When Is It Time to Replace Your Chimney Liner?

September 24th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Without an effective liner in the flue of your chimney, your home could face serious fire hazards. The liner protects the chimney itself from the combustion fumes that vent out through it from the gas furnace, gas boiler, or fireplace, and also stops those gases from escaping into the living spaces of the house. The liner also prevents heat from the combustion gas radiating through the chimney and reaching flammable material surrounding it.

We install and replace stainless steel and aluminum chimney liners to help homeowners receive safe and effective venting with their heating system. Contact us today.

Times when you should replace your chimney liner

  • When you change the heating system: When you replace your heating system for an upgrade to a high-efficiency model, or to a type of heater that you haven’t used before, it is a good idea to replace the chimney liner as well. The older chimney liner is likely inadequate for proper ventilation for the new system. This also applies to installing a new water heater if it vents through the same chimney.
  • You haven’t had a chimney inspection in years: If you can’t remember the last time you had qualified technicians inspect your chimney, then it has been too long. You should arrange for a safety inspection, and don’t be surprised if the technician discovers that your chimney is overdue for having its liner taken out and replaced.
  • The chimney liner is broken or poorly installed: Older chimney liners made of clay will start to crack apart after time, and should be replaced as soon as possible. If you have always experienced problems with venting through the chimney, you may perhaps have a liner that received bad installation. Call for inspections to see if the liner should be replaced.

Stainless steel and aluminum liners

Our chimney experts replace old chimney liners with stainless steel or aluminum ones. Steel is the preferred metal, and can be made of more flexible material for unusually-shaped chimneys. However, the local codes in some areas prohibit using stainless steel for certain applications. In these cases, you can have an aluminum liner installed instead.

You can trust the more than three and a half decades of experience at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We can inspect your home’s chimney if you think you need a new liner in Newtown Square, PA, and then handle the installation work.

If it is time to replace your chimney liner in Newtown Square, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Some Benefits of Installing a New Furnace

September 22nd, 2014 by Michael Henderson

The fall is the best time of the year to arrange for new heating installation for your home. During the lull between the summer heat and the winter cold, you can take the time to research the best new heating system for your household, work with technicians to size the unit properly, and allow the installers the time to place the system in your house so that it works at its best—and will keep working that way for many years.

Do you have an old furnace in your home? Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive from choosing to install a new one for the winter. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to arrange your new heating installation in Broomhall, PA and the surrounding areas, no matter what kind of heater you need.

The benefits of new furnace installation

  • Higher fuel efficiency: The technology behind gas and electric furnaces has advanced significantly during the last 10 years—probably a shorter time than you’ve had your current furnace. Even if your furnace still works near to its original efficiency, a new furnace will have an improved AFUE rating that was almost impossible back when you had the current furnace installed. You can pay about the same for a new furnace as you did for the old (with inflation adjusted) and receive better energy efficiency than before.
  • Increased safety: Older gas-powered furnaces can start to develop corrosion that may lead to carbon monoxide leaks, and eventually repairs will not do much good. New furnaces will not only lack these safety problems from age, but they are manufactured with a larger number of safety features than ever before.
  • More powerful heating: Along with higher efficiency and safer operation, newer furnaces have more heating power than older ones. If your current furnace has encountered trouble beating back the coldest winter weather, then a new furnace is exactly what you need.
  • Fewer breakdown concerns: The last thing you want to happen during an icy winter night is for an aging furnace to finally decide to “give up the ghost.” Regular maintenance and targeted repairs can help stave this off, but if your furnace is at or beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, the chance of it failing when you need it the most will start to rise—and that’s not good for your peace of mind. Starting over with a new furnace will keep you warm and without worry through the winter.

We offer quality heating installation in Broomhall, PA. If you still wish to continue with repairs, we can handle those as well. We are here when you need us!

For furnace professionals who can help you find the right type and size of system to replace your old furnace, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.

When Is the Best Time to Schedule Commercial Heating Maintenance?

September 15th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

We hear this question a lot, and there are two answers. The first answer is that if you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your commercial heating in Delaware County in over 12 months, you should schedule maintenance as soon as possible. If you do schedule regular maintenance, and haven’t done so yet this year, fall is an ideal time to call for an appointment.

What Happens During a Regular Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a commercial heating maintenance appointment with a Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., technician:

  • Inspect and tighten all electrical connections and terminals.
  • Clean and adjust main gas burners.
  • Clean and adjust ignition/pilot assembly.
  • Thoroughly brush and vacuum clean the heat–exchanger(s) and combustion chambers.
  • Visual inspection of heat–exchanger(s) & combustion chambers for cracks, rusting, or problem areas.
  • Vacuum out blower compartment, return airdrop, and surrounding area. (No duct cleaning)
  • Inspect the flue assembly and test flue gas drafting mechanism.
  • Test and inspect all furnace safety controls.
  • Test and adjust gas pressure.
  • Replace or clean standard air filters.
  • Clean blower motor, drive mechanism and fan assembly.
  • Lubricate all fan motors and all moving parts.
  • Adjust all dampers and set proper blower speed(s).
  • Clean, level, test, and calibrate thermostat.
  • Measure and record heating system output.
  • Measure electrical voltage and amperage.
  • Inspect and test all system transformers, relays, contactors, and controls.
  • Perform a complete and thorough electronic carbon monoxide check.
  • Advise you on other ways to reduce energy consumption, improve safety and enhance comfort.

Benefits of Heating Maintenance

Heating maintenance offers several benefits that are important for you and your business:

  • Better energy efficiency – dirt and wear-and-tear can reduce the energy efficiency of your heating system. With annual maintenance, your system is cleaned and adjusted so that it runs optimally; a heating system that runs optimally uses less energy.
  • Helps prevent repairs – during maintenance, your heating system is thoroughly inspected, and existing or developing problems are caught before they can blossom into large, costly ones. Additionally, small issues, like frayed wiring or worn components can be adjusted and replaced as needed.
  • Safety – during an inspection, the technician will check for cracks in the heat exchanger, which can be a serious hazard.

The cooler temperatures of fall offer a window of time to conduct maintenance on your commercial heating in Delaware County.

No business owner wants to discover on a chilly fall day that the heat isn’t working, so get ahead of the cool weather and call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today.

 

Saving Money with Low-Flow Fixtures

September 8th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

In the U.S., we flush nearly 5 billion gallons of water down the toilet each day. While this drains our natural resources, it’s also tough on our water bills. About two-thirds of indoor water use in the U.S. comes from the toilets, sinks, and faucets in homes, but there is a way to significantly reduce water use. When you call a professional for plumbing replacement to replace your existing fixtures with low-flow models, you’ll greatly reduce your water usage, saving money every month.

One of the best ways to save money on your water bills is by calling a professional to replace your toilets with low-flow toilets. While this is a bit of an investment, the money you save every month, and your reduced environmental impact, will be well worth the cost. While some toilets flush down as many as 5 gallons per flush, a low-flow toilet uses only about 1.5, And while many homeowners worry about low-flow toilets clogging, this is no longer a concern with modern models.

In fact, you can also cut back on a lot of water use without making a major investment on plumbing replacement. Spending just a little bit to replace your showerhead with a low-flow fixture can save thousands of gallons of water per year. And while you may want to replace your inefficient faucets, you may choose instead to add aerators onto your existing faucets which may cut the water flow in half. New showerheads and aerators also help you cut back on hot water use, saving on energy costs.

Installing these fixtures is a great way to conserve resources and reduce spending without sacrificing your comfort. There are many other ways to save money on your water bills, including installing energy-efficient dishwashers and clothes washing machines, but calling for professional installation of low-flow fixtures is one of the most vital steps to take toward a more efficient home.

When you want a professional to help you with any bathroom remodeling such as replacing your existing fixtures with low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

Call the team of plumbing professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for plumbing replacement in Drexel Hill.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 by Michael Henderson

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Wm Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Video Camera Technology and Drain Repair in Wynnewood

August 27th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

The equipment that plumbers use to clear drains and other repair jobs has come a long way. Professionals still use tried-and-true tools like plungers and wrenches, but technological advances have put power into their hands that allows them to perform jobs faster and better than ever before. One of the greatest advances now in regular use is the video camera inspection equipment, which has made drain repair work much easier and more effective.

Remember that equipment, no matter how advanced, is still only as good as the person who uses it. When you need drain repair in Wynnewood, PA, call up the most experienced team of plumbers you can find. You will be in skilled hands with Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., where we have almost four decades of work with plumbing, heating, and cooling. We have top-level equipment and the people who know how to put it to work for you.

Video camera technology: how it benefits work on drains

The standard video inspection kit consists of a long, flexible fiber optic cable on which a miniaturized video camera and powerful LED light are mounted. Plumbers feed the camera end down into a drain (or other plumbing access point) and send it down into the pipes. The other end of the cable attaches to a monitoring system that allows the plumbers to see in real-time what the camera is observing. The cable is usually long enough to reach all the way from a drain through the full sewer line out to the street: there’s almost no area of the drainage system the plumbers cannot access using the video camera.

The plumbers use the information sent from the video camera for a variety of purposes. If they are seeking for a hidden leak, the camera will show them not only the exact location of the leak, but also its size and what may have caused it. This makes it simple for the plumbers to access the leak with the least amount of disruption to your home’s building material or landscaping possible, and then to fix the leak quickly.

Another way the plumbers can use the video camera’s information is to diagnose drain clogging issues and problems from deposits along the inside of the pipes. Plumbers can see if the pipes are suffering from a build-up of organic material, developing corrosion, or if hard water deposits are interfering with flow. The plumbers will then have a definite idea of the problems they need to address and how to go about fixing them.

Whatever trouble you are experiencing with your plumbing, you can count on the skill of the employees at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to handle it.

Call us, and we will bring the video camera equipment necessary to provide you with the best drain repair in Wynnewood, PA possible.

The Steps of Air Conditioning Maintenance

August 20th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

It’s never too late in the summer season to arrange for regular annual maintenance for your air conditioner. If you didn’t schedule  regular maintenance in the spring or earlier in the summer, you can’t neglect it for a full year: the potential for repair problems and wasteful energy performance is too high. Call for air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA right away from a dependable HVAC company.

When you receive AC maintenance from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., you’ll have NATE-certified technicians with experience and the best training available working to see that your cooling system works at peak proficiency. Contact us today and schedule your end of summer maintenance visit. (It’s also an ideal time to arrange for heating maintenance before the cold weather arrives.)

What happens during air conditioning maintenance

Although no two maintenance sessions will go exactly the same, depending on what the technician discovers, there are a few basic steps that you can expect:

  • Thermostat check and calibration: Technicians often look over the thermostat first, to see if it is working correctly. They will recalibrate it if necessary.
  • Check refrigerant level: The refrigerant inside an AC should remain at the same level (“charge”). If technicians see the charge has dropped, they will know to look for leaks. They will also recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Check airflow: The technicians will measure the airflow from the vents to see if the air conditioner is producing the right level.
  • Inspect and adjust electrical connections: The most common type of repairs that ACs need are for electrical problems. Technicians will look over the electrical components and do any necessary tightening to see that the system is running its best.
  • Check motors: The motors should be dirt-free and have the proper level of lubrication so there’s no extra stress on them.
  • Clean the coils: To make sure that the evaporator and condenser coils can properly absorb and release heat, technicians will remove both coils and clean them.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: This will help prevent interference with the inside the condenser due to dust, dirt, and debris.
  • Check and clean condensate pan: The technicians will remove the condensate pan and clean it, and look to see that the condensate drain is clear.
  • Advice: Before leaving, the technician will give you any advice that will help you get the most from the air conditioner based on the maintenance session. You’ll know if you need any repairs and if the system still has a long lifespan ahead of it, as well as what you can do to receive the most efficient operation.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has 37 years of experience with air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA. Call our staff today to arrange for that all-important maintenance session.

How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Cool a Home?

August 18th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Ductless air conditioning has become a popular choice among homeowners, as it offers some benefits you may not get with a traditional split system. Ductless ACs can seem somewhat mysterious, as most air conditioning has traditionally been delivered via ductwork. The truth is that cooling your home with ductless air conditioning in Broomall is quite straightforward; in fact, the only major difference is how the cool air gets into your home. Here’s an explanation courtesy, of our Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., technicians about how a ductless AC system cools a home.

How a Ductless System Works

With a traditional split-system air conditioner, there are two main units: an outdoor one that holds the compressor, condenser and condenser coils, and an indoor one that houses the evaporator unit. With a ductless system, there is an outdoor condenser unit very similar to a traditional system, but instead of an indoor evaporator unit and ductwork, there are individual indoor blowers.

A ductless system uses refrigerant just like a ducted system does, and a conduit between an indoor blower and the outdoor unit holds the refrigerant line, in addition to a power line and a drainage line. Refrigerant works the same in a ductless system as a ducted one, except that it is delivered directly to the blower. Coils inside the blowers are chilled by the refrigerant, and a small fan inside the blower pulls the warm air from your room over the coils. The coils absorb the heat from the indoor air, which results in cool air rising from them; this cool air is then blown into your room.

An outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers, and blowers can be mounted flush against walls and hung from ceilings; they just need to be connected to the outdoor unit via an exterior wall.

Is a Ductless Air Conditioner for You?

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. we have helped customers with air conditioner installation since 1997, call us and schedule an appointment today.

What Does SEER Mean?

August 11th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

One of the key specifications you need to know to understand how an air conditioning system or heat pump works is SEER. This acronym is prominently displayed on the cabinet of ACs and heat pumps, and is connected to whether a particular unit qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Although it is helpful to know what SEER means and why it’s important for a cooling system’s performance, it is only one of a number of important specs. Whether you need installation, repairs, or maintenance for your air conditioning in Wayne, PA, only rely on professionals for the work… don’t attempt it yourself. For fast and thorough service, call on the company with 37 years of experience delivering comfort to homes: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

The meaning of SEER

The letters of SEER stand for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” It is a measure of how efficiently an air conditioning unit (or a heat pump in cooling mode) converts electrical power into cooling power. The higher the SEER number, the less electricity the system will use to provide cooling.

The ratio is determined by dividing the amount of cooling power a unit provides (measured in BTUs, British Thermal Units) divided by the energy consumed in watt-hours. This is not measured over a single test, but over a whole season, so a homeowner has a good idea of how much energy a system will use during a summer.

Air conditioners tend to fall in a range of 12–22 SEER. In order for a system to receive the ENERGY STAR label, it must have a SEER of at least 14.5. Special high-velocity systems can have SEER in the low 20s.

Heat pumps have a second efficiency rating to go along with SEER: “heating seasonal performance factor” or HSPF. This measures how efficienct the system is at heating, and is determined in the same way as SEER. In general, HSPF is lower than SEER for a given system.

The importance of SEER

The more efficient a system is at converting electrical power into cooling, the less the system will cost to run per year. However, this does not mean that you should choose the highest SEER system possible; higher SEER usually costs more upfront for installation, and SEER is not a guarantee of cooling quality, only efficiency. You need to balance SEER with other considerations to get the best all-around performance.

Also keep in mind that an AC that does not receive regular maintenance will begin to lose efficiency. A 20 SEER air conditioner will become a 15 SEER unit after only four years without maintenance. Make sure you take the best care of your air conditioner so that it lives up to its SEER.

For all the assistance you need for top performance from your air conditioning in Wayne, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Some Important Commercial Plumbing Services

August 4th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

If your business uses water in any capacity, whether for a restroom or as part of a food service company, the quality of the plumbing is crucial for safe and effective daily operations. It is especially important for you to keep up with professional plumbing services if you operate a kitchen or restaurant, since you can face problems with health codes because of water line and drainage issues.

Keeping up to code is one of many reasons that you need to rely on professionals familiar with commercial plumbing in Ardmore, PA whenever you require plumbing work. For a contractor with experience you can trust, look to Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We are now in our 37th year of service to the community with high quality comfort, convenience, and savings.

The three important commercial plumbing services

  • Installation: If you are constructing a new company building, or if you have moved into a new building with insufficient plumbing for your needs, you will have to contact plumbers with commercial backgrounds to install new plumbing. You can also call for installation service during remodeling, or for important business upgrades. One of the best ideas for upgrading a building’s plumbing is with low-flow fixtures, or replacing older steel pipes with copper and plastic ones. You will also need to rely on plumbing installation to replace old water and sewer lines, which are essential for keeping your business up to code.
  • Repairs: The daily routines at your work will place a great deal of stress on the plumbing system, and sooner or later you will need to call for repairs to fix a pipe leak, a clogged sink, or a sudden drop in water pressure. Commercial plumbing is complicated, and it requires experts to deduce the cause of problems and fix them. Highly skilled plumbers will not only make the correct repairs, but they will assist with helping to prevent them from re-occurring.
  • Maintenance: The best way to avoid requiring repair service in the first place is to schedule regular maintenance for your commercial plumbing. These visits can consist of thorough drain cleaning to prevent clogs, checks on the integrity of piping to see if there is hidden leaking, and a water heater tune-up. Call a commercial plumbing service to schedule a maintenance session and to learn how frequently your business should have maintenance in the future.

Take your company’s plumbing seriously

Don’t expect the running water and plumbing fixtures in your business will always work when you need them to, and keep in mind how important it is that plumbing remains in good shape.

Call for professionals who handle commercial plumbing in Ardmore, PA, like those at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., to take care of your plumbing: installations, repairs, maintenance.