Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Now Is the Time to Plan for AC Upgrades

August 30th, 2016

We’ve entered the last few weeks of summer here in Springfield, PA, and hopefully your air conditioner is still going strong after months of regular use. But even if it is, you’re likely paying much more in monthly cooling bills than you do the rest of the year. With cooler weather on it’s way, this is an excellent time to plan for upgrades to your air conditioner: ways to improve its performance next summer without replacing the whole system.

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AC Problems to Look for Late in the Season

August 29th, 2016

We tend to get more air conditioning repair calls in August and early September than we do any other time of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Our Havertown, PA summers have been going strong since May, and your air conditioner has had to respond with daily use most of the time. With a few more weeks of hot days still likely, it’s only natural for some models to feel the stress of the season and suffer breakdowns or similar problems. As homeowners, you can help out your own cause by looking for common signs of AC problems and responding accordingly. Generally speaking, anything out of the ordinary for your system is worth contacting a professional over, but more specifically, you should look for the following issues:

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How to Keep Your Generator Ready to Go

August 22nd, 2016

A generator is a smart purchase for homeowners in Wayne, PA. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you, and with another winter just around the corner, it’s always best to be prepared. But preparation means more than just having the system properly installed. You should schedule a maintenance session once or twice a year from a trained technician, allowing him or her to look for any trouble and ensure that you don’t get any nasty surprises when the time comes to turn on your system.

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Consider Installing a Heat Pump

August 15th, 2016

Late summer is a good time to take stock of your HVAC system here in Bryn Mawr, PA. Summer has been with us for several months now and with at least another month of hot weather expects, older air conditioners will begin to show signs of the strain. It’s also a time to look forward to the winter, and consider whether your heating system may be due for replacement. A heat pump makes a terrific solution in both cases, providing both heating and cooling power in a single package. Here’s how it works.

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Signs of an Air Duct Breach

August 8th, 2016

The air ducts branch out from the centralized air conditioner to the corners of your Springfield, PA home: transporting cool air from your system to every room and cooling the home in a more or less uniform fashion. Ducts are protected from damage most of the time, since they’re located in your walls or your attic. But damage can occur, either from an outside source, problems with repairs elsewhere in your home, or the simple failing of a bolt or screw linking two pieces of duct together. A good air conditioning repair company can seal the breach — either by replacing the faulty bolt, using material like duct mastic or creating a fitted piece to put in place over the hole — but first you need to spot the trouble. The list of symptoms can include, but is not limited to the following:

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Why Size Matters with a New Air Conditioner

August 2nd, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’re probably keeping a close eye on the clock. Our summers are blazing hot here in Havertown, PA, and the longer you limp along with your old system, the more you’re likely to pay in monthly cooling costs (to say nothing about the risks  of a full-bore breakdown). The more you know about what you need, the more quickly you can pinpoint the system that works best for you and schedule an installation to restore cool and comfortable temperatures to your home. First and foremost among the things you should look for is the size or power load of the new system. It’s not as easy an equation as it sounds.

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Signs of Common Plumbing Leaks

August 1st, 2016

As you may have suspected, plumbing leaks remain the biggest reason to call a plumber, and we handle more leak calls each week than any other type of plumbing call. The good news is that gives you an expert on call who can swiftly handle the problem the right way. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spot the signs of a plumbing leak before you can call us in, and while water slowly spreading across your bathroom floor is a good sign, it’s no the only one. Here are some signs of common plumbing leaks that you should watch out for. 

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How Humidity can Damage Your Air Conditioner

July 25th, 2016

Bryan Mawr, PA gets pretty hot in the summer, but just as bad as the heat is the humidity, which can make the entire area feel like a pressure cooker. Your air conditioner needs to be up to the task, because it must often content with high humidity as much as high temperatures. Sadly, it wasn’t set up to deal with humidity, just high temperatures, and while it can do the job, you’ll be putting it under  a great deal of strain and stress. How, specifically? There are several ways.

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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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