Important Message To Our Loyal Customers Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 20th, 2020

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominating headlines around the globe, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that our company is taking appropriate and recommended precautions against virus transmission.

Some precautions we’re taking include:

  • Limiting close contact from visitors, vendors and the public.
    Staying up-to-date with the latest news and best practices.
  • Any employee feeling any sort of illness will be highly encouraged to stay home to get better.
  • Reminding our employees to take appropriate preventive hygiene methods to minimize the potential risk of infection between each appointment.
    The health and safety of you and our staff are our absolute priority.
  • Rest assured in knowing that the technician coming to your residence is coming prepared in the safest manner possible.

Thank you for choosing to work with Crown Group Ohio. We’re all in this together, and the least we can do is continue to guarantee your comfort!

Sincerely,
Your Crown Group Ohio Team

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Does Your House Need Repiping?

November 30th, 2020
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Repiping a house is one of the biggest plumbing jobs you may ever need to schedule. But if it’s necessary, it’s also one of the most helpful and important jobs you can have done. Repiping can be done on a smaller scale, but in this post we’re looking at the question of the whole-house repiping, when our expert plumbers remove the outdated pipes from your home and replace them with upgraded material. This will give your whole house a new lease on life and prevent numerous potential future problems with your plumbing in Akron, OH.

So, the big question: Does your home need whole-house repiping?

Outdated Piping Material

To answer this question, you need to know a bit about the types of piping material that may be in your home, depending on its age.

For many decades, the most common metals used for plumbing (in residential and commercial buildings) were lead, cast iron, and galvanized steel. In some cases, clay pipes were used for sewer lines. Although both cast iron and galvanized steel are tough and durable metals, they have drawbacks of eventually succumbing to corrosion after about fifty years. Galvanized steel, which is steel covered with a zinc solution, can also create harmful chemicals in the water because of that zinc solution. Lead pipes are now well-known for creating drinking water hazards that can especially harm young children.

If your house was constructed before 1970, you almost certainly have some of these materials in the plumbing system—and in fact they may make up the entire plumbing system if it was built before 1950. We recommend having plumbers examine the house to check if you have outdated metals that are starting to decay and corrode.

Newer homes may also have problems with a plastic called polybutylene. This gray plastic was used throughout the 1970s and ‘80s as a cheaper substitute for copper but was banned from use in 1996 because it was encountered multiple ruptures. It was installed in over 10 million homes, so if your house was built before 1996 it may have polybutylene pipes.

The Newer Materials

If your home does need repiping, what materials will our plumbers use to make the upgrades? Copper is the metal most commonly used today for plumbing. It’s lightweight and corrosion-resistant (although not corrosion-proof; some types of corrosion still affect it). It’s also difficult for bacteria to grow inside copper pipes because copper creates a biostatic atmosphere.

Plastic pipes are used extensively in indoor plumbing for both hot and cold water lines. The two most commonly used plastic pipes are CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) and PEX (cross-linked polyethylene). PEX is flexible and can be used in tight positions, while CPVC is highly resistant to temperature changes and safe for drinking water. Plumbers will often have different preferences for the type of plastic they use for specific jobs, but you can trust that our plumbers will always see you have the best quality new pipes. 

Talk to our plumbers today if you think you may need repiping for your home. We’ll help you make the right choice for your home’s future.

Schedule your plumbing services with Crown Group Ohio. Comfort Experts since 1963.

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Is It Time to Replace That Heater Rather Than Keep Repairing It?

November 16th, 2020
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As the winter weather draws closer and temperatures drop, it’s time to give some thought to your home’s heating system. If you have concerns about it getting through the winter without needing a repair, then it might be time to leave repairs to the side and instead replace the system. We know this is a big step and requires a larger investment. But it may be the best step to take for your long-term comfort, finances, and even health.

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What Can I Do to Fix My Heater When It’s Not Working?

November 2nd, 2020
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When the weather cools down, at first it’s a relief. October can be one of the most pleasant months of the year, and not just because of the Halloween season. But then cooling turns to cold, relief changes to concern. This is when you’ll turn on your home heating system to banish those concerns.

But what’s this…? Your heater isn’t working? Okay, now you’re back to concern. What can you do about a heater that either isn’t delivering the warmth you expect or which isn’t working at all? You have several options, but we’ll start with the best:

Call us for heating repair in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

This isn’t your only option, because in some cases a “failed” heater is a simple error, something that’s been overlooked. We recommend you make a few basic checks on the heater to ensure that the problem isn’t one you can correct with a simple adjustment. However, when you’re finished with these troubleshooting steps, schedule repair services. Don’t try to go further and use tools to attempt to fix the furnace on your own. You can’t—not only do you lack the training and tools to even accurately diagnose what’s wrong with the heater, but you may also put your family at risk. It’s not safe for amateurs to work on central heating systems.

The Basic Troubleshooting Steps

  • Check the furnace switch: If you have a furnace (gas or electric) for heating, see if the furnace’s switch is still turned to “OFF.” This is a dedicated circuit for the furnace used to shut down the system for the summer, and it also trips in case of safety problems. You’ll find this switch located near the furnace cabinet, often on the wall. Change the setting to “ON,” which is a step people often overlook when they turn on their heating for the first time at the end of the year.
  • Change thermostat settings: Another step people sometimes overlook is changing the programmable settings on the thermostat for the weather change. Double-check that your thermostat isn’t still treating the house like it’s summer, and also see if anyone in your household fiddled around with the settings to try to adjust the temperature. (Kids sometimes play around with the buttons!)
  • Reset tripped breakers: Any type of heating system, even a gas furnace, relies on electrical power to some extent. A circuit overload can trip a breaker in the electrical panel and cause the heater to fail to turn on. See if any breaker in the electrical panel has tripped (this is where you’ll appreciate having labeled the circuits). Reset a tripped breaker for the heating system if you find one. However, don’t continue to reset the breaker if the problem persists, because this means you have a more serious problem that needs professional attention.
  • Change a dirty air filter: We recommend changing the HVAC filter at the start of each season so the heater/AC gets clean airflow. A clogged filter can cause a furnace to overheat and trip the limit switch to shut it down. It will also cause a heat pump to struggle to provide heat. Put in a fresh filter to see if this makes a difference—and you should do this as a maintenance measure no matter what. 

Call on Crown Group Ohio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you need your heater put back to work. Comfort Experts Since 1963!

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Why Is My Furnace Making That Odd Noise?

October 19th, 2020
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You’ve had your furnace for a few years now, and you are accustomed to the sounds it makes when it turns on and turns off. But then you start to hear something a bit … different. Or maybe a lot different. An out of the ordinary sound or a loud and upsetting noise. You’re worried something is wrong, and that’s a healthy feeling to have, because the furnace system may be warning you it needs professional repairs. 

We recommend shutting off the furnace at the dedicated switch (a breaker switch located near the cabinet) and then call us for furnace repair in Akron, OH. Our technicians can diagnose the trouble and find a remedy so your family will stay safe and warm.

Let’s take a look at what those sounds might mean:

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Big News: The Air Scrubber Can Scrub Out Coronavirus!

October 8th, 2020

We have a major announcement for homeowners who are concerned about having the healthiest conditions possible in their house. The Air Scrubber with Aerus’s ActivePure Technology is now the only air purifier scientifically proven to eliminate 99.98% the SAR-CoV-2 novel coronavirus on surfaces. This is an air purifier that we install, and we know many of our customers will be interested in having one integrated into their HVAC systems.

In a series of tests completed by an independent FDA-compliant lab, the Air Scrubber demonstrated that it has a 99.98% surface-kill rate within seven hours on the novel coronavirus. The Air Scrubber is also a defense against many other harmful viruses and bacteria, all without using ozone or chemicals:

  • Swine Flu (H1N1)
  • Avian Bird Flu (H5N8)
  • Hepatitis A (HAV)
  • MS2 bacteriophage

ActivePure Technology is the most powerful air and surface purification system available to homes—and it’s the only one of its class recognized by the Space Foundation and Certified Space Technology.

Crown Group Ohio: Comfort Experts Since 1963. Call us today to learn more about our indoor air quality options.

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Extremely High Water Bills? You May Have a Hidden Leak

October 5th, 2020
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“What’s going on with these water bills?” If you find yourself saying that each time the monthly utility bills arrive, you may have a serious problem with your home’s plumbing in Green, OH. You may be able to trace the increased water usage to issues with poor habits—overlong showers—but chances are strong that you’ve already taken things like this into account. You don’t know why the water use has increased so steeply and taken your monthly bills along for the unpleasant ride.

We can make a good guess as to what’s going on, because as professional plumbers we see it all the time. Your home has a hidden leak. Possibly several. This is common in homes all across the country and is one of the leading reasons for household water waste.

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Yes, An Electric Furnace Needs Annual Maintenance

September 21st, 2020
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In our last post, we discussed the importance of annual heating maintenance and having it done each fall. Short version: this maintenance is necessary each year to ensure a heating system remains safe, energy efficient, and in good repair during the winter, and that it will reach its maximum system life expectancy.

“But what about an electric furnace?” a few people may ask. “I get why a gas furnace needs to be checked on but is it that important for an electric furnace?”

The answer is: yes! Heating maintenance is a requirement for all types of heating systems, and your electric furnace in Akron, OH is not an exception.

Electric Furnaces Undergo Strain Like Any Other Heating System

It’s true that electric furnaces have a longer system life average than gas furnaces. The chemical reaction between natural gas exhaust and the parts of a gas furnace will take a toll, and electric furnaces don’t have this issue. But without maintenance, an electric furnace will still fail years too early. You can get 20 years out of an electric furnace with the proper care. Without it, the electrical stress on the system will end its life long before this, possibly giving you only 10 years before needing a replacement. You don’t want to toss away a decade of heating the furnace would have given you.

Electric Furnaces Can Pose Hazards Without Care

It’s easy to convince people they need to be cautious with natural gas-powered systems. But electrical furnaces can pose safety dangers as well. An electric furnace places a large demand on the electrical system of a house, using more power than most appliances, and this may cause shorts to occur and even fires. (If the furnace starts to regularly trip the circuit breaker, please call us about repairs!) Maintenance examines carefully all the wires and electrical connections to make sure a furnace operates at the highest levels of safety during its service life.

Electric Furnaces Can Waste Immense Amounts of Power

An electric furnace has a 100% AFUE (efficiency rating) because all the electrical power converts to heating. There’s no exhaust! But a furnace can start to drain more and more power if it isn’t maintained. Dirt along the heating elements is one way a furnace can become pricier to run. Keeping up with maintenance will keep those energy bills in check.

Electric Furnaces Can Break Down—And Take the Electrical System With Them

Maintenance helps you avoid losing your heating system when you need it the most, and an electrical system is as susceptible to a breakdown as any other type of heater. Tune-ups and inspections will see that you won’t have the furnace fail during one of the coldest days of the year. It also will stop a breakdown from causing damage to the rest of the electrical system and leave you without power.

All it takes to schedule heating maintenance is to sign up for our Crown Comfort Club, which cares for both your heater and AC each year. You’ll receive other benefits as well, such as repair discounts.

Crown Group Ohio is your local comfort experts since 1963. Talk to us today to sign up for our maintenance program and schedule your fall heating maintenance.

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Get Ahead of the End of the Year With Heating Maintenance

September 7th, 2020
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The start of September doesn’t mean cool weather. But it is the start of people thinking about cool weather as they look at the trees and wonder when the leaves will change color. When you begin to think about the shift in seasons, that means it’s an ideal time to schedule your annual heater maintenance in Green, OH. The coming winter is going to be as tough and cold as we usually get in Ohio, and your heater needs the same quality pre-winter treatment it should get every year.

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The Tankless Water Heater: Is It Worth Switching?

August 24th, 2020
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If you are currently considering a replacement for your old storage tank water heater, then making the change to a new tankless water heater is probably on your list of potential new systems. We think this is a good idea, since tankless water heaters have multiple benefits that make them worthwhile additions to many homes.

However, before you decide you want to install a tankless water heater in Akron, OH in your house, please call our water heater specialists for a consultation. You will need to have professionals install your water heater, so have them come in early to help with the selection process. We’ll see if a tankless water heater is worth the investment for your house.

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Benefits of Daikin Mini Split Systems for Your Home

August 10th, 2020
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We are proud to offer the best products for HVAC available on the market. One product we often recommend is the Daikin mini system. These are types of ductless mini split heat pumps, and they have the potential to change the way you view home comfort. If you are interested in ductless mini splits in Akron, OH for your house or new home construction, please call us to learn more about Daikin mini splits.

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