Wednesday, 08 February 2012 19:09 When Furnace Noise Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Monday 25 May 2015 23:40
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Causes of Furnace Noise

A noisy furnace can be caused by a number of things. A squeaky furnace could be a sign that a belt has reached the end of its usefulness or that the bearings in the motor need lubricating. A rumbling noise in your furnace can be the result of a clogged filter or dirty gas burners. If your Dallas furnace or HVAC equipment is making noise, pay attention!

Having the cause of a noisy furnace assessed by a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional is important. Furnace noise could be the first sign that the unit needs repaired or replaced, and an indication that it could fail at any time. Noise from a clogged filter or dirty burners could be more serious. A furnace in grave need of cleaning can be a fire hazard. In addition, a cracked heat exchanger, another possible cause of furnace noise, could allow combustion gasses to enter your living space and cause a serious health hazard.

If you’re unsure whether your Dallas area furnace needs repair, it’s a good idea to have it examined by an HVAC contractor. Crawford Services Inc., serving North Texas home and business owners for more than 30 years, can help you determine the cause of your furnace noise. With a 24/7 live dispatcher on duty, so we can help get your furnace running smoothly quickly and efficiently. Call us at 214-271-8000 to set up an appointment.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Crawford Services provides heating, air conditioning and plumbing services to all of North Texas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!
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3 Benefits Of Radiant Heating For North Texas Homeowners

Monday 25 May 2015 23:35
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When you're considering alternatives for heating your home, consider the benefits of radiant heating before reaching a decision. The technology behind radiant heating has changed over time, and now it's easier than ever to install it in new homes or retrofit existing homes. These are the top three reasons for considering this type of heating in your North Texas home:

1. Comfort. Radiant heating systems gently heat everything in the room. Your floors, furniture and walls absorb the heat and retain it, unlike forced-air systems, whose heat is quickly lost when the furnace doesn't run long enough to let the heat penetrate the physical components indoors. Heat rises, and as the floors warm the temperature of everything inside the room warms as well. Your feet will never be cold with radiant heat, and children playing on the floor won't feel any chill.

Radiant heating is quiet, since there's no air handler running and air blowing through ducts to deliver the heat. Homes with radiant heat are easier to keep dust-free, and anyone with allergies or asthma benefits from these systems.

2. Energy efficiency. One of the benefits of radiant heating is that your home is zoned, which means that you only need to heat the spaces you're currently using. Each zone has its own thermostat that you can turn down or up, depending on the time of day and personal preferences. The thermal efficiency of radiant heat is 100 percent, higher than forced-air heating systems. Energy losses through ducts can reach 30 percent or higher, something you'll never worry about with a radiant system.

3. Space-saving. Radiant systems do not use any space for ducts or require a separate space for the air handler. When arranging furniture or decorating a home, a radiant system gives homeowners more flexibility, since blocking ducts and registers is never a concern.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of radiant heating and its suitability for your present home or one you're planning, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services for Dallas and North Texas homeowners.

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Buying A New Heating System? Your Options Are Plentiful

Monday 25 May 2015 23:33
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crawford_11_20_12It does get cold in North Texas during the winter. That means that fall is the perfect time to invest in a new heating system for your home. There are a lot of options when it comes to purchasing a new heating system. Check out the following choices and see which one is best suited for your home.

    • Gas heating systems – Gas heating units such as furnaces or boilers are the most common type. Although energy costs have become much more expensive over the last few years, technological advancements have made furnaces and boilers much more efficient. Look for higher than 90 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings in order to choose the most efficient models. Remember, although higher AFUE-rated models are more expensive, you will save more on your energy bills in the long run.
    • Geothermal system A geothermal heat pump is more expensive than a standard forced-air heating system, at least as far as the upfront costs go. However, these units are also the most efficient and they use the least amount of energy. Geothermal heat pumps use underground (or underwater) pipes in order to absorb heat from the ground and bring it inside. They can also cool your home, by removing heat from inside and "rejecting" it underground. A 30 percent federal tax credit is available for qualified systems.
    • Air source heat pumps – These popular heating systems use the principle of refrigeration to cool you home in the summer (like an air conditioner) and heat it in the winter. Air source heat pumps provide very efficient heating, and are ideal for mild winter climates.
    • Radiant heating – Radiant heating systems use a series of tubes that circulate hot water beneath the home. The heat produced by the tubes rises up through the floor, warming up everything in its path. Because the heat originates from beneath the floor and rises upwards, your home will always be evenly heated.
There are a number of heating options to choose from, so be sure to balance the upfront cost with the benefits of possible future energy savings. For more information, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services to north Texas residents.
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Discover The Advantages Of Using Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Monday 25 May 2015 23:30
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crawford_12_6_12Radiant floor heating is one of the most comfortable ways to heat your home in our region. Instead of blowing warmed air throughout your home for short bursts of time, radiant heat provides even, thorough heating that warms all the surfaces in your home, starting with the floors. Hydronic systems use a boiler to heat water, while other type use electric resistance coils to create heat. Of the two, the hydronic system is the most energy efficient.

The heat you get with radiant floor systems is continuous instead of periodic. The heating coils lay in the concrete or on top of the slab and heated water circulates through them. As the floors warm, the heat rises, while the colder air falls close to the floor, where it's warmed once again.

The specific benefits that radiant heat provides include:
  • Hydronic radiant heating can be 30 percent more energy efficient than forced-air systems.
  • Radiant heat is easy to zone, which makes it possible to heat just the rooms you use, a strategy that will lower your energy bills. Each zone has its own thermostat (or can be controlled from a central thermostat), so if you like having cooler bedrooms, you can turn the heat down and keep the living areas warmer.
  • Allergy sufferers won't experience respiratory distress from radiant floor heating, since there's no air movement. The air coming from a forced-air system may carry airborne particles that can irritate allergies or trigger asthma attacks.
  • These systems are durable. The PEX tubing lasts for decades.
  • There is no noise associated with radiant heating.
  • You'll stay warm longer in a power outage with a radiant system. When the objects in your home are thoroughly warmed, they continue to release heat. Solid objects like your furniture, floors and walls release it more slowly than air, which cools quickly. The water inside the tubing also retains heat longer, which increases the length of time your home stays warm.
If you'd like more information about radiant floor heating, contact Crawford Services, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services for the greater Dallas area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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The Ceiling Fans In Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home: Just For A Few Month, Switch Directions

Monday 25 May 2015 23:26
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crawford_1_1_12No doubt you already appreciate the way a ceiling fan's cool breeze mitigates the Texas summer heat, but did you know the ceiling fans in your Dallas-Fort Worth area home can keep you warmer in winter, too?

Heat naturally rises, so without anything to circulate the air, the temperature will always be higher near your ceiling than at floor level. The difference is especially great if you have high ceilings or a heating system that doesn't circulate the air. Using your ceiling fans in winter to circulate air has a number of benefits:
  • Warmer temperatures at floor level
  • More even heating
  • Less condensation on windows
  • Lower heating costs
The trick is to set your fans so the blades rotate clockwise (as you look up at them). Check the motor housing for a switch that lets you choose the direction the blades turn. Running the ceiling fans in your Dallas-Fort Worth home clockwise prevents them from creating a breeze. Instead, they push warm air near the ceiling up and outward, so it circulates toward the edges of the room, then down toward floor level. The result is more even heating throughout the room.

If you have a two-story home, you've probably noticed how the upper level tends to overheat while the lower level stays chilly. A ceiling fan mounted at the top of the stairwell helps bring excess warm air from upstairs down to the lower level where it's needed.

Better circulation of warm air may allow you to turn down your thermostat, too. For every degree you turn your heat down, you could save up to 1 percent on your heating bill, note experts from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Granted, using ceiling fans "both ways" in an area where winter temperatures can range from balmy to frigid – such as here in North Texas – can be tricky. Just make sure you adjust the blade rotation to fit your needs. When the temps move into the 80s in April, you don't want that ceiling fan blowing air toward the ceiling.

For more professional guidance on using ceiling fans in your Dallas-Fort Worth home and finding other ways to improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency, contact us at Crawford Services. We provide top-quality HVAC service around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Replacing The Furnace In Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home? Weigh These High-Performance Features

Monday 25 May 2015 23:24
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crawford_1_8Despite the promise of lower energy bills and improved heating, replacing the furnace in your Dallas-Fort Worth home is probably not something you're looking forward to. The wide variety of furnace models available can make it seem like you'll need to wade through pages of technical jargon to find a reliable, energy-efficient model. In reality, though, there are just a few specific, easily understood features you'll want to look for:
  • Efficient ignition systems – Because continuous pilot lights waste fuel, highly efficient furnaces use intermittent, direct spark or hot-surface ignition instead.
  • Sealed combustion – This feature lets the furnace draw outside air into the burner for combustion. Unless your furnace has this feature, it will use warm indoor air for combustion and then exhaust that air outside, wasting energy. Sealed combustion furnaces also greatly reduce the risk of dangerous combustion gases entering your home.
  • Condensing heat exchanger – Heat exchangers draw out heat produced when fuel is burned. A single primary heat exchanger isn't able to draw out all available heat, so highly efficient furnaces have two heat exchangers. The secondary heat exchanger processes exhaust gases from the primary heat exchanger to draw out heat that otherwise would be wasted. When replacing the furnace, look for a "condensing furnace."
  • Variable-speed blower motor – Single-speed blower motors operate only at one speed regardless of how much heat you need. Most of the time, variable-speed motors run more slowly and continuously. This saves energy, reduces drafts, and produces more consistent temperatures.
  • Variable heat output – A furnace with a variable-speed blower motor may also offer the option of varying the heat output between two or more levels. The lets the furnace deliver heat more consistently than would fixed heat output.
Keep in mind, too, that highly efficient furnaces have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of at least 90 percent and ideally 97 percent or higher.

For more expert guidance on replacing the furnace or upgrading other HVAC equipment in your home, get in touch with us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide friendly, trustworthy HVAC services in the Dallas-Forth Worth area and around North Texas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Are Pollutants From The Attached Garage Seeping Into Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home?

Monday 25 May 2015 23:22
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Crawford_1_17_13The garage attached to your North Texas home makes access to your home, protecting your car and storing household items more convenient, but it also presents a potential hazard. When pollutants from the attached garage seep into your home, they pose a real risk to your family's health. Pollutants come from sources such as:
  • Vehicles – Letting a vehicle idle in the garage even for less than a minute contaminates the air with fuel combustion gases, benzene fumes and fumes from other fluids.
  • Fuel-burning equipment – Equipment such as gas lawnmowers, gas hedge trimmers and gas or propane barbecues are also potential sources of pollutants from the attached garage. Running one of these in the garage for just a few seconds allows hazardous fumes to build up.
  • Stored chemicals – Fertilizers, pesticides, paint thinner, pool chemicals, and containers of fuel such as gas and kerosene all emit harmful fumes when not stored properly.
With a few basic steps, you can minimize the risk of garage air contaminants entering your Dallas-Fort Worth area home.
  • Control pollutants – Never allow a vehicle or any fuel-burning equipment to idle or run in the garage. Ensure all chemicals are kept in well-sealed containers designed for storing hazardous material.
  • Seal pollutant entry points – Pollutants can enter your home through air leaks in the wall between the garage and your home's interior. Openings for electrical wiring and pipes are common spots for leaks. Seal smaller leaks with caulk and larger holes with expanding foam spray.
  • Install an exhaust fan -- A garage exhaust fan, such as the type used in bathrooms and kitchens, helps vent contaminated air outdoors. It also increases the likelihood that air flows from the home into the garage, to equalize pressure, rather than the other way around.
These precautions, along with proper home ventilation, can help, but there's always a small chance dangerous fumes could leak into your home. To stay safe, install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home and the garage. If you heat with a fuel-burning furnace, CO detectors are a must.

For more professional advice on controlling pollutants from the attached garage, sealing air leaks, and otherwise improving your home's safety and comfort, please contact us at Crawford Services Inc. Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas, our knowledgable technicians provide service you can rely on.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Cheap And Easy Ways To Lower Your Heating Bills

Monday 25 May 2015 23:18
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timetocutcostsWe may enjoy mild weather for most of the winter, but when those chilly winds and freezing rains do hit, the low temperatures can really run up the heating bills. Installing a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump is one of the most effective ways to cut heating costs, but there are also a few simple, low-cost home improvement jobs that will help keep your Dallas-Fort Worth home warm and do it affordably.
  • Seal air leaks – Air leaks waste heated air and cause uncomfortable drafts. To identify leaks, hold a lit incense stick or smoke pen up to leak-prone areas on a breezy day. These areas include window and door frames, baseboards, and penetrations for wiring, plumbing and vents. You can seal many of these leaks yourself using weatherstripping, caulk or expanding spray foam. For optimal air sealing, consult a professional who has the equipment needed to detect all points of air leakage.
  • Boost ductwork efficiency – In the typical home with forced-air heating and cooling, the ductwork wastes around 30 percent of the air it carries. Take a look at the ductwork in your attic and crawl spaces. Are the duct joints properly aligned, secured with sheet metal screws (or bands for flex-duct), and sealed with mastic? If not, thorough duct sealing could go a long way toward keeping your Dallas-Fort Worth home warm for less.
  • Improve your insulation – In our mild climate, it's not uncommon to find homes with too little insulation. In North Texas, the minimum recommended level of attic insulation is R38, which is around 12 inches of fiberglass batt insulation or slightly less cellulose insulation. If your attic insulation doesn't measure up, consider upgrading your insulation.
While you can do some of these jobs yourself, consulting a pro for a home energy audit will help you more accurately detect energy-loss issues and correct them in the most cost-effective way. Keep in mind these improvements also will help you reduce your cooling costs.

For more expert guidance on keeping your Dallas-Fort Worth area home warm, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide high-quality, value-driven HVAC solutions throughout the area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Furnace Troubleshooting Tips From Your Dallas Heating Repair Experts

Monday 25 May 2015 23:15
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2_5_13If the furnace in your Dallas-Fort Worth home starts acting up, it doesn't always mean an emergency service call is in order. While some malfunctions and furnace noises indicate serious trouble, the most common furnace problems have simple solutions. Before calling your Dallas heating repair service technicians, try these furnace troubleshooting tips.

  • The filter – A clogged HVAC air filter can reduce air output and eventually shut down the furnace altogether. Remove the filter and hold it up to the light. If you can't see light through the filter, it should be replaced. Carefully replace the filter and turn on the furnace again to see if the simple filter replacement does the trick.
  • The thermostat – Reset your thermostat by turning it down a few degrees, then turning it up 5 degrees higher than the original temperature. Wait a few minutes for the furnace to re-engage and light.
  • The power supply – Look for the furnace's power switch, usually found beside or inside the furnace cabinet. It should be set to "on." Also check for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
  • The fuel supply – The gas valve should be open, with the handle in line with the gas pipe. With an oil or propane furnace, check that your tank isn't out of fuel.
  • The ignition – If the furnace in your Dallas-Fort Worth home has a pilot light, make sure it's lit. If your furnace uses an electronic ignition, which is the case with newer models, reset the ignition controller by turning the furnace power switch off and back on or by lowering, then raising the thermostat. Then listen for the spark or watch the hot surface igniter for a yellow-orange glow.
  • The exhaust pipe – Inspect the outdoor exhaust pipe for any snow, leaves or debris that may be blocking the airflow.
  • The motor – An overloaded blower motor will stop working until reset. Near the motor’s housing you'll find a reset button. If nothing happens when you press it, wait half an hour for the motor to cool and try again.

If these solutions don't correct the problem, contact your Dallas heating repair experts at Crawford Services. Wherever you are in North Texas, our knowledgeable, reliable technicians can help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Efficient Heating and Air Conditioning in Dallas Requires Proper Duct Sealing

Monday 25 May 2015 23:13
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03_07_13Heating and air conditioning Dallas style places a greater emphasis on cooling, but the need for an efficient ductwork system in your home is the same no matter the season. The ductwork is the series of large pipes that channels heated or cooled air from your furnace or air conditioner. Leaky HVAC ducts can account for substantial losses of conditioned air and wasted money every month. To keep your heating and air conditioning system working as efficiently as possible, it's necessary to properly seal the ductwork in your home.

You may have a significant leak in your ductwork if you've noticed one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Unexpectedly high heating or cooling bills
  • Inconsistent heating or cooling, or rooms with unusual conditions such as stuffiness or large amounts of airborne dust and particulates
  • Difficulty maintaining consistent and appropriate levels of heating or cooling in particular rooms or areas of the house
  • Ducts that are visibly damaged, loose, detached or missing
  • Un-insulated or poorly insulated ducts in unconditioned areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, unfinished basements and attics or garages
Leaky ductwork can also be dangerous if carbon monoxide or other harmful exhaust gases escape into your home. That's why it's important to have your system assessed regularly by a heating and air conditioning Dallas professional.

A ductwork sealing project should include the following:
  • Check the entire length of the ductwork system for potential leaks or other problems.
  • Repair or replace any damaged ductwork sections.
  • Reconnect loose sections and make sure they fit together tightly.
  • Straighten any bent or kinked ducts.
  • Seal holes, cracks or openings in the ductwork.
  • Ensure secure duct connections at registers and vents and at the HVAC unit.
  • Make sure all connections and joints are sealed with mastic, a specialized sealant for use on ducts, or with metal tape.
  • Avoid using standard duct tape; the adhesive can fail over time.
  • Insulate ductwork with rigid fiber board or standard roll insulation. This helps prevent energy loss through the metal of the ductwork itself.
Crawford Services, Inc. can provide a full range of HVAC work that produces the results that heating and air conditioning Dallas customers can rely on. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of duct sealing or to schedule a professional duct evaluation and sealing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Is Your Central Heating Ready: A Fall Tune Up Can Help you Save Money

Monday 25 May 2015 23:08
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Your central heating has probably been the last thing on your mind here in Dallas over the last couple of weeks. But, now is the time to take a look at it and make sure it is in the right condition to start up for winter when the cold pours in. The last thing you want is for the temperature to drop and your central heating not to work like it is supposed to.

Your central heating is a mechanical and electrical marvel. It is one of the things that define the era you live in. Just 50-60 years ago, rooms were heated and cooled separately. So, give your HVAC system the respect it deserves. That means realizing that it has been sleeping for several months now and when you flip that switch to wake it up, it might be grouchy. Be prepared to deal with a few sudden outbursts of groggy clinging, dusty coughing and rotten smells.

03_07_13You have probably noticed in the past when you have woken your central heating up from its hibernation that rusty, burning smell. Well, in most cases that is normal. It is just rustling up the dust and tiny debris that have settled in there and it is basically burning it off. Some industry professionals refer to this as “fall breath.” But, that is just a good indication that you need to treat it like the delicate machine it is.

Let’s take a look at a few of things you need to do to tune that sleepy giant up before winter:1.      First of all, pay close attention to the thermostat. Do you normally set it to the same temperature in the winter as you do in the summer? No, of course not. Go ahead and reset it to the winter normal temperature so that your central heating will have a reason to kick on. As a matter of fact turn it up a little bit higher in case you are doing this when it is still a little warmer out.

2.      Open your control panel to your furnace and check to make sure it is working properly. It is a good idea to have all the dust and cobwebs cleared away from this beforehand so that you do not risk electrical shock. You need to look for things like the starting cycle. Does it start up okay? Is it operating without any discrepancies? Is it shutting off properly when it reaches the thermostat temperature?

3.      Take a look at your gas connections. Do you smell any leaks? Do any of the connections look like they need to be replaced? You should also have a professional look at these and tell you if the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger are in safe working order.

4.      Your central heating is composed of moving mechanical parts. Just like anything mechanical, it needs grease. Go through and check all moving parts and give it a fall lube. This is also something that you might need to refer to a professional, especially if you are not knowledgeable about HVAC systems and components.

5.      Inspect your electrical connections and make sure they are in safe and proper working order. Your central heating system relies on electrical connections to work properly and if any of them are frayed or loose, that can lead to problems that you definitely don’t want.

These are all things that should be taken care of well before the winter weather starts creeping in, but it is highly advisable to call a professional out to your Dallas home to handle these tasks. Your central heating system is a complex and delicate machine. If you are unsure of what you are looking at or doing, then you can easily damage it.

Many of the things you can do to help maintain your central heating and entire HVAC system are standard pre-emptive measures. This includes checking and cleaning your condensate drip line, routinely changing out your air filter and keeping furniture as well as other household items away from your vents.

All three of those things are factors that contribute to your HVAC system having to work harder to distribute the produced air. The basic principle here is to make sure that all working parts are obstruction free.

The key to having and using a healthy central heating system is maintaining it. In most cases, it is the little things that add up to make sure it lasts a very long time. Now is the time to wake up your heat and get all the kinks out before cooler weather comes knocking on your door.
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Need Heating Service this Winter? Think Crawford Services

Monday 25 May 2015 23:05
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Some manner of heating service is needed not just this winter but every winter – that’s why some people find themselves in serious difficulty in the depths of the winter months.  Just when you need it the most, your heating can let you down if you haven’t had a regular, annual pre-winter heating service.

The problem with heating systems, as with many other things in life, is that they tend to lose efficiency as they age with a bad end result -- they eventually grind to a halt altogether. A regular, annual heating service from Crawford Services can help you to save money in the long run – increasing the longevity of your heating system, as well as increasing efficiency to help save money and minimizing the risk of costly break-downs and replacement parts.

2_5_13When it comes to finding the right company for the job, the experts at Crawford Services are head and shoulders above the rest – and it’s really easy to get the job done. The best way to make sure that your heating system will work efficiently for the entire winter is to book an annual heating service from Crawford Services before winter takes grip. They service both residential and commercial heating systems. It’s super simple to schedule an appointment. The entire process involves only two easy steps:

  •         Step #1. Contact Crawford Services. It’s surprisingly easy. If you’re in the Dallas area, telephone us at 214-390-4200 and if you’re in Fort Worth area the number is 817-381-0007. Alternatively, you can stop by the website and send us an email. The website even shows you which days are already fully booked, partially booked, or when we can fit you in.
  •         Step #2.  A fully qualified, fully experienced and fully licensed Crawford Services technician will stop by--exactly when they are supposed to!

The really important message from Crawford Services is to not wait until you need a heating service; instead, be a smart cookie and get things checked out so you won’t be stuck in the cold this winter.
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Boiler Repair: How to Ensure That You Stay Warm this Winter

Monday 25 May 2015 23:02
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Boiler repair can be avoided with regular maintenance-- keeping your boiler running efficiently is a little like keeping your car running efficiently, regular servicing is the answer. Just as with your car,a regularly maintained boiler will save you money in the long run and not let you down when you need it the most. You should make sure that your boiler is regularly maintained to avoid the need for costly repairs. At the very least, an annual checkup is required to ensure that your home stays toasty during the cold winter months.04_04_13

So what does a boiler do and what are some of the common problems to be on the lookout for? If you notice any of these problems, then it’s time to call in a specialist in boiler repair – it may even be too late and replacement could be the only answer.

• Lack of heat and hot water. The main function of a boiler is to heat your home and heat your water. If you have neither, then you know there is trouble. This trouble may be elevated to Trouble (with a capital “T”) in the winter months.

• Drips and leaks are a sure sign that something is happening with your boiler that really shouldn’t be happening. The severity and cause of the problem depends upon where the drips and leaks are actually coming from.

• Strange noises, banging, gurgling, whistling, and things that go “bump” in the night. This could be caused by any number of issues, such as air in the system or a sign that the water pressure is far too low.

• Losing water pressure. If your usual high water pressure is reduced to a trickle, this could also point to boiler problems. Perhaps your boiler needs a replacement pressure relief valve. You’ll want to call in the boiler repair professionals as soon as you notice this type ofproblem.

• Thermostat related problems. Maybe your thermostat appears to have “lost its way” and switches on or off when you don’t want it to, or it simply ignores the temperature controls you have in place and leaves you sweltering one minute and freezing the next. Investing in anew thermostat with increased energy efficiency can save you money and hassle.

• Boiler switching off when it’s not supposed to. This could be because of low water pressure or a faulty valve, problems with the circulatory air pump, thermostat problems – there are a whole heap of possibilities here.

• Heaters not heating up. This could be because of corroded pipe work, air in the system, sludge, or something else preventing the hot water to flow freely around the home. Your system may need to be chemically cleaned and flushed by the professionals.

If you notice any of these boiler problems then a boiler repair professional should be called to your home as soon as possible.

So, what are some other things do you need to look out for while you’re on “boiler alert?” It can be pretty cold and miserable to live in a house without hot water or heat during the winter, even if it’s only for a few short days--that is, if you have the necessary funds to pay for your boiler repair. You can bet your bottom dollar that your boiler will give up the ghost when the temperature and your bank balance are at their lowest.

The only sensible solution to this problem is to be pro-active. It’s been said before and it will be said again, regular boiler maintenance is the best, most cost-effective method of keeping your boiler running all year round.

Here are a few other signs which could point to the fact that your boiler is in desperate need of a service.

Old age takes its toll on many things – people, cars, houses, pets, and boilers. Boilers have an average life expectancy of around 15 years, so if your old faithful is heading into the twilight zone, then it could be time to go shopping. If you wait until your boiler goes BANG you won’t have the necessary time to shop around for the best deal. If your old boiler uses a pilot light for starting the burner then you can be pretty sure that it’s at least 25 years old.

Rising heating bills are another sure sign that a little boiler repair is called for. As boilers get older they lose efficiency which means increased heating bills. Regular maintenance can help your boiler to run at its peak and save you valuable dollars.

If your house has “hot spots” and “cold spots” it could be another sign that the boiler is in need of repair or replacement. Efficient heating systems disperse the heat equally to coincide with the setting on the thermostat. You should be able to set it and forget it (and stay warm and comfortable).

Just like cars, once old boilers start to break down in one area you can be pretty sure that the whole thing is getting worn and unreliable. If your boiler breaks down every winter, even after an annual service then you should seriously start to consider searching for a new solution to your heating and hot water problems.

One last but very important issue about inefficient boilers is not only the comfort of your family but also their health. Boiler repair is essential for the safety of your family. Badly maintained boilers can develop leaks of carbon monoxide which can quickly prove fatal for the entire household.Carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless, you can’t smell it, you won’t even know it’s there . . .it is also deadly. Leaks can cause queasiness, headaches, flu-like symptoms, disorientation, and burning sensation in the nose or eyes. If you, or any member of your family, suffer from any of these symptoms, open the windows to ventilate your home and call the boiler repair service as soon as possible.
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