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

Get Ready for Warmer Weather Now! Schedule AC Maintenance

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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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Call for Drain Cleaning Services If You Have These Symptoms

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Drain-SnakingKeeping your drains healthy and efficient is an important part of keeping your plumbing system healthy and efficient. If your drains are not operating properly, it can have wide ranging effects throughout the rest of your plumbing and sewer system. One of the best ways to make sure that your drains stay in good condition is to schedule drain cleaning services. Have a look at the signs below that you should probably call for professional drain cleaning services sooner, rather than later.

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Be Careful of These Air Conditioning Problems This Summer

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

air-conditioner-maintenanceJust because we’re getting closer to the end of summer doesn’t mean you aren’t going to use the air conditioner for the rest of the season. There are still likely to be a few times when you’re going to need your air conditioner before it turns off for the rest of the season. For those times, it’s important that you keep an eye out for problems that might arise with the air conditioner. You don’t want to end the summer by paying high AC repair costs, after all. The following are a few of the more common problems you might run into during the next couple weeks.

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Do I Need a Water Filter?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Water-SoftenerEveryone should know at this point that the water coming out of their taps isn’t of the highest quality. Not that it’s necessarily dangerous, of course. Just that in most areas it’s not the best tasting water. In some areas, though, the quality of the water actually does raise some health concerns. In those cases, it might be a good idea to have a water filter of some kind installed in your plumbing system. The following are a few of the more common signs that you should make use of a water filtration system of some kind.

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Common Water Heater Issues You Should Know About

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are just as prone to breaking down as any other system. You can schedule preventive maintenance for it to lower the odds of problems developing in the system, and you should. Even if you do, though, you still need to keep an eye out for problems in the system between appointments. The faster you can recognize that your water heater is experiencing some sort of problem, the faster you can have it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. The following are some common signs that your water heater is experiencing problems.

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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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Why Your AC Might Cost More to Run This Summer

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Summer is coming and that means your air conditioning unit will soon be called into service once again. We’re all accustomed to paying more for air conditioning in the summer, when our need is highest and we use the A/C the most often. It doesn’t have to be that way. Air conditioning maintenance conducted in the spring, before the temperatures get too high, can make a big difference in your monthly cooling bills. Otherwise your A/C might cost more to run this summer than necessary.

Among other benefits (like spotting big problems when they’re still small), a maintenance session helps improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. The technician will clean off dust and dust on the interior components, which might otherwise increase friction among moving parts and clog important filters. He’ll also check the refrigerant levels, which need to match the specifications of your air conditioner. Otherwise frost will form on the coils, reducing the A/C’s ability to cool the surrounding air. Other steps include tightening loose fittings and sealing minor leaks, as well as looking for more serious issues in need of repair.

All of that helps improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. Without a maintenance visit, your unit won’t necessarily break down. But it will work harder to do the same job, as moving parts endure more friction, loose components rattle in their housings and a many tiny imperfections pull energy away from the unit’s primary job of cooling your house. You’ll see the cost of that every month when your bills comes: higher than it should be and often disguised by the fact that it’s summer, and you expect to pay more for using your air conditioning system.

For more on why your A/C might cost more to run this summer, or to schedule a maintenance tune-up, the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing are here to help. We operate in Germantown, MD, air conditioning maintenance is one of our core services, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction every step of the way. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Tankless water heaters, as their name implies, are systems that heat up your water without using a standing tank like most people are accustomed to. The water passes through heated coils that instantly warms it and continues to provide hot water as long as the water is turned on. But is that the right choice for your Germantown, MD home? Here is a brief rundown of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

The biggest benefit lies in its efficiency. Because the tankless model doesn’t have to maintain the heat for an entire tank, they use much less energy than their tanked cousins. That can save you a great deal of money in monthly heating costs, as well as making your home more environmentally friendly. You also don’t need to wait for tankless water heaters to warm up, which means you get hot water much faster than you usually do with tanked models. In addition, tankless heaters tend to last longer than the alternative, and their small size means they take up a lot less space to boot.

On the downside, tankless models tend to cost more up-front than a more traditional water heater, which means you need to be prepared to “invest” in future savings. They can’t always handle high loads the way more traditional models can, which means you may need to install multiple units (especially if you have a large family or use a lot of water as a general rule).

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that the specifics vary based on your individual circumstances. The pros and cons of tankless water heaters should not be lightly dismissed, and the more you know going in, the more easily you can make an informed decision. In Germantown, MD, plumbing companies like Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can discuss the matter with you, then perform an installation with professionalism and pride. Call us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you make the best decision for your household!

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Heating Tip: Components of a Gas Furnace

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Gas furnaces remain the go-to option for many household heating systems, providing cheap reliable heat to keep your home cozy and comfortable. Because it’s such a vital part of the home, and because it periodically requires repair just like any other mechanical system, it pays to know how it all works. Here’s a quick explanation of the components gas furnaces that will help you better understand how they work and when you need to call for repairs.

The heating process starts with an ignition system, which used to be the pilot light in older models, but now usually electronic ignition. The ignition is connected to a thermocouple which regulates the flow of gas into the furnace. When the thermocouple detects that the ignition is activated, it releases the gas. (This is an important safety feature that keeps your home from being flooded with unlit gas.)

The lit gas then moves to the burners, located beneath a heat exchanger which is essentially a long metal tube with openings on either end. The gas burns very hot, and it passes through the heat exchanger, which is warmed by the heat and subsequently passes that heat onto the surrounding air. The toxic byproduct passes safely through the heat exchanger and into a venting pipe, where it safely exists your home.  The heated air around the exchanger is now ready for distribution into your home. A fan or blower then movies it into a series of ducts, which safely distribute it.

Other heating tips on the components of a gas furnace can be provided by the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. If you need heating service in Germantown, MD, call us today to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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Should I Schedule a Heating Repair Appointment if My Ductwork Is Clanging?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The ductwork in your home does its job mostly invisibly: it lies out of your sight in walls, floors, ceilings, and basements. It should also do its job inaudibly: the only sound you should hear from your ducts is the humming from your forced-air heating system that sends warmth through the ducts to your vents.

When you hear a clanging or banging noise inside your ducts, it’s usually a warning that you need to schedule heating repair in Germantown, PA. At Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating, we take pride in our state-of-the-art technology to clean and repair ducts. If you need to schedule repairs because of metal clanging inside your ductwork, call us first: our NATE-certified technicians will use their expertise to help you.

The Causes of Clanging in Your Ducts

The main reason for this clanging sound is that your ducts are expanding because of air pressure. If you notice the clanging sound happening soon after your heater’s blower comes on, then this is almost certainly the reason for the noise. The gauge of the metal of the ducts isn’t thick enough to handle the pressure increase, and the metal “bulges,” making that clanging sound. This will occur most frequently in places where there is a long unsupported stretch of duct.

Does this mean you have to completely replace your ductwork with thicker gauge material? Not necessarily—although sometimes that is the case, especially if your ductwork is very old. Duct specialists can brace up the unsupported stretches to keep them from expanding and creating the clanking noise. You may also have some of the metal ductwork taken out and replaced with flexible ducts or duct board, neither of which will make clanking sounds when they expand.

Contact duct repair and cleaning experts to look over your ducts and see what can be done about this problem; you won’t have easy access to the ducts yourself, so make sure that you leave this in the hands of the professionals. It’s also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned, since sometimes clanging noises can come from objects that have become trapped inside the ducts.

At Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating, we have many years of experience working with ducts for heating and cooling systems. Because we also specialize in indoor air quality, we have extensive knowledge about cleaning and repairing ducts. Make us your first call when you discover you have noisy ductwork, or if you need any kind of heating repair in Germantown, PA.

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