Avoid Costly Dallas Air Conditioning Repair With AC Maintenance

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:14
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Will Dallas air conditioning repair costs keep you from enjoying a balmy Texas springtime? Not if you practice some basic annual maintenance on your Dallas HVAC systems first. By running a regular maintenance program, you can prevent air conditioning repair problems, and make sure you stay comfortable all year round.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many homeowners in Dallas don’t think to have their air conditioners serviced until it breaks down. Unfortunately, this usually happens at the peak of the cooling season, when they’re running their system the hardest. By scheduling AC maintenance in the spring, you can prevent getting caught in this last-minute rush for Dallas air conditioning repair and service.

If there is something wrong with your A/C, wouldn’t you rather catch it now, instead of risking a breakdown during the hottest part of the year? In addition to saving yourself on sweltering inconvenience, catching small problems early allows your technician to make necessary adjustments and prevent costly and unnecessary system damage down the road. This saves you money in repairs and prevents the need for early component replacements.

Consider some of the items we cover in this thorough inspection: We test electronics for operational safety, we clean the heating coils, and inspect the ducts for efficiency, sealing any and all leaks to prevent energy loss and dust infiltration. We also check your refrigerant charge, searching out and repair any leaks in your system, and change the air filters so they provide cleaner air in your home.

Doing this improves the maximum efficiency of your HVAC system over the long term, and helps you avoid costly air conditioning repair sooner than you need it.

In addition to saving you on the expenses associated with emergency air conditioning repair calls and early replacements, springtime maintenance will also enhance A/C efficiency, increasing your comfort and reducing your energy costs. What’s more, by scheduling annual maintenance, you alleviate the burden that cooling season puts on your components, and reduce their wear and tear.

An energy savings agreement with Crawford Services qualifies the homeowner to get priority service on any repairs, no overtime or after hour charges, 15% discount on all air conditioning repair, and a 1 year guarantee on all repairs or workmanship.

Crawford Services provides heating, plumbing, and air conditioning repair and services to all of North Texas. Call us at (214) 271-8800 to get started today.

Need Air Conditioning Repair or Replacement? Ask These Questions to Get Up and Running

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:11
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Air conditioning repair and replacement are looking pretty important right now, as we’re coming off one of the warmest winters on record and getting ready to head into summer. Many of our customers are already kicking on the AC, and we’re getting calls for air conditioning repair and replacement.

34e6cec2-2b00-48d3-f703-e2240722a8023With summer coming, you want to be prepared ahead of time if you should suddenly find you need to repair or replace your home’s cooling equipment. The air conditioning repairexperts at Crawford Services suggest you have the following questions ready to get your system back into action quickly and efficiently.

Air Conditioning Repair or Replacement?

Are you happy with the your current cooling equipment? Are  there any current hot or cold spots in your home that need correcting.

Research and determine the licensing and insurance requirements for your state, county and/or local area. Check for any special local building codes.

Ask your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors if they would recommend a specific air conditioning repair service. Find out what work was done, whether the work done in a timely fashion, and whether the final cost match the estimate given. Have a list of preferred contractors ready to use when needed.

What is the model and age of your existing system?

Stay aware of any available rebates being offered on heating and cooling equipment. Good information is available at Energy Star.

Questions For the Air Conditioning Repair ContractorDoes the contractor meet all licensing and insurance requirements? Do the individual technicians?

Does the contractor have experience with your existing cooling equipment?

Will the contractor provide a list of current customer references?

Call these references and ask if the job was satisfactorily completed within the cost estimate and on time.

Does the replacement equipment recommended meet energy-efficiency guidelines?

Will the contractor provide a written and itemized proposal that clearly outlines all work to be done, job schedule, completion date, model numbers, energy efficiency and warranty information?

1a22a4a8-d407-43da-8510-bcb052cd94fcWhen you’re trying to figure out whether you need air conditioning repair or replacement, it’s important to contact someone who has extensive experience in the field. Crawford Services provides HVAC service throughout North Texas and the metro Dallas area.

AC Repair or Replacement? Ask These Questions to See Which You Need

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:08
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Is AC repair or replacement your best option? Ask these questions of yourself and your AC repair technician to make the best decision.

Deciding between AC repair versus replacement:

  • Are you happy with the your current cooling equipment? Are there any current hot or cold spots in your home that need correcting?
  • Research and determine the licensing and insurance requirements for your state, county and/or local area. Check for any special local building codes.
  • Ask your family and friends if they would recommend a specific contractor. Find out what AC repair work was done, whether it was done in a timely fashion, and if the final cost matched the estimate given? Have a list of preferred AC repair and replacement contractors ready to use when needed.
  • Know the model and age of your existing system.
  • Stay aware of any available rebates being offered on heating and cooling equipment. Good information is available at Energy Star.

Questions for contractor:

  • Does the contractor meet all licensing and insurance requirements? Do the individual technicians?
  • Does the contractor have experience with your existing cooling equipment?
  • Will the contractor provide a list of current customer references? Call ask if their jobs were satisfactorily completed within the cost estimate and on time.
  • Does the contractor perform a complete home evaluation and needs assessment? This should include sizing the cooling equipment based on the needs of the occupants, size of the house, amount of insulation, etc.
  • Does the replacement equipment recommended meet energy-efficient guidelines?
  • Will the contractor provide a written and itemized proposal that clearly outlines all work to be done, job schedule, completion date, model numbers, energy efficiency and warranty information?
It is never a good time in North Texas to have your cooling equipment stop working. If you're prepared with the questions above, you’ll find the AC repair and replacement experts at Crawford Services have all the correct answers.

Expert AC Repair — How Does An HVAC Contractor Measure Up?

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:06
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Hiring an AC repair contractor for home heating, cooling, ventilation or refrigeration job means getting expert HVAC service from a knowledgeable professional who can service, repair or install equipment safely and efficiently.

Consider these factors when looking for an AC repair technician.

Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations for AC repair contractors they have hired in the past. By asking people you trust, you're more likely to find a good AC repair contractor. If necessary, ask friends online in various social networks.

Ask at least three potential contractors for detailed written bids. A contractor who responds to a formal bid demonstrates genuine interest and professionalism. If they cannot be bothered to submit a bid properly or on time, that tells you how reliable they'll be.

Contact your state and local offices to check on the contractor’s licensing status. State licenses are required, and some cities may require additional licensing or credentials. If a contractor is unwilling to show his licensing information, that's a deal breaker. Similarly, find out whether they are fully bonded and insured.

Ask potential contractors for references from local customers. Contact at least three of these references and ask detailed questions. An AC repair tech with a large number of satisfied customers means they do good work.

Check and understand the financial terms being offered. See if there needs to be a down payment made before work begins and if there will be a schedule of payments. Make sure there is a cancellation period during which you can cancel the contract without penalty — three-day cancellation periods are common.

Finding a qualified AC repair technician is not too difficult, provided you do some proper initial research. Not only will you be satisfied, but you can rest more easily knowing you have an AC repair tech that is committed to their work and doing the best job they can.

Avoid Water Heater Repair With Annual Service and Maintenance

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:01
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Water heater repair can be inconvenient and costly, often coming at the time you needed a quick shower because you were running late to work. But you can avoid the headache of water heater repair if you just get an annual inspection done by trained professionals.This service is particularly important in an area such as Dallas-Ft. Worth, where hard water sediment is a common problem, and water heater repair goes on constantly.

For gas water heaters, cleaning the burners is part of professional water heater maintenance. The service technician will check flues and vents for any sign of leaking exhaust fumes.

Both electric and gas heaters contain a “sacrificial anode” suspended inside the tank. This metal rod is subject to corrosion, a consequence of electrolytic processes as water heats. Without the anode, the tank itself will corrode. A water heater repair professional can check the anode’s condition and replace the rod.

The annual inspection also involves draining and refilling the water heater. Once the heater is empty, the service technician will clean the inside and thereby increase the water heater’s life span and efficiency.You can prolong water heater life with some routine water heater maintenance of your own by performing these simple tasks:

To minimize the buildup of calcium carbonate sediment, partially drain the water heater two to four times a year. First shut off the heater, then attach a garden hose to the drainage valve near the tank bottom. Open the valve and drain off a bucketful of water.

Periodically test the T&P valve, near the top of the tank. Pull up part way on the valve’s lever and release. Lifting the lever should cause gurgling, as some water drains from the vertical tube attached to the valve. If this doesn't happen, contact your water heater repair tech at Crawford Services to have the valve replaced.You can avoid water heater repair with some basic maintenance and the annual checkup to keep small problems from becoming big ones. Just work with water heater professionals like Crawford Services to keep everything running properly.

Upgrading Home Insulation? You’ll Reap These 3 Benefits

Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:00
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Many North Texas homes need to add more insulation to reap the full benefits that come from adequately insulating your house. Upgrading home insulation is a relatively simple way to increase your house's overall energy efficiency. Here are three of the primary benefits of adding insulation in key areas throughout the home. 
    • Increased comfort levels — Proper levels of insulation keep heated air inside the home during the winter and prevent warm air from entering your house during the summer. The best places to place extra insulation include attics and basements, floors over unheated or open spaces, and the walls between a living space and an unheated area such as a garage.
 
    • Health — Increasing home insulation can provide important health benefits for everyone. A Harvard study found that in the wider population, upgrading home insulation results in a reduction in the amount of energy needed to heat and cool homes. This means a reduction in health problems caused by power plant emissions. The study found that better insulation ultimately leads to reduced asthma attacks and cardiovascular problems, in addition to lowering the number of days individuals restrict their daily activities for health reasons.
 
    • Cost savingsHeating and cooling your house is responsible for at least 38 percent of a typical home's total energy usage and probably a good deal more than that. By making your home more energy efficient through increasing the level of insulation, you will need less energy to heat and cool the house, which lowers your monthly utility costs.
 In addition to these three important benefits, adding insulation also has the advantage of reducing the level of noise in the home, as sound moves far more easily between uninsulated areas than insulated rooms or spaces. Extra insulation also reduces condensation, the process where water vapor turns into a liquid, on walls and ceilings. For more information on upgrading home insulation and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Crawford Services. We provide superior HVAC services to 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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High Energy Bills? 3 Tips To Control Energy Costs

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:15
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Our long, hot North Texas summers leave many homeowners wishing for a way to lower their high energy bills. The same applies to our chilly winter months. Cooling and heating your home uses a substantial amount of the energy that you pay for each month. By evaluating the areas of your home that affect home comfort, you can find ways to reduce those high energy bills.

Your cooling and heating equipment is a logical place to start. For example, you can see significant savings by upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump if your present equipment is more than a decade old. If an upgrade is not in the cards this year or if you have already upgraded and want to save even more money, preventative maintenance can help your system run more efficiently. Replacing the filters, lubricating the motor and other maintenance tasks help your air conditioner, heat pump or furnace run more smoothly and use less energy to cool and heat your home. As a bonus, HVAC appliances that receive routine tune-ups typically last longer and break down less often than those that don't receive maintenance.

Another area to look at is the amount of insulation you have and where it's located. The best place to start is your attic, where adding insulation is relatively simple and has the best payoff in terms of energy savings. The hot summer sun beating down on your roof can cause your attic to reach 150 degrees or higher. Having a layer of insulation between your living space and all that heat will ease the load on your air cooling system. Also considering adding insulation to your exterior walls, basement and between floors for added energy savings.

You should also evaluate the state of your ductwork. As much as 30 percent of your heating and cooling costs can be attributed to lost energy from leaking or uninsulated ducts. Minor duct leaks can be repaired with mastic sealant. Avoid using duct tape, which won't last very long.

For more information about lowering your high energy bills or any other HVAC matter, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We are proud to serve the Greater Dallas Metro area.

Quality Service Is Assured With NATE-Certified Technicians

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:13
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crawford_11_27_12Many homeowners experience uncertainty when hiring HVAC contractors, but one way to eliminate all the guesswork is to entrust the job to a NATE-certified technician. NATE stands for "North American Technician Excellence." While all HVAC professionals are required to carry current and valid state-issued licenses, NATE certification is a purely optional designation. A NATE-certified technician has mastered advanced-level system design, maintenance, installation and repair concepts, and has passed a rigorous series of examinations testing that knowledge.

It's not just consumers who benefit from hiring NATE-certified technicians. Contractors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and educational and training organizations have implemented the program across the entire HVAC industry to ensure that standardized levels of excellence are easily identifiable and readily available.

Contractors who hire NATE-certified service people benefit from their skill and experience. They usually have lower rates of employee turnover, allowing them to provide consistent service to their valued customers and enjoy higher rates of customer satisfaction.

HVAC equipment installed by these technicians performs better for a longer period of time, with fewer warranty returns and service callbacks.

Finally, because NATE implements uniform standards across the HVAC industry, you can rest assured every time you see the North American Technician Excellence symbol. Certification is very difficult to earn, and only the best technicians and maintenance professionals can achieve it.

We at Crawford Services are proud participants in the North American Technician Excellence program. As part of our commitment to provide homeowners in the Dallas area with the very best products and services, we have NATE-certified technicians on staff who can ensure that your home heating and cooling equipment is correctly installed and optimized for peak efficiency. Not only does this prevent future service callbacks, but also helps to lower your energy costs by providing you with the best possible performance.

If you're experiencing any home comfort issues, or would like to inquire about our comprehensive range of products and services, please don't hesitate to contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. to schedule an appointment.

The Seasons Are Changing So It’s Time To Have Your HVAC System Serviced For The Cold Weather

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:10
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In thcrawford_11_29_12e coming months, you'll be asking your furnace or heat pump to tackle the big job of heating your home and keeping your family warm this winter. That's why it's so important to have your HVAC system serviced by a professional every year. This essential service can protect your heating equipment, and make it's ready to heat your home till spring. An HVAC professional can help your heating system in the following ways: 
    • Perform routine maintenance: Your HVAC equipment is just like your car in the sense that it is a working machine that needs care to keep it running smoothly. When you have your HVAC system serviced, your technician will work on your equipment just like a mechanic performing a tune-up on your vehicle. Moving parts need lubrication to keep working properly, and the functioning of your equipment needs to be checked to ensure everything's working together to do the job.
 
    • Troubleshoot potential problems: When you have your HVAC system serviced by a professional, he can diagnose problems before they lead to expensive repairs. A trained eye can spot problems a homeowner can't; it's always a good idea to have a professional service your equipment before use. Some problems, for example a cracked heat exchanger, are very serious and need attention before further use of your furnace.
 
    • Boost efficiency: Service is not only needed to make sure everything works properly, but to make sure it's working efficiently. Problems such as loose electrical connections could cause your equipment to use excessive energy. Or the inspection might detect inadequate airflow in your HVAC system, or improper refrigerant levels in your heat pump.
 
    • Give you peace of mind: Your technician is available during service to answer any questions you might have. This is a great time to ask about the right air filter or your system or which thermostat settings will boost energy savings this winter. Routine service can also keep your family safe by discovering potentially dangerous malfunctions such as carbon monoxide leaks or fire hazards.
 Are you ready to have your HVAC system serviced? Call the pros at Crawford Services, Inc. We proudly serve north Texas homeowners with all of their heating and cooling needs.

Stay Safe And Ensure Efficiency By Performing Boiler Maintenance

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:08
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crawford_12_13_12While the Dallas-Fort Worth area doesn't have winters as harsh as points farther north, it's still susceptible to frigid temperatures and bone-chilling winds. One effective method of staying warm during a North Texas winter is a boiler system. However, just like with any sort of HVAC equipment, boiler maintenance is important for smooth and efficient operation.

When undertaking boiler maintenance, a qualified professional will check several things:
  • The chimney and vent connection pipe. A chimney serves to carry the byproducts of combustion out of the building. The vent connection pipe carries exhaust gases from the boiler to the chimney. These should be inspected for leaks, to avoid having hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide escaping into your home and endangering your family.
  • The integrity of the boiler's heat exchanger should be verified. Heat exchangers can allow combustion gases to mix with household air when they have a leak. A leak also allows water to escape the heat exchanger.
  • The controls on the boiler should be adjusted. Adjusting the controls on the boiler will assure comfort and efficiency. This is accomplished by adjusting the air and water temperatures.
  • Safety devices. Blow-off valves, pressure gauges, low cutoff systems and other safety devices should be tested. Some of these safety devices depend on the type of boiler that you have. All safety devices should be checked to ensure proper operation.
  • The boiler should be cleaned. Soot, scale and other buildup can cause a fire hazard and obstruct critical safety systems.
These and other boiler-related steps should always be performed by a qualified professional. For more information about boiler maintenance or other home-comfort or energy-saving issues, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc.

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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Home Maintenance Tips Just In Time For Cooler Temperatures

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:06
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crawford_12_18_12Autumn is a great time to perform home maintenance. Making sure that everything is working as efficiently as it should will benefit your North Texas home especially come winter. Following are home maintenance tips you should follow so you’re ready for the upcoming cold season.
  • Contact an experienced contractor in order to schedule an inspection of your heating system. Gas and oil furnaces should be inspected and cleaned every year, preferably at the beginning of the heating system. Heat pumps generally work best with semi-annual maintenance, once in the fall and another time before the cooling season starts.
  • Check and clean your chimneys for obstructions such as debris, leaves or nests.
  • If your gas furnace has a pilot light, turn it on and turn your thermostat up to heat. You’ll want to test the furnace to make sure it's operating correctly by raising the thermostat until your furnace begins working. Newer furnaces are equipped with automatic ignition, but still need to be tested.
  • Now that you’ll be using your heating system on a regular basis, make sure that you check your furnace filter once a month and change when it gets dirty. Check your ventilation system filters every other month.
  • Make sure that your ductwork is free from any tears or holes. Check the joints to make sure they are sealed tightly. Use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal them.
  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, and change their batteries if they run on them.
  • Check your windows to make sure they close tightly, and use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any air leaks.
  • Check your doors and make sure they shut tightly. Use weatherstripping to seal air leaks.
  • Cover up your outside air conditioning condensing unit and turn the power off. It's better to lay a board, or something similar, on top of the outside unit than to cover or wrap it entirely. That will enclose any residual moisture during the winter months, causing rust.
Follow these home maintenance tips this fall so that you'll be ready for winter. To schedule an inspection of your heating system, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We offer the highest-quality HVAC services in the Dallas metro area.

6 Strategies That Ensure You’re Ready For Your HVAC Maintenance Visit

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:04
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crawford_12_20_12Autumn is a good time to schedule an HVAC maintenance inspection with a local contractor. You don’t want to find out that there’s anything wrong with your heating equipment in the middle of winter. Make sure that you're prepared for your HVAC maintenance inspection by following these tips:
  • There are a few things that you can do yourself before the maintenance visit. This includes checking your thermostat and making sure it has fully charged batteries or power, checking your circuit breakers, and changing your air filters if they're dirty.
  • If you haven't been in your home for very long, make sure you know where your HVAC system components are located. This way you can lead the contractor to your thermostat, circuit box, heat pump and/or furnace without any trouble.
  • Check your HVAC equipment and write down the brand names and model numbers in case the contractor needs them.
  • Write down any problems that you're having, whether one of your rooms doesn’t cool or heat properly, if there’s condensation in your home, or anything else. Try to estimate how long you’ve been having the problem. Writing this down will ensure you don’t forget to mention it.
  • Clear the areas around your HVAC units. Remove any boxes, furniture or other items so the contractor has easy access and doesn’t end up hurting him- or herself trying to reach your equipment.
  • If you cannot make it home in time for the inspection, make sure that someone over the age of 18 is at home during the scheduled appointment time. That person should have all the necessary information.
Follow these simple tips prior to your HVAC maintenance appointment in order to get the most out of your inspection. Contact Crawford Services, Inc. to schedule an appointment today. We provide the greater Dallas area with expert HVAC services as well as superior customer care.

5 Key Ways To Boost The Air Quality In Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:02
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crawford_12_27_12Dust, dust mites, pollen, chemical vapors and other indoor air pollutants show up in every home, but you don't have to put up with them. Beyond upgrading your HVAC air filters or installing an air cleaner, there are a number of effective, affordable ways to improve the air quality in your Dallas-Fort Worth home.
  1. Maintain good humidity – Dust mites and mold thrive in high humidity. To control these allergens, keep your home's humidity level at around 30 to 50 percent. Given the high summertime humidity levels in Texas, you may benefit from a whole-house dehumidifier. Once installed in your HVAC system, this type of dehumidifier will regulate humidity throughout your home with little need for maintenance.
  2. Schedule a radon test – Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless gas that enters your home through the ground or through well water. This radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. To find out if your home contains high radon levels, use a radon test kit or hire a qualified contractor to run the test.
  3. Freshen your floors – Place a door mat at every exterior door to trap the dirt, pollen and pesticide residue tracked in on shoes. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to pick up remaining contaminants as well as dust mites, pet dander and fire-retardant residue from the carpet. To capture even more debris, mop uncarpeted floors with a microfiber mop.
  4. Skip synthetic scents – The chemicals that lend air fresheners, laundry softeners and similar products their scent could be harmful to your health. For better air quality in your home, switch to fragrance-free or naturally scented products. Avoid aerosol sprays, which may contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols and toluene.
  5. Smoke only outside – Secondhand smoke is laden with harmful chemicals and is the greatest source of indoor air pollution. To keep your home's air clean, step outside to smoke.
For more expert guidance on improving the air quality in your North Texas home, including tips on dehumidifiers and air cleaners, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with reliable HVAC care.

Detecting A Life-Threatening Gas Leak In Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home

Tuesday 26 May 2015 09:00
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crawford_1_10_13A properly maintained natural gas furnace is a safe, efficient way to keep your home warm throughout North Texas' chilly winters. On rare occasions, though, even a high-quality furnace can develop problems that lead to a potentially life-threatening gas leak.

Natural gas is highly combustible, so even a minor leak puts you at risk for a fire or explosion. Large amounts of gas can also cause asphyxiation. Just knowing how to detect leaks quickly helps protect you from these unthinkable scenarios.
  • Smell – Because pure natural gas has no odor, suppliers add a non-toxic chemical called mercaptan to give the gas a distinct and easily detectable odor. This chemical contains sulfur, so it smells similar to rotten eggs, sewer odor, onions or boiling cabbage. If you smell this, check that you haven't left a gas valve open on your stove. If you haven't, you may have a leak.
  • Listen – A hissing, blowing or high-pitched whistling sound near any part of your gas system, including an appliance, gas pipes or the gas meter, is a clear sign of a life-threatening gas leak.
  • Look – Gas leaking from indoor pipes or fixtures may blow around dust or other light material. Outdoors, it may cause nearby plants to turn brown and die.
If you think you've detected a leak, put out any open flames or burning material. Don't turn on or off any electronic items or use the phone, which could cause a spark. If you know where your appliance or meter shut-off valves are, consider turning them off with a shut-off tool, a wrench or by hand. Leave the building and contact your gas company immediately.

To keep your gas furnace running safely, schedule professional annual furnace maintenance at the beginning of every heating season. An expert tune-up not only helps prevent gas and carbon monoxide leaks, it also improves your system's energy efficiency, saving you money.

To get more guidance on avoiding a life-threatening gas leak and otherwise staying safe and comfortable with gas furnaces and appliances, contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide top-quality service around the Dallas-Forth 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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Optimizing Air Quality When You’re Remodeling Your Dallas-Fort Worth Kitchen

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:56
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1_29_13The kitchen is one of the most demanding rooms in your home when it comes to managing air quality. Cooking may produce great meals, but it also produces potentially harmful air contaminants and moisture that could lead to mold and mildew if not dealt with correctly. Remodeling your Dallas-Forth Worth kitchen gives you the perfect opportunity to optimize your cooking area for healthy air.

Choose the right ventilationGood ventilation equipment removes combustion fumes from fuel-burning stoves, excess heat and humidity, and airborne grease and food particles. The most common kitchen ventilation method is a range hood installed over the cooktop. A range hood catches combustion fumes and other contaminants, then vents them outdoors.

To work effectively, the range hood must be large enough and close enough to the stove top. An undersized range hood will let too many contaminants escape. Though some range hoods are designed to sit high over the cooktop, these may be so powerful they pose the risk of back-drafting exhaust gases from other fuel-burning appliances such as the furnace.

Seal air leaks – Blocking air leaks improves energy efficiency anywhere in your home, but it's especially important in the kitchen. Moist air from cooking can seep into gaps and cracks in the walls and ceiling, encouraging mold growth and rot.

Points to seal include gaps around dropped soffits, exhaust fans and penetrations for plumbing, gas and wiring. Sealing dropped soffits is particularly important. Left unsealed, soffits can conduct large amounts of air and encourage condensation. Remodeling your Dallas-Forth Worth kitchen gives you a good opportunity to access the soffits for sealing.

Upgrade your windows – If your windows date back before 1978, they may contain hazardous lead-based paint. These windows should be replaced. Even if your windows are free from lead paint, replacing single-paned windows with Energy Star-qualified windows helps reduce drafts, prevent condensation and discourages mold growth, as well as improving your kitchen's energy efficiency.

For more pro tips on remodeling your Dallas-Forth Worth kitchen, contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide reliable, cost-effective HVAC services 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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Contact Your HVAC Service Before Adding On To Your Dallas-Forth Worth Home

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:54
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1_31_13Before building an addition onto your Dallas-Fort Worth home, contact your HVAC service provider and consider these three options.
  • Extend your current system – If your system has a large enough capacity to condition the additional space, you may only need to extend the ductwork and install registers. For a zoned system, you may also want to add dampers to make the addition a separate zone. Sizing a furnace and air conditioning system is tricky, so talk with a HVAC service provider before extending your system to make sure the job will meet the local city and municipality codes.
  • Upgrade your system – If extending your HVAC system isn't possible or practical, use your construction project as an opportunity to install a new, more efficient HVAC comfort system. Today's systems are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than those made even 10 years ago. Just as important, you'll be able to choose a system sized to handle your whole Dallas-Fort Worth home, including the new addition.
  • Install ductless mini splits – This system consists of an outdoor condenser unit and one or more indoor air handlers that distribute air. Installation is simple because there's no need for ducts or complicated wiring. The system requires only a small space and minimal disruption in your home. Mini split systems save energy because there's no ductwork to leak conditioned air and they are usually rated up to 30 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). As another benefit, mini splits will let you control the temperature in your addition independently from the rest of your house.
Other options for a separate system include a high-velocity mini duct system or radiant floor heating. Radiant systems are more expensive to install than forced air systems, but they're also up to 30 percent more efficient.

To make sure you choose the most cost-effective heating and cooling system for your Dallas-Fort Worth home addition, it's wise to start planning early. For professional guidance on the best option for your needs, contact your HVAC Service, Crawford Services, Inc.

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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Calling Your Dallas HVAC Service? Insist On NATE Certification

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:51
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2_7_13HVAC service is a complex field that requires an understanding of multiple types of heating and cooling systems as well as electrical and mechanical systems. All licensed Dallas HVAC service technicians have training in these topics, but not all are trained to the same level. Seeking NATE certification is the best way to find highly trained HVAC technicians.

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a nationally recognized third-party certification program. Technicians take rigorous exams on core competencies and can also take specialty exams for certification in topics like air conditioning, air-source (standard) heat pumps, and gas furnaces.

The program is voluntary, so you know certified Dallas HVAC service technicians are deeply invested in their careers and take exceptional pride in their work.

When you work with NATE-certified technicians, you can expect:
  • Reliable results – Technicians who hold NATE certification get the job done right the first time. A 2006 study conducted by Service Roundtable found these technicians receive 12.9 percent fewer callbacks and fewer warranty returns than other technicians.
  • Efficient service – NATE-certified technicians are often better able to identify the root cause of your HVAC problems. This lets them start their work faster, meaning less waiting and lower bills for you.
  • Increased energy efficiency – Incorrect equipment sizing, improper installation and inadequate maintenance reduce your system's energy efficiency. Dallas HVAC service technicians who hold NATE certification are well versed in the correct procedures for optimizing HVAC system efficiency. Working with these technicians, you'll enjoy lower energy bills and equipment that performs optimally for years.
  • Expert advice – Service Roundtable found NATE-certified technicians hold an average of 25.9 percent more experience than other technicians. Broader experience better enables them to provide you with accurate information based on your needs and budget.
Not surprisingly, these benefits lead to greater customer satisfaction. A NATE poll found customers who worked with NATE-qualified technicians were 24 percent more likely to feel "extremely satisfied" than people who worked with other technicians.

For professional guidance on choosing and maintaining HVAC equipment to keep your home comfortable affordably, contact us at Crawford Services. Our highly qualified Dallas HVAC service technicians provide service throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Before Calling Your Dallas Plumber, Troubleshoot Your Water Heater

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:48
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02_14_13Searching for a Dallas plumber? When your water heater stops working effectively, you can be justifiably eager to get the system functioning again at its best level. Before turning to your local trusted Dallas plumber, try a few of the following troubleshooting tips to see if they help get the hot water flowing like you expect.
  • Check the area: If your water heater is in an area of your home that is not heated, it will not be able to heat water as efficiently as it would if it was placed in a conditioned area. Even just blocking drafts and cold air leaks will improve the heater's performance. Check the area around the water heater and seal leaks, caulk windows or stop cold air drafts.
  • Insulate the pipes: As hot water travels from the heater to your kitchen, bathrooms, basement or other areas, the water inside the pipes can lose a lot of heat energy and cool off. To prevent excess cooling in the pipes, insulate them wherever you can reach them. Ask your Dallas plumber about pre-made insulating sheaths; usually, these can be found at your hardware or HVAC supply store. If that doesn't work, wrap the pipes in standard fiberglass roll insulation.
  • Insulate the water heater itself: Storage-type water heaters can experience standby heat loss as water sits in the storage tank before being used. You can reduce this wasteful loss by insulating the water heater itself. Pre-made blankets, which are custom-shaped insulation coverings for a water heater, should be available through your hardware store or HVAC supplier.
  • Check the dip tube: Make sure the dip tube, the pipe that runs from the cold water supply to the bottom of the tank, is not damaged, broken or cracked. If the dip tube is damaged, it could be letting cold water mingle with and cool the hot water inside the heater. Call a licensed plumber to evaluate the dip tube for you and ask him or her to show you the existing tube so you can determine if this is the problem. it is a simple fix and can save you alot of money on future repairs and the costs to heat your water.
Customers in Dallas and the surrounding North Texas communities can turn to Crawford Services, Inc. for reliable, professional heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services. Contact us today for more information on troubleshooting your water heater's performance and for the expert repair work you need when it's necessary to call a Dallas plumber.

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Hiring Dallas HVAC Contractors: 10 Tips To Consider

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:46
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03_27_13Finding quality Dallas HVAC contractors to service and repair your heating and cooling systems can be a much easier task if you follow these 10 evaluation and hiring tips:
  • Check licensing and qualifications. Contact the Texas HVAC licensing board to make sure the contractor you're considering is licensed and meets all other state and local requirements.
  • Check references. Ask for contact information for past customers and ask at least three of them about their experiences with the contractor.
  • Use your resources. Go to trusted friends, relatives or coworkers and ask about Dallas HVAC contractors they've used and would recommend.
  • Ask for an in-person evaluation. Request that the contractor visit your project site for an in-person evaluation before offering bids or estimates. Ask to see pictures of his installation practices and get references from other installations.
  • Get written bids and itemized estimates. Ask at least three contractors to provide formal bids and estimates. Willingness to submit an official bid indicates interest and can help reduce the costs of your project.
  • Sign a contract. Execute a written contract that lays out the scope of the project and any contingencies. Make sure you understand it thoroughly before signing. Do not proceed until you and the contractor have both signed the contract.
  • Understand payment terms. Be sure you know if any payments are required in advance and when the final payment is due.
  • Insist on energy efficiency. Hire a contractor who uses Energy Star products and who adheres to industry standards for energy efficiency in design and construction.
  • Ask about discounts or special offers. See if your contractor offers any pricing incentives. Remember that the federal government provides income tax credits for certain types of HVAC equipment. There also may be state or local incentives you can use to reduce your costs.
  • Request that the contractor get any necessary permits. He will be more familiar with the process and likely will be able to get them more quickly and easily.
Crawford Services, Inc. is a premier heating and cooling service provider that customers can rely on to provide expert installation, maintenance and repair. Contact us today for more information on evaluating Dallas HVAC contractors and to hear more about the reasons why Crawford Services, Inc. is your best choice.

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Boiler Repair: When Troubleshooting Fails, You Need A Dallas HVAC Professional

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:43
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04_04_13When boiler repair becomes necessary in your Dallas home, your best option is to call your local trusted HVAC service provider for expert repair. Boilers are volatile and potentially dangerous pieces of heating equipment that should be worked on by trained and certified experts in boiler repair and operation.

There are a few simple troubleshooting tasks you can perform on your own, such as:
  • Checking circuit breakers and resetting any that have tripped.
  • Checking for and replacing blown fuses.
  • Ensuring the pilot light is on (if the unit has a standing pilot).
  • Making sure thermostat is set to heat mode.
  • Ensuring the thermostat's temperature setting is appropriate.
Other, more involved troubleshooting and boiler repair tasks should be left to your HVAC specialist. The technician will check the system's operation and perform repairs such as:
  • Check and adjust water level and water pressure in the boiler.
  • Check the ignition system (if appropriate) for proper operation and repair or replace defective ones.
  • Check and calibrate thermostat for proper control and operation of boiler. Replace thermostat as needed.
  • Make sure boiler is receiving fuel and that there are no dangerous fuel leaks or other problems associated with fuel transport.
  • Flush the boiler to remove accumulated sediments or mineral deposits that might be affecting performance.
  • Check expansion tank for proper amount of water and appropriate pressure.
  • Check for leaks around the pressure relief valve and various pipe connections. Repair leaks as needed.
  • Test pressure relief valve performance and repair or replace if necessary. The pressure relief valve is a critical component that prevents overpressurization and potential breakdowns and hazardous conditions near the boiler. Make sure this valve is operating correctly.
  • Bleed air from radiators to restore heating function.
  • Make sure water circulator is running properly and distributing hot water as needed to radiators. Repair or replace circulator as needed.
  • Adjust pitch of return lines to make sure no water is trapped in these pipes.
In the Dallas area, Crawford Services, Inc. is a leading provider of professional heating and cooling sales, maintenance and repair. Contact us today for more information on boiler repair and troubleshooting, and for the repair services you need to keep your boiler working efficiently, reliably and safely.

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Heat Pumps Operate Most Efficiently With Proper Maintenance, So Hire an HVAC Pro

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:42
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05_23_13Heat pumps offer reliable, straightforward performance along with high efficiency and long service life. Maintenance requirements are not extensive; however, the importance of maintenance is more critical with a heat pump than with conventional forced-air systems. Lack of regular maintenance alone can cause the efficiency of heat pumps to decline as much as 25 percent, nearly offsetting all the efficiency gains provided by the technology. While some simple tasks may be performed by the homeowner, the technical requirements of heat pumps generally require a trained HVAC technician with specialized tools. Here’s what he or she will do in about an hour:
  • Examine the air filter and replace it if required. For maximum performance and efficiency, heat pumps require higher airflow than conventional HVAC systems so a clean filter is critical. Inspecting the filter (and changing it if necessary) is one thing you can and should do yourself on a monthly basis. If you don’t know how, the technician will be happy to show you.
  • Duct inspection for external signs or leakage at seams and joints and internal accumulation of dust or dirt. Evidence of leakage may suggest pressure testing to determine the severity and location of leaks system-wide.
  • Verify the refrigerant charge. Low refrigerant almost always means a leak somewhere. Your technician has the equipment to detect and locate leakage.
  • Inspect electrical connections and clean and tighten if necessary.
  • Test the controls that disable the heating function when the thermostat is set for air conditioning and vice versa.
  • Compare thermostat room temperature with a reading from a mercury thermometer and calibrate the thermostat if necessary.
  • Outside, clear any vegetation such as weeds and shrubbery away from the vent grilles of the outdoor coil and fan component. Keeping grass, brush and weed growth cut back year-round is another DIY task you can perform.
  • Clean the outdoor coil of dust and vacuum debris such as grass clippings and leaves from the coil cabinet. Lubricate the fan and check the tightness and wear of the fan belt.
Crawford Services provides value-driven air conditioning, heating and plumbing solutions to Dallas area homeowners. Contact us to schedule maintenance checkups for heat pumps and all other HVAC equipment.

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A Dallas Plumber Will Suggest Low Flow-Toilets for Maximum Savings

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:39
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Ask a Dallas plumber and he'll tell you that low-flow toilets now offer superior performance to the old-school, water-wasting models they replace. This wasn’t always the case: Early low-flow units introduced in the 1990s under-performed, and customer satisfaction suffered. Today’s low-flow toilets meet stringent federal EPA requirements for efficiency, and conserve water while also providing improved operation over standard models. Toilets are overwhelmingly the largest single user of water in the average household, representing about 30 percent of the home’s total water consumption. Here are some guidelines when thinking about having a Dallas plumber install low-flow toilets in your bathroom renovation project:

Look for labels that specifically identify models as high efficiency toilets (HETs). These models, which use 1.30 gallons per flush (gpf) or less, conserve the most water and deliver the greatest savings. To make sure you’re getting the greatest efficiency along with superior performance, a Dallas plumber will usually recommend one with the EPA’s "WaterSense" label. These toilets meet HET standards plus have passed a third-party certification process to verify performance. Over its average service life, a residential toilet will be flushed 140,000 times. Upgrading standard 3.5 gpf toilets with HET models can save 4,000 gallons per year.

Don’t be distracted by high-priced options or aesthetics. Stay focused on specifications that guarantee water efficiency and performance. Paying a higher price for a more aesthetic design or color scheme may not deliver higher efficiency.

Try out a number of toilets with different heights, seat types and rim conformations. Round and elongated bowls are commonly available, but take measurements in your bathroom before you shop to make sure an elongated model can fit in the existing space without alterations.

In North Texas, Crawford Services sets and fulfills high expectations for air conditioning, heating and plumbing services. Call and schedule a Dallas plumber to install a water-saving high-efficiency toilet for your home.

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Looking for Heating and Air Conditioning Experts in Dallas? Require NATE Certification

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:38
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06_04_13Heating and air conditioning Dallas weather certainly poses challenges for controlling indoor temperatures. Our sweltering summers and chilly winters place demands on your HVAC system year round. In your effort to stay comfortable, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified technicians are your greatest allies.

North American Technician Excellence Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, high-level training and testing for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

HVAC training courses and state licensing require only a minimum level of knowledge and skill. That means even after studying heating and air conditioning Dallas technicians without further training may not be able to handle anything but the most basic HVAC issues.

NATE certification sets the experts apart from the novices. Known for its rigorous standards, NATE trains and tests HVAC professionals in basic concepts and technology as well as in the newest innovations. To retain certification, technicians retest every five years.

Technicians earn installation, service or senior certification in one or more common HVAC areas, including:
  • Air conditioning
  • Gas furnaces
  • Oil furnaces
  • Air-to-air (conventional) heat pumps
  • Ground-source heat pump loop installation
  • Air distribution
  • HVAC efficiency analysis
Working with NATE-certified technicians has proven benefits. Service Roundtable's NATE Impact Study found several areas in which these technician outperform their non-NATE peers:
  • Less hassle – NATE technicians get the job done right the first time, saving you time and money. Their callback rate is 12.9 percent lower than non-NATE technicians.
  • Lower energy bills – NATE technicians know the installation and maintenance procedures necessary for your system to reach maximum efficiency. Given the high bills for heating and air conditioning Dallas weather can leave us with, optimal energy efficiency is a major benefit.
  • Friendly, reliable service – When technicians have invested in earning NATE certification, you can be sure they take their job seriously. They'll arrive on time, work efficiently and clean up afterward. NATE-certified professionals achieve a higher rate of "extremely satisfied" customers than do non-certified technicians.
If you want the peace of mind working with a NATE-certified technician brings, please contact us at Crawford Services. Our highly skilled technicians provide reliable installation and maintenance in Dallas and nearby areas of North Texas.

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HVAC Dallas TX Power Needs Are Year-Round — Consider Standby Generators for Your Security

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:35
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In terms of HVAC Dallas TX presents challenges year round. North Texas' icy winters, torrid summers and spring thunderstorms mean you need a heating and cooling system you can rely on. By installing a standby generator, you can rest assured that your cooling and heating system will work consistently even during long power outages.

Portable versus standby generators

A portable generator can power only a few basic items. Its fuel supply is limited, so it needs to be monitored and refilled regularly. You'll need to set it up when the power goes out and put it away when the power returns. The manual fueling can be messy as well.

Standby generators, on the other hand, keep you in comfort with no extra effort on your part. These generators are permanently installed outside your home and connected to your home's electrical system. Depending on the size, a standby generator can power just a few appliances or your entire home. In terms of your HVAC Dallas TX can throw any sort of weather at you, and you'll still get reliable emergency power with a standby generator.

A standby generator senses when your utility company's power goes out, automatically disconnects you from your utility company, then starts supplying electricity to your home. When the power returns, the generator senses this, automatically shuts down, and transfers you back to your utility company. These generators can run for days because they're connected to an external fuel supply, such as natural gas lines or your home's propane tank.

Standby generator benefits

With a standby generator powering your HVAC Dallas TX weather will never leave you sitting around sweating in summer or shivering on a winter night because the power's out. Your health is protected, too. You'll avoid air conditioning outages and the sudden exposure to high temperatures that can cause heat stroke in people of any age.

If you rely on a sump pump to prevent storm-related basement flooding, a standby generator will keep your pump running even if a storm knocks the power out.

With HVAC Dallas TX is no place to take chances. If you're considering a standby generator to maintain consistent comfort and safety in your home, get in touch with us at Crawford Services. We provide value-driven HVAC solutions in the Dallas area.

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Searching for an A/C Contractor for Your Dallas Home: Some Tips to Help You

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:33
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08_06_13Finding an A/C contractor in the crowded and competitive HVAC field can seem like a major challenge. Here are some reliable tips you can use to help you choose the best A/C contractor for your job.
  • Start with who you know: If you're already using an HVAC contractor for other projects, start there. It's very likely your existing contractor also does air conditioning work or will be able to recommend a business partner or other contractor who can do your A/C job.
  • Ask around: Ask your friends, co-workers, family members and business colleagues for information about contractors they've used. If they were happy with the contractor's services, chances are good you will be, too.
  • Check industry resources: Many industry groups and trade organizations provide directories of HVAC contractors who are members of the group. The main trade association for air conditioning is the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Membership in a trade organization is a sign that a contractor is interested and involved in his industry, so contractors in these organizations are likely to be a cut above the rest.
  • Use the bidding process: Request written bids for your project from at least three different contractors. If a contractor is willing to go through the bidding process, it shows he is genuinely interested in your project and understands the procedures required to get work. The bid should contain details on the scope of the job, equipment, supplies and costs. A written bid will confirm that both you and the contractor know what's to be done and will help constrain the costs of the project.
  • Make sure your contractor is involved: Use an A/C contractor who becomes involved in your project from the earliest possible stages. Your contractor should evaluate your project in person to assess all the factors that must be accounted for during the job. He should conduct a cooling load evaluation to calculate how much cooling your home or business location needs. He should be able to show you the results of these calculations and be able to choose an A/C system that is properly sized to provide the amount of cooling required.
  • Ask about high-efficiency equipment: An A/C contractor who is up to date on the HVAC industry should have a good understanding of high-efficiency equipment, and should be able to recommend which types of A/C systems will work best for you.
The dedicated professionals at Crawford Services, Inc. work hard to make sure their customers receive the best possible HVAC installation, maintenance and repair services. Contact us today for more information on choosing an A/C contractor for your project. We'll be happy to provide the answers you need to make an informed hiring decision.

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Crawford Services is Much More than Just the Basics

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:31
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Crawford Services is your full-service provider of HVAC units, plumbing services, and more. We have served the North Texas area for more than fifty years, and we are here to stay. Our technicians are trained, licensed and certified to work on all types and sizes of HVAC, plumbing and piping jobs - so if you have a problem on your hands, you can confidently call Crawford Services and trust us to get the job done.

When you think about Crawford Services, you probably immediately think about heating, cooling, and plumbing. While these services are the cornerstones of our business, our range of services covers so much more than just the basics. For residential clients, we can service and maintain your HVAC unit, boiler, plumbing, and more. If you’re building a new home, we can work with your contractor or builder to integrate energy efficient plumbing and piping into the design of your home. We are experts on geothermal heating and cooling, so call us if you would like to know more about how geothermal can save your family 30 to 80 percent off traditional costs. In addition to helping you decide on the right geothermal unit for your home, we will install and service your system and keep you posted on the system’s performance.

For commercial customers, Crawford Services can integrate plumbing and piping into the build-out of your space, and we will do everything from creating a pre-construction budget to managing the project through completion. We can also complete compliance checks after project completion and beyond, to ensure that your HVAC and plumbing systems are operating efficiently and contributing toward your company’s bottom line through energy savings.

Something that may surprise you about Crawford Services is that we are also experts in solar energy. That’s right - we can install a solar energy system to heat and cool your home or commercial space! The bottom line is, Crawford Services does more than just your basic HVAC and plumbing - although we will never stop offering those services. We are here to stay and we are stronger than ever. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you.

Condensate Drain Maintenance Can Help Save Time and Hassles

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:30
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A condensate drain is responsible for eliminating moisture from your compressed air system. And,your air conditioning unit can create a lot of condensation, especially when it is hot and humid outside. Essentially, condensate drains are responsible for taking the water from your air conditioning unit and sending it outside. If your condensate drain is not properly installed or functioning correctly, it can wreak havoc on your air conditioning unit. A condensate drain that is properly installed and maintained can save you from headaches and inconvenient issues down the line, and more importantly, the drain can save you money through operating costs and improved energy use.

It is of the utmost importance that a condensate drain be kept clean. Unfortunately, if your condensate drain is not cleaned regularly, algae can form in the drain, which can clog the line and damage your entire system. Also, when the system is not in use, insect, dust and pollen can collect in the drain, which can cause damage over time.

If your condensate drain needs to be cleaned, there are a couple simple steps you can take that can make a difference. A condensate drain can be snaked, just like the drain in your shower or sink. However, it is possible for what looks like a simple condensate drain cleaning to turn into a more complicated issue that is better suited for a professional. For example, weak or leaking pipes or a tough clog can create lots of damage to your system if not handled properly. So, if you check your condensate drain and notice something abnormal, it is best to hire a professional who can provide you with exceptional service and peace of mind.

basinger-before-1Condensate drains function best when they are checked annually at a minimum. It is an even better idea to check or have your condensate drain checked seasonally. Also, many service professionals offer maintenance agreements that give you more value for your money. In addition to making sure your drain is functioning properly, a service professional can check other parts of your system to ensure everything is functioning the way it should be.

There are many types of condensate drains, so finding the best one for your system is crucial. If there are any doubts about the type of condensate drain you should purchase, allow a professional to step in to help make recommendations.

Condensate drains are an important part of your compressed air system, and even though it may be easy to forget about maintenance for your condensate drain, it is crucial that the drain is checked regularly for leaks and clogs. If working efficiently and correctly maintained, condensate drains save you money in energy costs and in hassles. Performing a simple check of your condensate drain is something anyone can do, but for a full checkup, consult with a professional.

Keeping Air Filters Clean and Other End of Summer Cooling Tips to Maximize Efficiency

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:27
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09_05_13Air filters are essential to the efficiency of your air conditioner. Your system has worked all summer long to keep you cool in the North Texas heat, and as summer winds down, it's important to continue checking your air filter every month and replacing it when it's dirty. Clean air filters are your first defense against inefficiency, ensuring optimum airflow and protecting your system against dust. These additional tips will help you maximize your system's cooling power to keep you comfortable until cooler weather arrives.

Maintain Your A/C
  • If you didn't schedule a tune-up at the beginning of the summer, it's not too late to benefit from preventive maintenance, which will lower your cooling bills, increase system efficiency, extend the life of your equipment, and prevent common air conditioning problems.
  • Spray down your outdoor unit each month to remove debris from the metal fins, which can inhibit heat exchange and make your system work harder to keep you cool.
  • Stock up on air filters so you have them when you need them.
Keep the Heat Out
  • Close your window shades during the day to prevent heat gain from warming up your rooms.
  • Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the hottest part of the day.
  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping to keep cool air in and warm air out.
Maximize A/C Cooling Power
  • Keep obstructions away from your return and supply ducts to maintain optimum airflow and replace dirty air filters each month.
  • Seal your ducts with mastic sealant or metal tape to prevent cold air from escaping through loose joints. The typical home loses 20 to 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky ducts.
  • Use your ceiling and room fans to help you feel cooler. Turn them off when you leave the room to save on electricity costs.
  • Keep your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature to ease the load on your system.
For more expert advice on air filters and maintaining system efficiency, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc., keeping Dallas area residents comfortable year-round.

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A Fall Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Dallas Area Home and HVAC System in Shape

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:16
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09_25_13Any responsible Dallas HVAC contractor worth his or her weight in refrigerant will suggest making a fall maintenance checklist to ensure all systems are operating efficiently and safely, especially combustion furnaces and appliances. Do you have your list ready? If not, use ours.

Home Safety

The safety of you and your loved ones is important during any season. Follow these steps for keeping your home safer during fall or any season:
  • Check the batteries in smoke detectors. If you have combustion appliances, a furnace, fireplace or wood stove, you should also make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed and in working order.
  • Attached garages should be sealed off from the living spaces. Install weatherstripping around the access door, and caulk any holes you see in walls and the ceiling. Attached garages are common sources for CO infiltration.
  • Seal cracks in walkways and the driveway.
Home Comfort and Efficiency

Take specific measures to make your home more comfortable and efficient for the forthcoming cooler weather.
  • Inspect weatherstripping around entry doors, and install as needed to seal air leakage.
  • Caulk cracks and gaps around windows.
  • Check exterior pipes, electrical wiring and cables for gaps and cracks that need caulking.
  • Boost attic insulation.
Fall HVAC Checklist

Schedule fall preventive maintenance with your Dallas HVAC contractor to ensure safe and efficient performance of your furnace or heat pump. These are just a few of the checks he will perform:Furnace
  • Check for gas leaks
  • Check the ignition system
  • Check and clean burners
  • Check heat exchanger for cracks
  • Check the flue or chimney for proper draft
Heat pump
  • Check reversing valve
  • Check defrost board
  • Check heat sequencers
  • Check for airflow restrictions (supply outlets, return grilles and outside cabinet)
  • Clean or change the filter (heat pump and furnace)
If you use a whole-house dehumidifier during the cooling months and/or a whole-house humidifier during the heating months, your Dallas HVAC pro can help you clean, inspect and prepare these systems for summer's end and the arrival of fall.

For more fall maintenance tips for your North Texas home, contact a reputable Dallas HVAC contractor by calling Crawford Services, Inc. today.

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HVAC Service: Know What Your Home Needs to Stay Healthy Through The Winter

Tuesday 26 May 2015 08:12
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HVAC Service is vital to keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter months, as well as cool and comfortable during the summer months. The extreme temperatures of winter and summer can wreak havoc with your cooling and heating equipment. But, a regular HVAC service can save money over the long term as HVAC repair and replacement can be one of the highest expenses a homeowner has to face. Preventative maintenance can help to save on costly repairs that tend to occur at the most inopportune moments.

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What Should the HVAC Service Include?

After calling in a professional to complete your HVAC service, he or she should examine the following parts of your system:

• Thoroughly clean and check over the condenser coils, straightening them out if necessary. This will ensure a proper flow of air in the system.

• Check all gas connections, in case of leaks.

• Check all refrigerant levels, in case of leaks.

• Tighten up all electrical connections.

• Check all lubricant to the moving parts within the system.

• Check that the thermostat is functioning correctly – switching off and on according to the settings.

• Check and clean the air filter.

An annual inspection and HVAC service is imperative to ensure the smooth running of the system so that everything performs at maximum efficiency. This will also help to extend the useful life of the equipment. An annual check-up may even save you money in more ways than one:

1. Reducing your property energy bills – efficient, well serviced equipment is much more cost effective than badly performing equipment in need of service.

2. Reducing the likelihood that your heating equipment will simply go “bang” and need costly replacement or repairs.

Arranging a regular HVAC service with a recognized, professional company can help you to save money and give you real peace of mind. Many service contractors will offer contracts for an annual HVAC service to include a spring visit to check out and service the air conditioning unit and a pre-winter visit to check over the heating system ensuring maximum efficiency during the colder months. Signing one of these agreements could also mean that you can receive discounts over any needed repairs or purchasing new equipment.

In conclusion – don’t try to skimp on HVAC service costs. That’s almost a guarantee that repairs will end up costing you more in the long run. You may think that paying for the service is a waste of money which could be better used elsewhere . . . but, think again. Having a regular HVAC service can help to save money on your heating bills and prevent the incredibly expensive option of needing to repair or replace the entire unit.

Preventative Spring Service for Your AC Now Can Help to Negate Problems Later

Tuesday 26 May 2015 02:14
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Spring service of your AC unit is probably the last thing on your mind in the cold, dark days of winter – it’s all about keeping warm isn’t it? Those hot summer days seem to be so very far away when you’re all huddled up inside with lots of layers of clothes and scared to leave the house without gloves, scarf and a woolly hat.

03_07_13The problem is that March is already upon us and the way the seasons fly by it’ll be April, May and June before we even get a chance to pack away our winter sweaters and find our shorts and flip-flops.

The reality is that a preventative spring service on your AC unit is something which you ought to seriously consider so that you can prevent any problems later in the year. And, you need to do it now to make sure that when the temperatures do start to rise, your home will be ready for it.

What happens in the Spring? The birds start to sing, the trees begin to get their leaves and the spring flowers begin to blossom – which leads to dust, pollen and allergens all swirling around outside your home – yep, spring is definitely the season of allergies.

If your AC unit is serviced before allergy season takes hold, you can be sure that the evaporator coils are dust free, clean and ready for action – allowing them to deal with anything that gets blown inside. This means that a spring service on your AC unit will help to keep your home cool, clean, healthy and allergen free.

There are of course other reasons why your AC unit should be regularly serviced –and a spring service is the perfect time for the annual check-up.

• A well serviced and maintained AC unit will work more efficiently, which means that not only will your home maintain a comfortable temperature all over, but it will do so without using up too much valuable electricity. A well maintained AC is much more “pocket friendly” than AC units which are not running at full efficiency.

• A well serviced and maintained AC unit will last longer than one which has been left to struggle, smoke, wheeze and clatter along. Regular servicing means that any worn out parts can be serviced or replaced before they start to affect the other parts of the unit. It’s notcheap to replace an AC unit, it’s much more cost effective to look after the one you’ve got and have it regularly serviced.

Those long hot summer days are really not too far away – make sure that your home is fully prepared with a spring service on your AC.

Crawford Services: Professional Service, Professional Technicians

Tuesday 26 May 2015 02:11
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Crawford Services is a proud member of the Domestic Estate Management Association.  With a vision statement aimed at becoming the largest association for private service professionals in the world, members of the Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA) are able to leverage resources and raise industry standards not only in the domestic and private service industry, but also for anyone that provides services for the most demanding clients.

Operating under a banner of integrity, trust, confidentiality and mutual respect, DEMA members are motivated by a service attitude that extends beyond professional relationships and into their personal life.  In the Dallas market, Crawford Services professionals attend meetings and network with house managers to help build tools to perform the best in HVAC capabilities with top quality customer service.

Customer service is, in fact, the hallmark of Crawford Services.  With past customers often giving personal recommendations for Crawford Services for service, installation, and repair for HVAC equipment, in addition to new construction HVAC services and wine room refrigeration, Crawford Services is known as the industry standard.

Technicians with Crawford Services are trained to treat your home like their own, leaving it clean and tidy.  Following the DEMA guidelines, and often going above and beyond what is required, Crawford Services technicians are friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable in their field.

To get the benefit of a service technician qualified under DEMA guidelines and standards, contact Crawford Servicestoday.  Crawford Services technician proudly support all areas of the Dallas Metroplex, specializing in Highland Park (75205), University Park (75225), Preston Hollow (75229), Richardson (75080), Frisco (75034), Plano (75093) and McKinney (75070).  The Crawford Services site offers the ability to see how customers within your specific area rank service and call time response – giving you the power to choose an HVAC service professional that knows your neighborhood and the high standards that you demand.

Have You Had Your HVAC Service Call for the Summer?

Tuesday 26 May 2015 02:03
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Have you had your HVAC service performed this summer? If not, there’s still time! Even though summer is underway, there’s still time to capture a summer’s worth of savings. Crawford Services is here to help for all your HVAC service needs. We have provided full maintenance and HVAC service in Dallas for the past 30 years and counting. We can install, warranty and maintain all major brands of HVAC equipment and our professional, licensed technicians will help you find ways to capture energy savings this summer through HVAC service.

crawford_12_13_12At Crawford Services, residential HVAC service and air conditioning replacement are our specialties. We are fully dedicated to keeping our Dallas-Fort Worth clients cool and comfortable from the Texas heat! Just as summer gets hotter and HVAC units need to work harder, many air conditioning units tend to fail or need service. As systems age and as temperatures rise, many units have trouble keeping up or stop working as efficiently as they did before. Don’t get stuck in the Texas heat without air conditioning! Call Crawford Services today and we will arrange a time to perform HVAC service on your air conditioning unit. If your system is already struggling to keep up, it’s not too late to call us! We can have your HVAC unit up and running in no time.

HVAC service is needed on a yearly basis in order to keep your home HVAC system running smoothly. Crawford Services is dedicated to creating long-term relationships with our customers, and by regularly scheduling HVAC service, we can provide your home HVAC unit with top quality products and service that keep it running efficiently all summer long.

So what can you expect on an HVAC service call? For starters, the Crawford Services technician will examine your heat pump. This only needs a yearly service call, and we’ll check belts and filters and replace them as needed before anything breaks down. The technician will also clean or replace the filters of your HVAC system, vacuum out the unit and lubricate the motor. If the unit is not cooling properly when the technician arrives, we’ll check the pressure level of the refrigerant as well and make any adjustments as needed. When performing HVAC service, Crawford Services may also advise you of energy upgrades that may benefit your home, such as adding another layer of insulation to the attic. Needing to buy an entirely new system isn’t common, but depending on the age of your system this may happen, since HVAC systems need to be replaced every 15 years with regular HVAC service. If you need a new system, Crawford Services has you covered! We provide multiple options such from HVAC service to systems, that will help any home stay cool all summer long.

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