs from HVAC manufacturers, leading to an equipment shortage. Some people are waiting as much as four weeks for new air conditioning equipment.

If you need AC services at the end of summer, now is not the time to delay! If you live in Washington D.C., Montgomery, or Frederick Counties, call our technicians now to arrange for the service you need. We have the inventory to see that you receive the help necessary for a cool home.

Get ahead of the peak season rush and call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for AC help as soon as you can.

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Plan Your Heating Maintenance With Our USA Plan

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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Why Do My Pipes Make a Loud Banging Sound?

August 24th, 2020
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It’s a jarring noise—a sudden bang or clank from the pipes in the walls of your house. It sounds like someone struck a hammer against the pipe material. In fact, that’s where the name of this phenomenon comes from: water hammer. Also known as hydraulic shock, but that’s not as fun a name, is it?

But this isn’t a fun occurrence, and you may have reason to be worried aside from the startling sensation of sudden noises from the walls. Water hammer can indicate problems with your home’s plumbing that may require calling our professionals to examine your pipes and find out what, if anything, we need to do.

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Is Your AC’s Compressor in Trouble?

August 10th, 2020
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All parts of an air conditioner do tasks that are important for its performance. But no other component of the modern air conditioner is more vital, and more a problem if it malfunctions, than the compressor. The compressor can be called, without exaggeration, the heart of an air conditioning system: it is responsible for the circulation of refrigerant through the AC so that the refrigerant can evaporate and condense to transfer heat from out of the house. Without a working compressor, a central air conditioner turns into nothing more than a large fan.

Another reason the compressor is important is that when it fails, it often means the entire air conditioner must be replaced. The cost to replace a compressor that is no longer under warranty is high enough that it’s more cost-effective to replace the rest of the AC components along with the compressor so the homeowner gets a new warranty.

Compressors often give off warnings that they’re in danger of burning out. If you notice these signs, schedule air conditioning repair in Bethesda, MD to fix the compressor or other problem before the compressor becomes irreparable.

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The 6-Year vs. the 10-Year Water Heater

July 27th, 2020
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When it comes to choosing a water heater for a new installation in a home, there isn’t a straightforward answer about which kind is better. It’s different for every home and household. This is why it’s important to always have water heater professionals involved from the beginning: don’t purchase the water heater first and then ask someone to install it! Getting the right system is critical for ensuring the system lasts you for many years, won’t waste energy, and can meet your household’s hot water demands.

In this post we want to draw attention to the difference between a 6-year water heater and a 10-year water heater. This is a common choice people have to make when it comes to storage tank water heaters, and understanding what makes them different will make the choice easier.

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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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