Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

How to Drain Your Water Heater

July 18th, 2016

Your water heater does its job silently and effectively, but because it’s usually tucked away in the basement or garage of your Springfield, PA home, it can be hard to spot the signs of approaching trouble. Unfortunately, that often turns little problems into big repair jobs and can sometimes necessitate the replacement of the whole unit. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way and we urge our customers to set up an annual service call to keep your water heater running the way it should. You can help your cause out further by draining your water heater and flushing out the sediment at the bottom every few months. It’s an easy operation and requires only a length of house and somewhere to send the water in the tank (ideally a nearby drain line, but a large barrel or bucket will do as well. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown.

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Never Attempt Plumbing Repairs Yourself

July 11th, 2016

We get our share of do-it-yourselfers here in Havertown, PA, and when plumbing problems arise, it can be tempting to attempt to fix them yourself. In all but the mildest cases, this can be a huge mistake. Professional plumbers have access to skills and resources that the average layman doesn’t, and the potential downside of an attempted DIY repair job can easily swamp whatever savings you’re hoping to incur. Here are some very good reasons to never attempt plumbing repairs yourself.

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Why Is Sizing a New Generator so Important?

July 5th, 2016

We see our share of the unexpected in Bryn Mawr, PA, from hurricanes to winter storms, and while our civic electrical grid is as good as anyone’s, Mother Nature still has the final word on those kinds of services. A whole-house generator could be the perfect way to keep your family safe and comfortable during a crisis: powering your home while the winds blow outside and making sure you have the things you need. We can install and maintain generators for your home, including those for homes off of the electrical grid, which need to function day in and day out. Before we can do that, however, we need to discuss sizing your generator: the first step towards finding the right model for you.

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Common Signs of Air Conditioning Problems

July 4th, 2016

Wayne, PA experiences its share of hot weather, and the humidity that hits us every summer is often beyond belief. A good air conditioner is the perfect weapon against those issues, and can keep your home comfortable and safe no matter how high the temperature climbs. But that assumes it runs as expected to day in and day out. Breakdowns, when the occur, can be absolutely devastatng this time or year, and the sooner you can spot the signs of trouble in your AC unit, the faster you can summon a repair service to take care of it. Regular maintenance sessions are a good way of doing that, and if you haven’t scheduled one this year, now is a perfect time to do so. Beyond that, there are a set of common symptoms of air conditioning problems that can alert you to an issue in most circumstances.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Maintained This Summer

June 27th, 2016

Air conditioning maintenance isn’t the same as a repair call. Repair calls are intended to address a specific problem, such as a broken fan motor or a clog in the ducts. Maintenance calls, on the other hand, act as more of a general tune-up. It addresses lots of little issues: loose bolts, clogged filters, a lack of lubricant on moving parts, and countless other little details that need addressing for the system to work at its best. It also gives the technician a chance to examine your system for signs of larger trouble, and schedule a repair secession to treat it before it gets out of hand. If you haven’t scheduled a session so far this year, now may be the perfect time to do so: allowing you to enjoy the benefits all summer long.

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What Is Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

June 20th, 2016

A number of key components in your household plumbing are usually buried underground: notably the water main, which bring potable water into your home, and the sewer line, which takes wastewater out. Summer is typically the time to address problems with those pipes, since the ground isn’t frozen the way it is with our Springfield, PA ¬†winters.

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Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat

June 13th, 2016

Thermostats are designed to last for a long time, and if you’ve had yours for ten years or more, congratulations on getting so much use out of your investment. But the one drawback to such longevity is that you may have missed some exciting advances in the field. Thermostats not offer so much more than they did just a few short years ago, and considering how hot our summers get here in Havertown, PA, now is the perfect time to take advantage of those new features. Here’s a few of them listed to give you an idea of what you can get when you upgrade your thermostat.

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When Do You Need Emergency Plumbing?

June 7th, 2016

Not every plumbing call is an emergency. Indeed, depending upon the circumstances, it can sometimes wait a few days until you have time in your schedule and can call in a plumber when it’s convenient to you. But plumbing doesn’t always follow strict timetables, and as nice as it might be to schedule repairs at your convenience, sometime an emergency call is necessary. We happily provide emergency services for homeowners in need, but before you incur the added expense, you should consider when an emergency call is necessary. Here’s a few guidelines

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3 Considerations When Buying a New Air Conditioner

June 6th, 2016

Here in Bryn Mawr, PA, residents have already experienced some of the heat and humidity in store for us this summer, and it’s only going to get worse. If you’re thinking about installing a new air conditioner, now is the time to do it, before the temperatures get even worse. That way, you can enjoy the benefits that a new system provides all summer, without having to worry about your new system either breaking down or costing you an arm and a leg in inefficient service. A good technician can¬†help you find the right system for your home and install it with pride. But before you start, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when searching for a quality air conditioning system. We’ve laid out three of the most important below.

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Don’t Scrape Off That Frost on Your Air Conditioner!

May 30th, 2016

Our air conditioners are going to be seeing a lot of use in the next few months here in Springfield, PA as temperatures continue to climb ever higher. You may have noticed an unusual phenomenon in your system: frost or ice forming on the coils. Most people either dismiss it — after all, isn’t your air conditioner supposed to be cold? — or try to scrape it ff themselves. Both can be costly mistakes. Frost forming on your coils is the sign of a serious problem, one that you need a trained repair technician to properly address.

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