Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. Blog

Why is there Frost Forming on my Heat Pump?

February 13th, 2016

It may seem counterintuitive: frost forming on a device intended to produce heat for your home in the winter. But not only is it common for heat pumps here in Springfield and Havertown, PA to develop frost while operating, it’s the sign of a big problem. Heat pumps rely on the same basic system as air conditioning: circulating refrigerant through a closed loop that first generates hot sir (to warm your house in the winter) and then cool air (to cool it in the summer). Frost can form for a number of reasons, though almost all of them denote a need to summon a repair technician and deal with the issue.

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3 Considerations When Installing a New Generator

February 8th, 2016

Our civic electrical systems are as good as they come here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, but no system is perfect, and our local weather can get pretty brutal, especially in the winter. The solution may be a generator for your home, able to power vital systems and keep you safe and comfortable when trouble hits. A reliable service professional can discuss your options with you and perform a first-rate installation service. But before you pull the trigger, you need to make sure your system is set up right. Here are 3 consideration when installing a new generator.

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What Is a Backflow Prevention Device?

February 1st, 2016

Indoor plumbing has existed since the Roman times, and like anything else, it has enjoyed numerous technological advancements in the long years since. But in some ways, the principles remain the same. Pipes are used to carry clean water into your Havertown and Springfield, PA home and to take polluted water (from our toilet, for instance) out of your home. The only trouble is that the system works both ways… which means in the right circumstances that polluted water from the sewer can flow back into your home. It’s a cause for concern, though the good news is that a backflow prevention device can stop it. What is a backflow prevention device? Read on for the answers.

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What is the Benefit of a Whole-House Humidifier?

January 25th, 2016

A whole-house humidifier is actually a fairly simple device: just a wick that soaks up water from a reservoir and a fan that blows across it to add moisture vapor to the air circulating through your heating and air conditioning systems. But here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, that can make a huge difference not only in your household comfort levels, but in your heating system as a whole. In order to understand the benefits of a whole-house humidifier, it’s important to understand the meteorological principles behind it.

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Benefits of Ductless Heating

January 19th, 2016

Most of us here in Havertown and Springfield, PA are familiar with centralized forced air furnaces and boilers which heat our homes during the cold months of winter. But if you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to consider a ductless mini-split system, which abandons the centralized model in favor of a series of smaller heating units placed in separate rooms or sections of your home. Each unit can be operated independently of the others, and usually comes with its own thermostat and control panel. A ductless mini-split system isn’t for every household – smaller homes likely don’t need it, and if your existing centralized system is working fine then there’s no reason to change – but larger homes with a lot of rooms and homes that can’t easily accommodate a ducted system could benefit greatly from it. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few benefits.

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Improve Your Quality of Life with a Water Treatment System

January 18th, 2016

Our various civic water systems are pretty good here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, but they’re not perfect, and if you’re looking to improve the quality of the water in your home, you can make steps to remedy it. Hard water, in particular can be a problem in this area, and while it’s not harmful, it can leave your drinking water with a harsh unpleasant taste as well as creating that crusty white build-up on your faucet. A quality water treatment system can improve your quality of life, as well as correcting these problems in your home plumbing system. Here’s a few specifics.

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Simple Ways to Cut Down on Dust in Your Home

January 11th, 2016

Cold air means dry air, and with winter finally here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, we’re going to see a lot of it. That means an increase in dust and other contaminants in the air, which can have a detrimental effect on your household. This is especially true if you have someone suffering from asthma or a similar condition in your household. You can improve indoor air quality by installing indoor air quality products in your home such as electronic air cleaners. But there’s also some basic steps you can take to cut down on dust in your home, which can make a big difference if you apply them regularly.

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The Benefits of Modular Commercial HVAC Systems

January 4th, 2016

Homes here in Havertown and Springfield, PA typically have a centralized heating and air conditioning system, with one main unit generating hot (or cool) air for distribution throughout the home. (There are some exceptions, such as ductless mini-spilt systems, but they’re less common.) Commercial HVAC systems, on the other hand, use a centralized format far less often. Instead, they use modular systems, involving a series of multiple units – usually placed on the roof to save space – performing heating and cooling duties. It seems like an odd dichotomy, since they’re performing the same function, but in truth it makes a lot of sense. Commercial and business spaces have different needs than residential spaces, and a modular system just works better on the whole. Here’s why.

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3 Things to Check Before You Call in Heating Repair

December 28th, 2015

A heating malfunction is nothing to take lightly here in the depths of winter. The temperatures can get chilly indeed in towns like Havertown and Springfield, PA, and when your heater fails to function, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible. But before incurring a service charge for what may turn out to be a minor issues, it’s best to perform a few basic checks to see if the problem isn’t something that’s much easier to fix. Here are 3 things to check before you call in heating repair.

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What Does an Automatic Shut-Off Valve Do for Me?

December 22nd, 2015

With snows arriving here in Havertown and Springfield, PA, and this winter looking colder than ever, you’re going to face your share of plumbing leaks. Frozen pipes and corroded connections have a way of creating leaks and worse this time of year, and the subtle ones may be even more problematic than the ones that send water flowing all over your bathroom floor. Most homes come equipped with a shut-off valve that you should use immediately any time you detect a leak. But you can improve your chances of mitigating the damage by installing an automatic shut-off valve with the assistance of a professional plumber. “What does an automatic shut-off valve do for me?” you ask. Read on for the answers.

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