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.


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

Why Is There Water in My Air Conditioning System?

May 4th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

In Havertown and Springfield, PA, our summers come in the hot and humid variety. That makes reliable air conditioning systems an absolute necessity, and the last thing you want is to have a breakdown on the hottest day of the year. You can help prevent potential problems by noticing out-of-the-ordinary details. For example, you might notice water around your system: puddles or condensate in spots that should be dry. “Why is there water in my air conditioning system?” you ask. It usually signals one of two problems: Continue Reading

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner

April 27th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to take a hard look at your air conditioner. If it hasn’t had maintenance done on it yet this year, you should schedule some. If it needs repair, it should be fixed before the days heat up. Finally, if it needs to be replaced, it should be as soon as possible. You don’t want your old air conditioner breaking down on you in the middle of a hot summer day, after all. How can you tell if your air conditioner needs replacing, though? Just have a look at the signs below. Continue Reading

Signs That You Need Sewer Repair

April 20th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

Your sewer line is designed to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, funneling waste out of your home so you don’t have to deal with it. That can make things difficult when your sewer line malfunctions, as you may not be able to recognize the signs. Though sewer problems tend to be rare, they can have some pretty nasty effects when they do happen. Read on to find out more about how to tell when your sewer line malfunctions. Continue Reading

3 Air Purifiers that can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

April 13th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

The air quality inside the average home is not nearly as good as many homeowners believe it to be. Inside the air you breathe are millions of microscopic contaminants, including dust, pollen, mites, dander, germs, and mold spores. Some provoke allergy attacks, while others can infect and sicken people.  Though you may not realize it, you are constantly being exposed to these contaminants while in your home. So what can you do to improve your indoor air quality? The best solution is to install an air purifier. Read on for a brief outline of 3 of the more popular air purifiers. Continue Reading

When Is It Time to Call for Air Conditioning Repair?

April 13th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

When your air conditioner develops a problem, acting quickly to get it fixed is key. HVAC problems tend to be progressive. When one part starts to break down, it often affects the entire system. If left alone, the problem may cause the entire system to break down. So the sooner you catch a problem with your air conditioning system, the more damage you’ll be able to prevent. How can you tell when your air conditioning system has a problem, though? There are couple of common indicators that your air conditioner is having trouble. Read on to find out what they are. Continue Reading

3 Common Air Conditioning Problems that You need to Watch for

April 6th, 2015 by Michael Henderson

As we move into spring and the weather starts to warm, it is important that you start paying attention to the health of your air conditioner. The last thing you want to happen is have the system break down during a hot day. So, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it and call for professional repair whenever you notice a problem. Read on to learn about 3 of the more common air conditioning problems that you need to watch out for.

Frozen Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is the part responsible for evaporating refrigerant to siphon heat from the air. Without the evaporator coil, the air conditioner wouldn’t actually be able to cool your home. As the evaporator coil evaporates refrigerant, condensation forms on it and flows out of the system through a drain pipe. If the evaporator coil gets too dusty, though, or a leak lowers the refrigerant level, it can cause the temperature around the coil to drop too low. This causes the condensation to freeze on the coil, forming ice that blocks its access to the heat in the air. If you notice ice forming on your air conditioner coil, turn it off and call us to schedule an appointment.

Refrigerant Leaks

The air conditioner cools your home by cycling refrigerant through the system. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will slowly drain refrigerant from the air conditioner until it can no longer operate. If you notice liquid dripping or pooling around your air conditioner, call us immediately. Another common sign is a gurgling sound when the system is turned on.


When your air conditioner keeps cycling on and off every few minutes, that’s called “short-cycling.” This is often caused by a malfunctioning compressor, which is the part responsible for circulating refrigerant through the system. If the compressor starts malfunctioning, it can cause pressure irregularities that throw off the rhythm of the system. This is an extremely damaging behavior if allowed to continue for an extended period of time, so be sure to turn off your system and call a professional if you notice it happening.

If your air conditioner is having issues, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We provide air conditioning services throughout Havertown and Springfield, PA.