Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

How a Boiler Can Make a Big Difference in Your Home

March 11th, 2019

condensing-gas-boilerAre you currently in a situation where you can switch from standard forced-air heating (such as using a furnace or heat pump) to using a boiler system? You may be moving into a new home that doesn’t have ducts already built in, or you are building your own house. In these situations, a boiler is not only a possibility, it may be the best choice to keep you warm winter after winter.

We’ll take a look at the way a boiler system can make a difference in a home—how it changes things from a forced-air heater.

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How Can You Tell You’ve Got a Heater That’s “Too Old?”

February 25th, 2019

furnace-oldWhen the winter ends (don’t worry everyone, we’re getting there…), you’ll have an opportunity to make upgrades to your heating system. If you think your heater wasn’t performing as well as you expected it to during the winter, one possible solution is to have a brand-new heating system installed. Does that sound too extreme? It’s not if you have a heater that’s too old.

But what’s too old? It’s a good question, and we’ll give some answers—although the best way to get an informed answer is to call for residential heating services from HVAC professionals.

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Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell Terrible?

February 11th, 2019

girl-pinching-noiseNobody wants unpleasant odors drifting through their homes. Unfortunately, sometimes parts of the drain and sewer system in homes can suffer damage and clogs, which then sends sewer gases into the house. Smelly plumbing is an unfortunately common problem, and something our plumbers are often fixing for our customers.

A part of the plumbing people often find emitting terrible odors is the garbage disposal. If you’re currently dealing with a stinky garbage disposal, you’ll want to know what to do about it, and if it’s a serious enough problem to require a plumber. Let’s see what might be happening in your kitchen plumbing to cause this.

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Can a Heat Pump Manage in Our Winters?

January 28th, 2019

heating-cooling-housesThe winters here can be rough, although not at the deep-chill levels of many midwestern and northern states. Our homes absolutely need to have heating systems to manage the winters, but we don’t always have to rely on the natural gas furnaces that are the most common central heaters.

One of the alternatives to using a furnace for forced-air heating is a heat pump. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner.

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The Benefits of Using a Boiler for Home Heating

January 14th, 2019

boiler-residentialWhen it comes to debating what type of heating system to use for a new home, you have more options than you would if you were only replacing a current system. You can decide on a forced-air system using ductwork, or a radiant system that sends out heat by warming up objects in the room. The most common type of radiant system is a hydronic system, where water is heated in a boiler tank and then circulated through radiators and baseboard heaters in the various rooms.

Is a boiler on your list for a possible heating installation for your house? We think it should be—although you’ll always want to seek out quality heating services from professionals before you make a definite choice. Until then, here are some of the benefits of a boiler for you to consider.

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Broken Heater? What to Do Before Calling for Repairs

December 31st, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatOne of the worst house emergencies you might run into during the winter is when the central heating system stops working. Whether you use a furnace, boiler, or heat pump to keep your family warm through the winter, you may suddenly find that you aren’t getting any heat at all from it. What do you do?

If your first thought is to call for heater repair from HVAC professionals, you’re definitely on the right track. In cases where the heater has suffered a breakdown due to a malfunction, you only want professionals to service it. Trying to do the work yourself is likely to fail, and it can even be dangerous!

However, before you reach for the phone, it’s worth it to make a few checks to see if there is a simple explanation for the problem.

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Causes for Uneven Heating Around Your Home

December 17th, 2018

cold sweater manYou want your household heating system to provide enough warmth to raise the indoor temperature to a comfortable level. That’s just what a heating system is for!

But the amount of heat isn’t the whole story. Properly providing comfort to a home requires moving the heat around to the different rooms. If some rooms are getting too hot while others feel like freezers, it’s called uneven heating—and it’s not fun. Unfortunately, it’s a common trouble people encounter, and it often calls for professional HVAC services.

Below, we’re going to look into some of the reasons your house is experiencing uneven heating.

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When Should You Stop Repairing a Furnace and Replace It?

December 3rd, 2018

old-rustic-furnaceOne of the big questions for furnace owners is when to stop calling for repairs for a home heating system and instead invest money in replacing it. We won’t pretend there’s an easy answer to this question—we certainly can’t make a broad generalization for all furnaces.

However, we can help shed some light on the question. When you need to make a solid decision about furnace replacement or furnace repair for your home, make an appointment with one of our skilled HVAC professionals. They’ll help you weigh the factors so you can make the choice that’s right for your needs.

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Retrofit Ideas for a Bathroom Plumbing Remodel

November 19th, 2018

luxury-bathroom-remodelBathrooms aren’t necessarily the first rooms homeowners think of when looking to remodel some of their spaces. But the right bathroom remodel to retrofit older fixtures, surfaces, cabinets, and more has excellent benefits. It improves a home’s value, it makes the space easier to use and more cheerful, and can help with household members who have mobility issues.

When you start out on a bathroom plumbing remodel, you’ll want to work with an expert in plumbing construction and design. They’ll help you come up with the best idea for the retrofit. We’d like to give you a head start thinking about how you can make the best updates for your bathroom upgrade.

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Still Haven’t Schedule Heating Maintenance? Here’s Why You Should

November 5th, 2018

service-blue-markerNovember already! The fall is flashing past quickly, and winter will be here before we know it. Your household will start relying more and more on its central heating system. Before your central heater becomes, well, central to your home life, make sure you’ve scheduled regular maintenance for it with our professionals.

If you’ve already gotten maintenance done, great. If you haven’t, don’t worry—it’s not too late. And if you feel on the fence about whether it’s really that important to have this job done every year, here are a few reasons you absolutely want an annual maintenance inspection and tune-up with our technicians:

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