Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog

Putting Together Air Filters and Air Purifiers = Great Indoor Air Quality

February 22nd, 2021
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You want the cleanest and healthiest indoor air possible for your home, and achieving this has probably been on your mind for most of the last year. If you’re now considering what you can do to enjoy better indoor air quality for your house and keep your family healthy, we’re the local HVAC pros to call. We offer several IAQ services to remove pollutants from circulating through the living spaces of homes. We think the best place to start with when improving air quality is with air filters and then see if air purifiers are necessary.

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Why Does My Furnace Start and Stop So Much?

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?

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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A Few Indoor Air Quality Services for the Start of the Year

January 11th, 2021
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How much attention did you pay to your home’s indoor air quality in Frederick, MD last year. We’d probably wager that you thought about it more than usual, but when “usual” is often close to “zero,” that might not mean much.

We want to stress how important it is to have good indoor air quality for your house. It’s critical for comfort—it’s not all about temperature!—and also for the short- and long-term health of everyone in the household. If you want to get a good start in 2021, you can begin by making improvements to your home’s IAQ with a number of services we offer.

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Is Your Toilet Overflowing? Here’s What to Do!

December 28th, 2020
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The overflowing toilet is one of the big nuisances a household can run into. And sometimes it can feel like a real panic-inducing emergency. The toilet is about as crucial as plumbing fixtures get in a home, and the idea of one overflowing and causing flooding in the bathroom isn’t pleasant, so it’s understandable that people might suddenly feel at a loss about what to do when it happens.

No problem: we’re here to help! An overflowing toilet is a good reason to call our plumbers, and we’ll drive out as fast as we can to have the problem corrected. We can’t teleport, of course, but we can provide you advice on what to do before we arrive to help alleviate the issue and hold back that anxiety attack.

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Why Won’t the Furnace Burners Ignite?

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

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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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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