Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Why Is My Furnace Constantly Stopping and Starting?

February 13th, 2018

question-mark-badgeIf you’ve had your furnace for at least one winter season, you know what noises to expect from it. And you know when to expect them. A furnace has a heating cycle it goes through as it reaches the temperature set on the thermostat and then shuts itself off again until it’s needed once more. The cycle isn’t a brief start-and-stop process: when your home’s furnace comes on, you can expect it to stay running for more than fifteen minutes.

If you have a furnace that’s turning on and off a multiple times an hour, it’s going through something called short-cycling. If you’re not concerned about it, you should be—short-cycling puts immense strain on a furnace’s components, leading to it rapidly wear down. It will also raise your heating bills.

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Let’s Help You Cut Down on Those High Heating Bills

February 12th, 2018

piggy-bank-savingsWe’re halfway through the winter, and those cold temperatures have no intention of letting up anytime soon. Your home heating system has a long way to go before you can shut it down for the season. If you’ve noticed that your heating bills are higher than normal, it’s time to do something about it—or you’ll be paying those higher bills for the next few months. (And there might be other troubles ahead aside from a spike in costs.)

There are steps you can take to lower heating bills, such as putting the thermostat down around 68°F during the day and putting on an extra layer of clothing. But if the rise in heating costs doesn’t seem normal, the issue may be with the heating system itself. Check first on the air filter (if you use a forced-air system like a furnace or heat pump), and change it for a fresh one if it’s clogged. If this doesn’t improve things, then we recommend giving us a call. There are a number of ways we can help you get your home heating costs back under control.

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Why Is There Smoke Coming from My Heat Pump?

January 29th, 2018

frost-pattern-on-windowHeat pumps are becoming more common in our area as homeowners discover their advantages. Heat pumps provide two-in-one comfort, with powerful cooling for the summers and energy-efficient heating for the winters. Homes without natural gas connections that can’t use gas furnaces for heat benefit from the cost-saving operation of a heat pump. Compared to the cost of running an electric furnace, a heat pump is a huge annual money-saver.

Even though heat pumps operate similarly to air conditioners (we’ll talk more about this below), there are some important differences. If this is your first winter with a heat pump, you may be in for a few surprises when it runs–like seeing smoke coming off the outdoor unit.

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Spot Leaks Before Calling a Plumber: Some Tips

January 16th, 2018

leaking-p-trapHidden leaks inside household plumbing are a huge source of water waste across the country. According to the U.S. government’s WaterSense program, household leaks can account for a loss of one trillion gallons annually. That’s equal to the water use in 11 million homes! On the smaller level, an individual homeowner can end up paying hundreds more for water use over a year from undiscovered leaks—and that’s before considering the building damage these leaks can do.

But here’s the problem with hidden leaks, and it’s right in the name: they’re hidden. How can you know to look for leaks in the first place? You’ll need to call a plumber in West Chester, PA to do the actual leak detection and plumbing repair necessary to fix the problem, but we have some advice for figuring out that it’s happening and where it’s happening. With a little detective work, you’ll know when your plumbing is in trouble.

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How to Prevent Hair Clogs in Bathroom Drains

January 15th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugThere are many different causes of bathroom sinks or shower drains becoming clogged. Probably the biggest one is hair clogs. Hair that goes down a drain can easily become caught in the P-trap, the curved pipe section located right under the drain. Once hair is caught, it starts to snare more hair that comes down the drain. It won’t take long for a tangled blockage to stop up the pipe—and it can be hard to clear out using a plunger or even a hand-cranked drain snake. (And don’t even think about using chemical drain cleaners, which not only won’t work but might damage the drainpipe.)

The solution to a hair clog in the bathroom is to call for a professional plumber in Havertown, PA. You can count on our professional plumbers to solve the trouble fast with our drain cleaning techniques. However, we’d like to help you stop the problem from starting in the first place. Here’s what you can do to avoid hair clogs in the drains:

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How to Spot Signs You Need Heater Repair

January 1st, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianHow would you like your heater to tell you that it needs repairs? It’d be great if the heater could just send you a text message, or maybe put a display on the thermostat: “Just wanted you to know my blower fan motor is about to burn out. Would you like to call and arrange for a repair service to fix it?” That would make everything easy.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet have furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and other types of heaters with this kind of smart-tech. Maybe in the future, but for right now, you’ll have to be alert to signs you have a malfunctioning heater.

Calling for repairs is already easy, even without a computerized heating system: just contact us for heater repair in West Chester, PA and we’ll see that the problem is fixed fast and fixed right.

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Your Water Heater Works Harder in Winter: Here’s Why

December 19th, 2017

water-heater-tankWinter weather puts more pressure on your home’s heating system. You expect that: winter weather is the reason you have a heater in the first place! But you may not realize that the cold weather puts more strain on your water heater as well. Because a water heater runs 365 days a year, no matter if it’s cold, cool, warm, or hot outdoors, you may think that it’s always working the same amount.

Here are the reasons a water heater does more work in winter—and why it pays to watch out for repair problems so you can have them fixed fast!

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Prevent Heater Repair Services with Timely Maintenance

December 18th, 2017

wrenchesIf you never had maintenance done on your vehicle, would you expect it to need fewer repairs than if you had it maintained regularly? Absolutely not! One of the points of regular vehicle maintenance is to prevent inconvenient, even dangerous, breakdowns.

Your home’s heating system needs to be treated the same way as your car. Think of winter as if it were a big road trip for the heater. Just like a vehicle, it will be under immense strain and run for long stretches. You want to head off on the winter “road trip” with a heater that’s prepared to handle the work stress along the way.  

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5 Signs You Need a Plumber

December 4th, 2017

water-leaking-from-holeSometimes you know you need the help of a professional plumber. Burst pipe sending water all over the place? Yep, call a plumber. Toilet that won’t flush? Oh, definitely call a plumber. Clogged up kitchen drain a plunger can’t clear? Call a plumber right away!

But not every plumbing problem is so obvious. Some are sneaky, especially the problems that start small. The trick is catching them when they’re still small so they are easier for a plumber to fix and won’t cause damage to your house.

Here’s our handy guide to 5 warning signs you have plumbing troubles that need a licensed professional plumber to repair:

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3 Things to Look for In a Plumber

November 21st, 2017

plumbing-servicesA plumbing service is as important to your home as your mechanic is to your car or your dentist is to your teeth. When problems arise with your plumbing, you need to be sure that the company you call is going to do the job the right way and make sure you don’t have to deal with the same issue again in the future. There are a number of decent plumbing services in the area and only you can determine which one is right for you. There are, however, a few guidelines to look for that can help guide you to the right service. 

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