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

4 Tips to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down as Often

Monday, November 13th, 2023

If you want your day to feel like it’s ruined, start it with your furnace breaking down—that’ll do the trick. When you encounter furnace problems first thing in the morning, you might wonder what you could’ve done differently to prevent something like this from happening. Well, turns out there are at least four tips we can provide to actually help you prevent this so you don’t have to call for Furnace repair in Gaithersburg.

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Furnaces vs. Boilers: What’s Best for Your Home Heating?

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Boilers are a great way to heat your home, but they’ve become less popular over time. Instead, furnaces have taken their mantle and continue to be one of the most popular home heating options available on the market today. So what should you do? Consider a boiler, or furnace installation n Frederick, MD? Let’s help you find out.

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Choosing Between Electric vs. Gas Furnaces

Monday, January 18th, 2021

You know that wintertime would be much tougher without the help of your heating system. So when that heating system gives out, it isn’t the time to be hemming and hawing online over which new unit will be the best fit. If your heater is getting close to its retirement, it is a good idea to plan ahead for what you want your next system to be.

Chances are that you may be considering a furnace but this can actually be a bigger choice than you think. You will want to consider selecting the best option between an electric or gas furnace in Jefferson, MD. Both options are great heating systems–the important part is selecting the one that meets your needs best.

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Do You Need to Retire Your Furnace?

Monday, January 4th, 2021

The heater is on, or at least you think it is, but the house is still cold. You layer up, check the thermostat, and start doing jumping jacks to take off the chill. While we admire the effort, the feeling that you can’t get warm is probably not on you–it may be because your heater can’t keep up anymore.

When a furnace in Jefferson, MD gives out, it’s never good news. But that doesn’t mean it has to ruin the start of your new year. Resolve to handle the situation without the stress! Check to see if these warning signs fit the mold and, if they do, reach out to us to get a replacement done ASAP.

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This Is a Vital Furnace Repair

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Okay, let’s start out by addressing the fact that no furnace repair should be delayed or ignored. If your furnace needs to be repaired, you should reach out to a pro to get the job done ASAP. When we are discussing a vital furnace repair we are simply addressing the fact that this repair need can actually present a problem for your comfort and your safety too. We are of course talking about the need to promptly address a cracked heat exchanger.

Here we have described why a cracked heat exchanger is such a big deal and we are proud to say you can rely on us for prompt repairs.

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger: Causes, Dangers, and Solutions

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Your furnace heater requires regular upkeep. Yearly maintenance can help it run for a good long while with fewer repairs, while timely repairs help keep it running, period. With that said, there are some repairs that are going to be a little less urgent than others, such as a dirty filter needing to be replaced.

While we urge our customers to always reach out to us as soon as they can for their furnace repair in Brunswick, MD, we know there are some fixes that can wait a day or two. But what about the repair needs that should be taken care of ASAP?

Out of all the repair needs your furnace can have, there is one that absolutely can’t be delayed in the least and that is the cracked heat exchanger.

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Listen for These Furnace Noises That Indicate a Problem

Monday, October 24th, 2016

As you use your furnace more and more often this season, you’re going to increase the amount of stress on the system. This makes it more likely for problems to occur. If you want to keep your furnace in the best possible condition, you need to make sure that you can identify problems as quickly as possible. One of the best ways to identify problems early is to listen for strange noises coming from your furnace. Read on to find out more about the various noises that indicate a furnace problem.

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Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Heating season is here, and for some of us that’s a bit of a problem. If your home heating system is on its last legs, this might be the season that it finally breaks down for good. Since you probably don’t want your furnace to die on you in the middle of the coldest season of the year, you’re going to need to replace it. If you aren’t sure whether or not your furnace is in need of replacement, read on for some of the most common signs.

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How Does a Gas Furnace Operate?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The most common heating fixture found in homes is the gas furnace. While they’ve always been a standard in home heating, today’s systems are more reliable and efficient than they have ever been. And since most homes already have a gas hookup and a duct system already in place, a gas furnace often just makes sense.

Few homeowners think about what powers the heat in their home and what happens when they switch on the thermostat. We’ll go over that here briefly, but be sure to call the people at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for more information about your furnace or to schedule repairs, maintenance, or new installation.

In order for a gas furnace to operate, you of course need a gas line in the home. In the past, the gas line would remain open in order to keep a pilot light on that would keep burning at all times. Today, however, furnaces are far more efficient in large part because updated ignition systems only ignite the gas once heating is called for by the thermostat. This happens in the combustion chamber, and the byproducts–namely carbon monoxide and water vapor–are vented through a flue and out the home.

The flame heats up a heat exchanger which directly heats the air. A blower fan sucks in cool air from your home. The cool air then blows over the heat exchanger and the now-warm air moves to the vents around your home. The blower fan will not start, though, until the furnace plenum reaches a preset temperature.

Another thing to keep in mind about the gas furnace is that there are many safety features that help to keep the furnace from leaking gas or even explosion. When one of these detects a problem, the unit will shut down. One important safety component, for example, will keep the furnace plenum from overheating. Another will stop gas from leaking should the flame go out.

Call the friendly technicians at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for furnace repairs, installation, or maintenance in Gaithersburg. We have experience with gas heating system, so you can feel confident that services have been completed properly and safely.

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Reasons Your Furnace Needs a Pre-Season Maintenance Visit

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The cooler temperatures have arrived – is your furnace ready to heat your home for the season? One of the best ways to prepare for the winter is to schedule furnace maintenance in Bethesda. Maintenance for your heating system isn’t a quick once-over with a flashlight; it’s a full system tune-up that helps both you and your system throughout the winter months. If it’s been more than a year since your last maintenance appointment, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today!

Here are some of the reasons it’s important to schedule maintenance for your furnace:

  • Helps prevent future repair needs – during maintenance, your system is thoroughly inspected. This allows the technician to detect any existing or developing issues. If small problems are discovered, such as frayed or corroded wiring, the technician will repair these items during the appointment. Should a bigger problem be found, you’ll be informed of the issue and advised to schedule a repair appointment to remedy the problem.
  • Better energy efficiency – your system was made to operate at a specific level of energy efficiency. When the system and its components wear down, and its parts are dirty and dusty, your furnace can’t achieve the level of efficiency it should. The cleaning, adjusting and lubricating that occur during a maintenance appointment allow your system to work optimally, so it can achieve its normal level of efficiency.
  • Better comfort – a worn and dirty furnace will have a hard time achieving the temperature that you set on your thermostat. The tune-up your system receives during a maintenance appointment allows the system to function optimally so it can achieve the comfort level you need.
  • Extends system lifespan – a furnace that operates year after year without maintenance is far more prone to breakdown and premature aging. Keeping the system in good working order with annual maintenance helps to extend the life of your equipment.

Don’t let a lack of maintenance cause you or your furnace in Bethesda problems this winter. Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing and schedule a maintenance appointment with one of our trained experts today.

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