Thankful for Good HVAC and Plumbing Services

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Thankful for Good HVAC and Plumbing Services

The November Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge for ActiveRain bloggers asks for a weekly post, during the month, for something for which we are grateful. 

I have always recommended an annual service agreement for HVAC equipment. It is important to properly maintain the equipment and to have someone to call for fast service if the heat or air conditioning fails. Our home, like many in our community, has two HVAC zones. We have equipment in our basement and our attic as well as the exterior units. 

For over 26 years, we've had annual service agreements with Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. They have provided high quality service for maintenance and for equipment replacement and we have recommended this company to clients and neighbors. They provide scheduled calls in the spring and the fall as well as any other needed trips for repairs or replacements. Click on the link to visit their website.

During the past year we needed to replace the Flushmate toilet in our powder room and discovered that the drain line was not properly installed when our home was built in 1993. You never know what you might discover and it was good to have an experienced plumber to take care of the situation.

Our current issue is the need to replace our 80 gallon electric water heater. Our last replacement was in 2012, for $1,000, and the shocker is that a new replacement quote is in the $3,600 range. 

Always select a company with a good reputation to service the equipment in your home.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing
4650 Wedgewood Blvd #102, Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 670-0034 

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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (29)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - you're right that finding good, reputable service providers is something to be grateful.  A nice shout out to Tuckers Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Frederick Maryland.  

Nov 17, 2022 02:17 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nice way to get the word out about your favorite HVAC company. That's a lot of years at being a loyal customer Roy!

Nov 17, 2022 04:16 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Trust is the cornerstone of considering a service provider. Having on for 26 years is very rare. Enjoy your day.

Nov 17, 2022 04:24 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!
Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Nov 17, 2022 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is a wonderful topic for a gratitude post. Yes, an annual HVAC service should be done to make sure everything stays in good shape, and Yes, it's great to have trustworthy service providers. That takes a lot of the stress off. And wow, that's a big increase in price!

Nov 17, 2022 04:51 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I agree that is beneficial to have done annually or semi-annually but the guy that used to do it for me has become flaky, haha.  I need to find someone that is reliable.

Nov 17, 2022 04:53 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Such a wonderful profession.  Glad to see you recognizing them. Have a wonderful Thursday, the week is almost over. Bill  

Nov 17, 2022 04:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... 26 years is a long relationship with a vendor. As for your $3,500 quote to replace a water heater, consider me officially gob-smacked. Mine is gas and was replaced earlier this year for about $1,200. And I paid only $100 as I always keep a home warranty on my home for big expenditures like this.

Nov 17, 2022 05:04 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

So true having reliable vendors who demonstrate high quality skills is essential. Now finding those may sometimes be a challenge. Glad you found one who has consistently performed for over two decades. That is a huge accomplishment.

Nov 17, 2022 06:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, you are lucky to have such a reliable and professional company!    It seems everything has doubled in price over the last few years.

Nov 17, 2022 06:40 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Good HVAC and plumber services wouldn't necessarily jump to top of mind when I make my gratitude lists --but you are right! When things break, I am VERY glad to have someone reliable to fix 

Nov 17, 2022 07:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Nina Hollander, Broker 

You gave me a good idea. I will check to see if we can convert to a gas water heater at a lower price. Our electric water heater is next to our gas furnace.

Nov 17, 2022 08:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Roy Kelley hi Roy... it hadn't occurred to me that electric water heaters would me more expensive than gas. I looked into tankless water heaters when we were replacing and those were running around $3,500.

Nov 17, 2022 08:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy Kelley, I am lucky to have a great company and treats me right and I refer them out so much.


Nov 17, 2022 09:12 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Having a reliable tradesman that will service the HVAC as well as plumbing is a great resource to have

Nov 17, 2022 10:01 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There is nothing more important than having good reliable HVAC and plumbing services to call when needed.

Nov 17, 2022 01:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

I am getting close to having to replace my gas water heater.  I sure hope it is in a different price range than $3600.  YIKES!

Nov 17, 2022 01:56 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Nov 18, 2022 06:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

$3,500 - just WOW, Roy! Our tankless water heater didn't cost that much! 

You're right though, we do need to be grateful for our good HVAC and plumbing providers. Their expertise can make or break our home's comfort! We are having ours serviced this week, in anticipation of a cold winter!

Thank you for your post of gratitude, Roy!

Nov 28, 2022 11:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 29, 2022 02:52 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Roy Kelley That does sound like a loy of money but you never know - keep us up to date 

Nov 29, 2022 03:58 PM