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

Plan Your Heating Maintenance With Our USA Plan

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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The start of September is the time we recommend people give serious thought to arranging for heating maintenance in Frederick, MD. The earlier you have a pre-season tune-up and inspection for your furnace or any other heater, the more it will benefit you, and the better prepared you’ll be for the shift in the weather when it comes.

You don’t have to look any farther for great heating maintenance, because you’ve found the company with the Ultimate Service Agreement—the maintenance plan that helps you save money and gives your heater the best chance of providing hassle-free warmth through the winter.

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Our USA Maintenance Plan!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Oh no—how did it get to be December already? Wasn’t it just summer, or even Halloween? And now the outdoor temperatures are going to start to plummet until we reach the chilly lows of January in the next year. And you know how fast time flies when you’re busy during the December holiday rush.

Does this mean … if you missed out on having your heating system maintained, that it’s too late? You just have to skip it and hope your furnace or other heating system manages to get through the season in decent shape?

No, not at all! Maybe scheduling heating maintenance in Chevy Chase, MD during December isn’t ideal, but skipping maintenance altogether is much worse. Besides, the benefits of going with our maintenance program, the USA Maintenance Plan, are so enormous that it’s never a bad time to sign up. You’re planning ahead for much more than winter when you’re part of the USA Maintenance Plan.

In fact, right now we’re offering a special free one year Ultimate Service Agreement. Call us to find out more details about this great offer.

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Sign Up for Our USA Plan and Get Your Heater in Shape for Winter

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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It’s already November, the last full month of fall. If you haven’t arranged for heating maintenance in Bethesda, MD yet, now is the best time to get this done. There is nothing better for your home comfort—and your peace of mind—than having HVAC professionals perform a maintenance inspection and tune-up before winter arrives. No matter if you use a boiler, gas furnace, heat pump, or geothermal system, these pre-season checks and adjustments are enormously beneficial.

We’ve made it as easy as possible for locals like you to have regular HVAC maintenance. It’s our Ultimate Savings Agreement (USA). You can join for as many systems in your home as you need: heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality. We feel so strongly about the quality of the USA program that we back it up with a 100% money-back guarantee for 60 days. You don’t have anything to lose and plenty to gain.

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It’s Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Summer is coming to a close, and soon it will be time to warm up your heating system. Before the days get too cold, though, you need to make sure that your heating system is capable of keeping your home warm for another winter. The best way to do that is to schedule preventive heating maintenance services. Let’s take a look at how scheduling preventive heating maintenance can help you.

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Does My Furnace Need Maintenance Service if it is Operational? A Common Heating Question

Monday, January 21st, 2013

When your furnace is working well, you probably don’t think much about it. We all love to enjoy the consistent and comfortable heat of a well-functioning furnace. It’s only when our furnace stops providing heat that we actually pay it any attention. At Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating, we provide complete furnace repair and furnace maintenance in Chevy Chase. Getting regular heating maintenance for your furnace is always a good idea. We thought it would be helpful if we put together some of the benefits.

Benefits of Heating Maintenance

No matter what kind of heating system you have, getting regular inspections and tune-ups is probably a good idea. We all realize how beneficial regular oil changes and tune-ups are for our cars: the same goes for your furnace. Here are some of the benefits of furnace maintenance.

  • Reduced repairs – Perhaps one of the best benefits to regular furnace maintenance is that it can potentially reduce the need for costly repairs. When you have a professional heating technician from Tuckers looking over your furnace, they’ll be able to detect small problems before they potentially turn into larger ones.
  • Increased efficiency – When you use your furnace often without every maintaining it, dirt and dust will start to build up in it. The moving parts will start to wear out which can lead to a decrease in efficiency. During regular maintenance visits, our technicians will clean out and thoroughly inspect your furnace. We’ll lubricate the fan’s bearings, replace the fan belt and much more. All of this can potentially increase the efficiency of your furnace.
  • Extended equipment life – We called to replace furnaces all the time here in Chevy Chase. Many of those furnaces were destroyed by small problems that could have been detected and fixed during a routine maintenance visit.

If you’re interested in learning more about furnace maintenance in Chevy Chase, call Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating today at 301-670-0034!

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Getting the Most from a Commercial Heater

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Getting the most efficient performance possible out of any heating system is a great goal to have, but it can be especially important – and difficult – when dealing with a commercial heating system. Commercial heating systems are put under a lot of stress, and they can go through a lot of energy to keep your commercial space comfortably warm. That is why it is so important that you contact a professional service provider, such as Tucker’s Air Conditioning & Heating, to handle all of your commercial heating services in Gaithersburg. Only a qualified professional can help you get the most out of your commercial heater.

The process begins before your commercial heating system installation is even performed. It is necessary that your commercial heater is appropriately sized for your commercial space. If the system is too small it will be overtaxed and inefficient. If it is too large it will heat the space too quickly, short-cycling often and reducing air quality. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear or damages to your commercial heater.

The installation of your commercial heater is integral to its successful, efficient operation. This is a much bigger job than a residential installation, and your professional service provider must be able to integrate all of the components into your system properly for you to get the full benefits. If your installation is not handled by a qualified professional, you will never get the efficiency and effectiveness during operation that it should be capable of.

Finally, the most important step that you can possibly take is to schedule regular, professional maintenance for your commercial heater. Having a commercial heating expert service and maintain your system is the best protection you have to prevent minor problems from becoming serious issues. Even light damages to your system can quickly snowball, reduce efficiency and cause serious disruption to your commercial heating service if left unaddressed.

When you need to keep your commercial heating system in Gaithersburg running smoothly, you need to contact a professional. A high quality installation teamed with the exceptional services from Tucker’s Air Conditioning & Heating can help you get the most from your commercial heater. Call today to schedule service.

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Heating Tip: Early Warning Signs of Heating System Problems

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Heating systems function best and last longest when they are well maintained. Homeowners sometimes wait until a break-down in the heating system of their home before addressing a problem.  These types of repairs are usually costly, and can weaken the overall functionality of a heating system.  By keeping an eye out for early warning signs that your heating system may be in need of maintenance or repair, you will save money and extend the life of the heater.

Here are early warning signs to look out for:

Heat Pumps

Proper air flow is essential for any heating system to work well, including heat pumps. If you believe there is an inconsistency in air flow from your heat pump, or you feel air leaks coming from ducts, it is a good idea to call a professional to inspect it. An HVAC contractor can check to see that the air is moving properly throughout the system. It is a good idea to have your coils cleaned on your heat pump, because if they are dirty or clogged it can prevent good air flow.

Boilers

There are a few early warning signs that your boiler may be in need of maintenance.  If you notice a decrease in heat being produced, something may have happened inside the boiler to reduce the hot water levels. You can check the pressure gauge, or call a technician to do so, to see if that is culprit. If there is a problem with the radiator within the boiler, you may hear a hissing sound or there may be a lack of heat if this is the case. Problems with the radiator will require an HVAC technician to fix it.

If you notice that your gas boiler’s pilot light has gone out that may indicate a gas flow problem within the system. Call an HVAC technician, who should be able to easily fix the issue. And if you notice any water leakage coming from your boiler, that can lead to problems with temperature control.

If you notice any signs of trouble with your heating system, especially early on, it is important to address them as soon as possible to help maintain your heater’s performance.  Call Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating at 301-670-0034 with any questions or to help address any concerns with the heating system in your Gaithersburg area home.

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5 Benefits of Heating Maintenance That You’re Missing Out On

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Think about how your car would run if you didn’t get the oil changed regularly. Now imagine how the heating system in your home will run without maintenance. Regular tune-ups and maintenance are a great way to positively impact the heating system in your home. To show just how beneficial regular maintenance can be, we’ve put together 5 benefits that you might be missing out on without it.

Reduced Repair Costs

One of the main benefits of regular maintenance is that it can potentially reduce the amount of repairs that are needed for your heating system. When you have a professional heating technician looking over your equipment on a regular basis, they can find small problems before they turn into larger, more expensive repairs.

Improved Efficiency

Over time, the efficiency of your heating system will start to deteriorate. This is just a natural part of life. Moving parts start to wear down and they cause the system to have to work harder to accomplish tasks. Regular heating maintenance is a good option for slowing that process down. During their maintenance visits, the technician will lubricate moving parts, replace worn belts and generally perform upkeep on the system. This may be able to improve the efficiency of the system.

Extended Life

Another benefit of regular maintenance is the potential to extend the life of your heating equipment. Your professional heating technician will be able to catch small problems before they can destroy your system completely. This reduces the chances that catastrophic issues will develop.

Safety

In some cases, regular maintenance might be able to improve the safety in your home. Some problems that develop with your heating system, particularly those systems that burn fuel, can be threatening to your health and your home. For example, if you have a furnace with a cracked heat exchanger, it might be leaking carbon monoxide into your home. This problem is very difficult to detect. But with regular maintenance, your professional technician will most likely be able to identify the symptoms and propose a solution.

Greater Comfort

With regular maintenance your heating system will probably work better. This will most likely result in a greater level of comfort in your home due to the proper operation of your heating system.

If you have any questions about the heating system in your home in Bethesda or the surrounding areas, contact the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been providing comprehensive heating installation, repair and maintenance services in the Bethesda area for many years. Call us today!

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Heating Maintenance Tasks for Furnaces, Boilers, Heat Pumps, and Geothermal Systems

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Regular maintenance of your heating and air conditioning system is critical to extending the life of your equipment and keeping it running well. We’ve laid out some of the basic maintenance practices for furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and geothermal systems.

Furnace Maintenance

Here are some essential tasks that need to be regularly performed on your furnace by a professional:

  • Check and replace the air filter
  • Check and clean the burner, ignition source
  • Check the flames for irregular movement or color
  • Check the flue for cracks, leaks or holes
  • Check the motor and fan blades for debris and obvious wear or repair needs

Boiler Maintenance

Boilers also need regular, professional maintenance. Here are some things your contractor will do:

  • Bleed radiators to release air bubbles
  • Check and clean burner
  • Check water and air levels in expansion chamber
  • Check for water leaks around the base of the boiler
  • Check pump, lubricate parts as necessary

Heat Pump Maintenance

Heat pumps typically have a condensing unit outside that needs regular, professional maintenance. Heat pump maintenance includes:

  • Changing air filters
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Lubricate and clean all moving parts like fan motor, belts and blades
  • Check coils for leaks
  • Check drainage line and condensate pan for clogs or leaks
  • Visually inspect your duct system

Geothermal Maintenance

Though geothermal systems don’t need a lot of maintenance, there are some tasks that need to be performed by a professional regularly to keep them working efficiently.

  • They will change the air filter for your geothermal system
  • Check the refrigerant pressure gauges regularly to make sure that there isn’t a leak in your loop
  • Check and lubricate moving parts like fan motors, belts and blades
  • Visually inspect your ducts
  • Check condensation drain lines and the condensate pan for clogs and leaks

Regular professional maintenance is absolutely critical to your comfort. If you have questions about heating and air conditioning maintenance for your home in Gaithersburg, then call the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating today at 301-670-0034.

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Is a Service Contract a Good Deal? A Heating Maintenance Question

Monday, October 1st, 2012

People often ask us whether a service contract is a good deal. Will that annual service plan actually save you money on things like heating and cooling and will your HVAC system last any longer by having such a contract in place? The answer varies depending on your HVAC system, its age, its current efficiency and the cost of your bills and frequency of repairs, but in almost every situation a service contract is a good deal and here is why.

  1. Increased Efficiency – On average, an HVAC system can drop between 10-25% in efficiency after two consecutive years of operation without a tune up. Tune ups remove unwanted dust and debris and make your system more efficient as a whole. That’s why it is highly recommended to have service performed on a contract each year.
  2. Peace of Mind and Reduced Repairs – With a service contract, you will know not only that someone will tune up your system once a year but that the tune up will be backed up by a guarantee and that if your system stops working for any reason, there is a professional on call to visit and repair the problem.
  3. Continuous Coverage from the Same Contractors – Another benefit of having a service contract is that the same person will perform repairs and tune ups on your system every year, ensuring that problems are noted over time and the same type of parts and same service is performed each time you have someone come out.

By having a service contract added to the maintenance of your home’s HVAC components, you not only ensure they will work properly when on but that they last longer and operate at a lower cost than if you had them replaced or had repairs performed frequently. We do offer service contracts for a wide range of different products, so if you’re interested in learning more, just give Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating a call today at 301-670-0034!

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