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

How Can You Know You Have Hidden Leaks When They’re … Hidden?

Monday, September 19th, 2022
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The hidden plumbing leak can create a Catch-22: you have to know to look for hidden leaks, but how can you know to look for them if they’re hidden? The secret is vigilance combined with occasional preventive plumbing service in Frederick, MD

The sad truth is that many homes in the US suffer from hidden leaks that waste a combined billions of gallons of water each year. The older your home, the more likely you have plumbing leaks disguised somewhere in the walls, slowly letting water escape, raising your bills and causing gradual water damage. We recommend you pay close attention to any of these signs of hidden leaks as well as schedule routine leak detection with professionals every few years.

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Signs of an AC Compressor in Peril

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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When it comes to AC repair in Frederick, MD, the part you most want to keep in good shape is the compressor. This component is the workhorse of the air conditioning system: it consumes the most electricity to run (35,000–41,000 watts per hour) and it’s necessary to cause refrigerant to circulate through the AC and move heat from indoors to outdoors. Because the compressor is such an expensive part to replace, people often opt to replace their entire air conditioning system when the compressor fails.

In other words, if you can possibly catch a compressor that’s in danger of failing, you want to. If technicians can perform repairs that will rescue the compressor, you’ll have prevented a much more expensive service.

So … how can you tell that your compressor may need our technicians’ attention?

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How You Can Help Save Water This Summer

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Water use increases in summer. It’s hard to avoid. But there are ways you can cut down on your household water consumption during the summer and not only lower your utility bills but also benefit the environment. 

Below, we’ve listed several of the best tips for summer water conservation. Some of these are tips you can put into practice yourself. Others require professional plumbing service in Frederick, MD. You can depend on our expert plumbers to help you out so you can get those water bills under control.

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May Is a Fine Month for AC Maintenance

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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May in general is a fine month, the best month of spring. Although cold snaps may still strike, we mostly enjoy the ideal warm weather without extreme heat. May is superb for many outdoor activities. It’s also a great time to schedule regular air conditioning maintenance.

We know that doesn’t sound like a fun May activity, but when you go with air conditioning service in Frederick, MD with the team at Tuckers, you’ll find it’s easy to have maintenance done and enjoy the benefits for the rest of spring and summer. It’s also a job you never want to miss out on—few AC services have as many advantages and pay off so well in the future, both in savings and comfort!

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Can Using a Space Heater Help Me Save on Heating?

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Space heaters can be an effective way of warming up a small part of your house or keeping your feet toasty and warm during the cold evenings. However, they aren’t created to be the primary source of heat. Most people attempt to save some cash on their home energy costs by heating a room or two using a space heater then decreasing the temperature of the furnace thermostat. But does doing so make any financial sense? The answer to this question will depend on your circumstances.

This post will discuss whether or not a space heater can help you make some savings on your heating costs. Keep reading to find out more.

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Why Is My Toilet Making a Gurgling Sound?

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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When toilets produce a gurgling sound, many homeowners often find themselves wondering whether the gurgling sound is a cry for help from their drainage or it’s just a typical sound. Unfortunately, it’s the former.

When you encounter a rumbling, weird sound randomly or after you’ve flushed the toilet, it often means that there’s an underlying problem in your plumbing system that you need to handle. In many cases, it can be hard to determine whether it’s a minor situation or it’ll require plenty of plumbing work.

So, what causes that irritating gurgling sound? This post will discuss what makes your toilet produce that sound and how you can fix it.

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My Furnace Is Making a “Boom!” Noise—Is This Dangerous?

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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If you’re listening to your furnace for odd sounds, you’re already off to a good start when it comes to ensuring you have a heating system that runs safely and effectively. Gas furnaces have numerous safety features and aren’t normally dangerous for a household. (Let’s be honest: if they were, they would never be permitted into homes in the first place!) But malfunctions can happen, and the best way to prevent them from turning into potential safety issues for your household is to pick up early on warning signs and call for heating repair in Frederick, MD

So we’re glad you noticed this boom noise from your furnace and want to know more about it. We’ll get into details about this below, but remember that if you’re ever in doubt about anything regarding your furnace, it’s always safest to look to professionals for assistance.

The Cause of the Startling Noise

Nobody wants to hear a gas-burning appliance go “boom!” Just writing that sounds scary. If you’re near your furnace when it makes this sound, it can make you jump with alarm. 

What you’re hearing is the sudden combustion of a large amount of natural gas within the furnace’s combustion chamber. If you listen to the furnace coming on during normal operation, you’ll hear a small whoosh sound as it starts up: this is the same sound but on a smaller scale. The ignition system in the furnace ignites the gas from the burners, and as the flames consume oxygen to light, there’s a sound of air displacement. 

When this noise becomes louder to the point you worry about it, what’s occurring is a delay with igniting the burners. When the furnace is running normally, the igniter lights the burners soon after the gas valve opens to allow natural gas to flow into the burner assembly. If the igniter delays lighting the gas, a large amount of unburned gas will build up in the combustion chamber, and when it does ignite, the oxygen displacement is large enough to create a startling boom sound.

Is This Something to Concern You?

Yes. It may not pose an immediate danger, but it means a malfunction in the furnace’s start-up. Several different issues could cause this.

A common one is a failing electronic ignition system. These igniters often fail years before the furnace does and will need a replacement—this is a simple job for technicians. It could also be a failure in the control board, a more serious problem that can start to affect other parts of the furnace. A more serious possibility is a failing flame sensor. This device registers if the burners have ignited; if they don’t, it will shut off gas flow to prevent the build-up of unburned gas in the combustion chamber.

You don’t need to worry about finding out the cause yourself. Leave that to our team. We recommend you shut off the gas to the furnace, then call us to come check on the heating system and find out what parts need to be repaired or replaced. 

At Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we pledge to exceed expectations at every turn. Call us when you need fast and effective heating repairs.

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Water Stain on the Ceiling? You May Have a Serious Plumbing Leak!

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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There are many problems you don’t want to see in your house, and one that people often fear is seeing a noticeable water stain on the ceiling. What does it mean? What can you do about it? 

Unfortunately, the answer many people have to the second question is “Ignore it.” We know that denying a problem often seems like the easiest way to deal with something in the short term. But trust us as professional plumbers—ignoring a water stain on the ceiling is the worst thing you can do. Almost as bad is trying to cover up the stain. This isn’t just a cosmetic problem: you likely have a major plumbing issue. 

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The Sneaky Enemy of Your Pipes: Pinhole Leaks

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Hidden plumbing leaks in a house can account for a massive waste of water. While you quietly enjoy your home life, pipes hidden in floorboards and walls might be taking money from your wallet and even causing damage to the building. 

This is why hidden leak detection is an essential plumbing service in Frederick, MD we offer. If you have any suspicions about a rise in your water usage, call us to check for hidden leaks. 

In this post, we’ll examine one of the sneakiest of all hidden leaks: pinhole leaks. As the name indicates, these are tiny leaks—but that doesn’t mean they won’t create problems for you.

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Why Is My AC Shutting Off Too Early?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Is this happening to you? You set your home thermostat for the usual daytime temperature when it’s hot outside. The AC turns on, you can hear the compressor running, cooled air starts to flow from the vents. Then the compressor shuts off, but the house hasn’t gotten cool enough. You fiddle with the thermostat, and maybe the AC starts to cool again, but then shuts off early, and so on… 

This is a problem since you’ll have to go through hassles and raise your electric bills to try to stay cool. Why is this happening, and what can you do about it? We’ll look into that below.

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