Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Maintenance’

Electrical AC Issues: A Closer Look at Capacitors and Contactors

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Whenever we talk about why “do-it-yourself” isn’t an option when it comes to air conditioning repair, we mention just how complicated the modern AC is. It’s not only an intricate refrigerant-based system that requires special licensing to handle, it’s also a complex electrical device with motors, wires, a control board, and numerous other electrical intricacies. This is why an HVAC repair technician must have years of training and pass special licensing tests.

Today we’re going to take a look at two important parts of the electrical system inside an AC: the capacitors and the contactors. These are temporary parts that eventually wear down to the point that they’ll need a professional to replace them. If you schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioning system, technicians will catch early on when these parts need to be replaced. But even with this level of care, you may have an air conditioning system that suddenly won’t work because of failed capacitors or contactors.

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A Clogged HVAC Filter Can Cause Terrible Things!

Monday, July 1st, 2019
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The blog title might sound melodramatic. Can a clogged HVAC filter cause monsters to attack your house, or minor earthquakes to strike it? No, I won’t do any of that. Not that we’ve seen, anyway, and we’ve been in the business for more than twenty years. But we’ve seen the realistic terrible things that an air conditioning in Bethesda, MD can undergo when running with a clogged up HVAC filter, and we don’t want you to experience any of them.

It’s easy to avoid a clogged filter. All you have to do is remember to put in a fresh filter every one to three months. The frequency of the change depends on filter strength and how often the HVAC system runs, so we recommend you check monthly until you find the right frequency.

Now, to help you remember to do this, we’re going to talk about those HORRIBLE THINGS that a clogged filter can do.

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How You May Accidentally Waste Energy With Your AC

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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The air conditioning system that cools down your home during the summers consumes a large amount of energy each year. There’s no way around seeing an increase in electric bills during this time—the AC’s compressor places a large demand on power whenever it runs.

However, your electric bills may be higher than necessary. It’s not difficult to accidentally waste power with your air conditioner. But it’s also not difficult to identify power waste and stop it. In this post, we’ll list a few of the ways you might waste energy cooling your house during the summer, as well as what you can do to turn it around.

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Get Ready for Warmer Weather Now! Schedule AC Maintenance

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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Spring is here. The warm weather may not be, but cooler temperatures usually hang around early in the season. But the arrival of spring is a sign that it’s time to prepare our homes for the arrival of warmer days.

Annual air conditioning maintenance is one essential spring upkeep job. We recommend you arrange for maintenance from an HVAC professional as early in spring as you can, since this gives you extra time before the weather warms up. You can also take advantage of the less busy schedules of HVAC technicians to arrange for maintenance on a convenient date.

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Make Sure You Have Your Air Conditioner Tuned-Up This Season!

Monday, May 21st, 2018

air-conditioner-technicianHey, know what’s a really horrible feeling? Having your air conditioner break down on you in the middle of a heatwave. Want to stop that from happening to you? The best way to guard against it is by scheduling preventive maintenance for your system. Read on to find out more about why it’s so important to schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner this season.

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It’s Time for AC Maintenance! (Yes, Already)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairWell, it’s that time again everybody. In a few weeks, you’ll be turning off your heater in favor of cranking your air conditioner all the way up. That means that you should be using this time to get your home ready for the coming heat. If you haven’t already scheduled air conditioning maintenance, now is a great time to do it. Let’s have a look at why exactly you should schedule air conditioning maintenance in the first place, and why spring is the best time to do it.

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How to Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Reducing energy costs should be on the to-do list of every homeowner. Whether you care passionately about the environment or you just want to cut costs during the most expensive part of the year, there is plenty that you can do. How do you make your air conditioner more energy efficient? Read on for some tips:

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How Soon Should I Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

With plenty of chilly days still left in Chevy Chase, MD, your air conditioning is probably the last thing on your mind. However, if you haven’t had a maintenance appointment in the last year, it’s time to schedule one. Air conditioning maintenance is essential to avoiding major AC problems in the future.

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Late August Air Conditioning Tips for Homeowners

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Today is the last day of August, and while the heat and humidity are still here with us, it’s a great time to take stock of your current air conditioner. Many homeowners concerned about energy efficiency and performance will have had their systems evaluated, cleaned and tuned-up long before the cooling season began, but that doesn’t mean your system is invincible. Indeed, you’ll want to take note of any operational issues that may arise with your central air unit, heat pump or ductless mini split. Let’s take a look at a few tips that you may want to keep in mind when it comes to cooling here in Potomac.

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Why You Should Schedule Preventive Air Conditioning Maintenance this Spring

Monday, April 13th, 2015

You may have heard it said that if you want to save some money, don’t bother calling a professional about your air conditioner unless you know there’s a problem with it. While this may seem like wise advice, it can actually end up costing you quite a bit more in the long run. Air conditioning systems can develop problems without any visible symptoms, which often come out during times of increased usage and stress.

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