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

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

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

Monday, 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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Important Reminder About Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Have you already scheduled routine maintenance for your air conditioner? If not, now is the time to do it—because spring is almost officially over and the serious heat will be settling in. You want your home’s cooling system to be ready to go and in the best possible shape to handle steady days of work.

Most maintenance tasks need professionals to perform. That’s why you have our experts available to do the job. But there’s one maintenance task you have to do yourself through the rest of the cooling season, and that is to routinely change the air filter. We’ve talked about the air filter before, but it’s worth reminding people because regularly swapping it for a new one is both easy and essential for an AC to work its best and avoid numerous problems.

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Time to Check on Your Sump Pump for Spring

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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When the winter snow melts, it can mean flooding in homes. Spring can also bring with it more storms and an increased concern with floodwaters. You have a sump pump in your home’s basement or crawlspace to deal with these specific problems. That’s great—it’s one of the best precautions you can take against extensive water damage, building damage, mold growth, and all the rest that comes with water flooding into the lower parts of your house.

But a sump pump that won’t work when you need it to isn’t much good. So before we get any deeper into spring, we recommend you take some basic steps to check on your sump pump.

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Avoid Wasting Money With Your Heating at the End of Winter

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Winter officially ends in March—but that doesn’t mean cold weather stops. April can bring unpleasantly icy surprises. This is why we stress that our customers arrange for heating services in Gaithersburg, MD when they encounter malfunctions, no matter how close it is to when warmer weather settles in.

We want to draw attention to a common problem homeowners at the end of winter can have even with heaters in good condition: money waste. A combination of bad habits and excess stress on the heater can cause bills to rise needlessly at this time. Don’t spend the end of winter shelling out more money for heat than you need to.

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Drain Cleaning Helps Start the New Year

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Do you have a New Year’s resolution you’re already working on? Or do you have a general plan of several projects you would like to get done in 2020? We suggest you pencil in an easy but helpful one as part of your household project: schedule drain cleaning services with a plumber in Gaithersburg, MD. Specifically, schedule drain cleaning with one of our licensed plumbers. We’ll see that your drains have a good start to the ‘20s!

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Water Saving Tips for Your Home—Easy Ones!

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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Conserving water is something every homeowner can do. And conserving water is far easier than many people believe. You don’t have to make huge sacrifices to cut back on water use. Instead, you just need to know the right tips and the right plumbing jobs to have done.

Most homes have plenty of good reasons to reduce water use. According to the WaterSense program of the US EPA, “40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade.” Another WaterSense fact is that most homes can use 20% less water by following only the first tip on our list below.

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Late Season AC Breakdown Warnings!

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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The weather can be odd in October, so it’s wise to be ready for anything, including spikes in the heat. This means your home may need air conditioning services in Gaithersburg, MD before the true cold weather sets in. It’s wise to be alert for warning signs your air conditioner is running into problems. Just because the AC is soon going to go into winter hibernation doesn’t mean you can let problems slide. Any cooling system malfunction needs a fast response to diagnose and repair it. Otherwise, the problem may worsen, cause a rise in utility bills, and shorten the overall system life.

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