3 Problems with the Condenser Array in Your AC

June 29th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

The condenser array forms the first stage in the air conditioning process: shifting gas refrigerant to a liquid state and subjecting it to a great deal of pressure before moving it on to the evaporator coils where it properly cools the air. The process involves several different components and results in a lot of heat being bled into the air. Accordingly, the condenser array is usually located in the outside portion of the house, which mean the components can be subjected to damage from the elements. Havertown and Springfield, PA have their share of adverse elemental conditions, which can cause significant problems with the condenser array in your AC. Here’s a quick breakdown of three of them. Continue Reading

Why Is There Frost on my Air Conditioner?

June 22nd, 2015 by Michael Henderson

In Havertown and Springfield, PA, we experience a lot of hot and humid summers, which keeps our air conditioners running most days. When trouble comes, it usually starts with very subtle signs that most average homeowners won’t notice. That’s a pity because early detection can mean the difference between a small repair bill and a very large one. For example, you might notice frost forming on the evaporator coils of your air conditioner. At first, it may not seem like a big deal. Isn’t the system supposed to be cold? But in point of fact, frost on your air conditioner can signal the beginning of serious problem. Continue Reading

Steps of an Air Conditioning Maintenance Plan

June 15th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

An air conditioning maintenance plan, performed by a qualified technician, could be the best thing you can do to keep your AC unit running efficiently. It’s not strictly a repair session. Instead, it’s a sort of tune-up, designed to help your air conditioner function more effectively and identifying potential problems when they’re still small enough to treat inexpensively. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to Modern Sewer Replacement

June 9th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

No one likes the notion of having to dig up their yard to correct a problem with the sewer line, especially here in Havertown and Springfield, PA. Our summers are hot and muggy, which makes such work unpleasant in the extreme, but it’s usually the only time to perform such an operation. Winters mean frozen ground and the volume of our snowfall the last few years renders such operations supremely tricky. At least they used to. Trenchless modern sewer replacement has replaced those operations with a more effective means of getting the job done. Here are 3 advantages to modern sewer replacement that demonstrate its superiority. Continue Reading

The Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

June 8th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

Your HVAC system can do a great deal to keep your home cool and comfortable during those hot summer months. Here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, that’s far more than a luxury. But regulating temperatures isn’t the only thing your HVAC system can do for you. The addition of UV germicidal lights can vastly improve your indoor air quality, as well as the health and happiness of the people in your household.  The benefits of UV germicidal lights should not be underestimated, and with the right technician as your guide, you can begin enjoying them almost immediately. Continue Reading

Now is the Time for Trenchless Sewer Repair

June 1st, 2015 by Michael Henderson

Few repair jobs are more arduous to homeowners than sewer repair. Or at least that’s the way it used to be. When a sewer line broke, it meant expensive and arduous excavation to reach it, and with the harsh winters in Havertown and Springfield, PA, you only had a small window of time to do it effectively. The good news is that trenchless sewer repair has made the process a lot easier and much less expensive. Sadly, technology has yet to fully catch up with frozen ground in the winter, so if you want to conduct a trenchless pipe replacement on your property, now is the perfect time to do it.   Continue Reading

Causes of Air Conditioning Short Cycling

May 25th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

Air conditioning repair contractors must sometimes contend with short cycling: the tendency of a system to turn on and off rapidly throughout the day. Ideally, your air conditioner should run for at least 15 minutes at a stretch before turning off, and obviously it should never turn off before the house is adequately cooled. Otherwise it’s short cycling. That’s a problem because air conditioners use much more energy starting up and turning off than they do when they’re simply running, which not only raises your monthly energy bills, but puts undue strain on the other units in your system: increasing the chances of a serious repair in the future. The causes of air conditioning short cycling are varied, but can include the following: Continue Reading

What Factors go Into Air Conditioning Sizing?

May 18th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

When you buy a new air conditioner, you need to take careful stock of its size. And we don’t just mean its physical size (though obviously you need it to fit comfortably in the space allotted for it). The power output of your air conditioner needs to fit the needs of your space perfectly. If your new unit is underpowered, it will run and run all day without ever properly cooling your home. If it’s too powerful, it will engage in “short cycling”: cooling the air too rapidly and shutting on and off numerous times throughout the day. (Air conditioners use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do simply running, which means that short cycling can lead to higher energy bills and increased risk of repair. Continue Reading

What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

May 11th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

There’s an old joke that we have two seasons here in Havertown and Springfield, PA: winter and road repair. You could expand that last part to include “sewer line repair” as well. The cold weather and frozen ground make sewer line repair extremely difficult in the winter, and since our cold season is so long, there is a limited window of opportunity to fix problems with your sewer line. Doing so in the summer can save you a lot of hassle and expense, as can relying on trenchless sewer repair rather than more traditional methods. What are the benefits of trenchless sewer repair? The answers to that question are both simple and powerful.

Faster

Trenchless sewer repair works by drilling two holes on either side of the affected pipeline, then sending down and fitting a replacement line in place through those holes. Because we don’t have to excavate the entire sewer line, the job can be done much more quickly – usually in just a day or two – which makes a huge difference if you’re waiting to get your toilet or showers up and running again.

Less Expensive

Because trenchless repair doesn’t involve heavy equipment or additional personnel, and because it happens much more quickly than trenched repair, it tends to cost a lot less than it would with more old-fashioned methods. Furthermore, it doesn’t tear up your yard the way a more complicated technique would, saving you from expensive replanting and landscaping costs. And that savings comes without any loss of quality with the repairs themselves: your sewer line will be just as reliable as it was when it was first put in.

The warm temperatures of summer make trenchless sewer repair even easier, so if you feel the time has come to fix a faulty sewer line, call the experts at Wm Henderson Inc. to schedule a consultation today!

3 Tips to Lower Your Cooling Bills

May 11th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

Summer is on its way, and with it comes the high temperatures and stifling humidity that residents of Havertown and Springfield, PA have come to expect. Your air conditioning system can keep you cool during those heat waves, and most of us have gotten used to paying higher bills in the summer to fight back the hot weather. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you can’t save a little on those monthly bills by helping your air conditioner run more efficiently. Here are 3 tips to lower your cooling bills. Continue Reading