Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Reasons You May Want to Install a Ductless HVAC System This Year

June 3rd, 2019

ductless-unit-in-roomYou don’t need to have ductwork set into the walls and attic of your house to enjoy energy efficient cooling throughout the rooms. No, we’re not talking about using window units! In fact, if you still rely on window units for cooling because you live in an older house without a ventilation system, then ductless HVAC is something you should know about.

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It’s Not Too Late to Schedule an AC Tune-Up

May 20th, 2019


One of the most vital air conditioning services you can schedule for your home’s cooling system is annual spring maintenance. Spring is quickly running out, however, so is it too late to arrange for professional air conditioning maintenance?

No, not at all! It’s always better to be late than to skip maintenance entirely—and since it’s still spring, it’s not even “late.” We still encourage you to call as soon as possible for service, since it’ll be easier to arrange for a convenient appointment and you’ll beat out any early heat waves. We have great maintenance plans offered at three different tiers to match your budget!

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Toilet Leaking From the Base? Here Are Some Reasons Why

May 6th, 2019

toilet-with-button-flushLeaks in the bathroom are serious problems. You don’t want leaks to occur anywhere in your home, but the concentration of plumbing and fixtures in bathrooms makes leaks there highly urgent. You also don’t want to lose the use of those important fixtures for too long.

When leaking appears to be coming from the toilet, it’s something you want stopped and repaired as soon as possible. There are extra dangers coming from a toilet that appears to be leaking from around the base aside from the water waste and inconvenience!

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Was This the Last Winter for Your Furnace?

April 22nd, 2019

Furnace-standardWhen the cold days finally get behind us and the warm mid-year winter settles in is a good time to think about how your home furnace performed. If you encountered no major troubles from your furnace over the winter, your house stayed comfortable, and the utility bills were steady, you’ve probably got a furnace in good shape for next winter.

But if you’re reading this, it’s probably because something wasn’t right with the furnace, or you suspect it’s getting too old to be reliable. Replacing a dying furnace during the middle of the year is good planning, since you’ll have an easy time scheduling the service and won’t have to worry about staying warm while the work is being done. But how can you know for certain it’s time for a replacement? A new furnace is a major investment, and you don’t want to do it years before you have to.

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Why Your Heater Keeps Shutting Off Early

April 8th, 2019

heating-elementWe advise customers to have their heating systems repaired as soon as they notice anything wrong with them. This applies any time of the year, even during early spring when warmer days are just around the corner (or at least we hope so).

If you notice a problem like your heater turning off early, we recommend calling for professional home heating services as soon as you can—even in April!

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One of the Biggest Dangers to Your Sewer Line: Trees!

March 25th, 2019

tree-roots-in-sewer-lineThe sewer line may not be a part of your home plumbing you think about much. It’s definitely a part you hope you don’t have to have an “up close and personal” encounter with—because that means something is seriously wrong and your home may become unhygienic.

But it’s helpful as a homeowner to know about the troubles that may affect your sewer line and when it’s necessary to call a professional local plumber to inspect and fix the problem. The most common danger to a sewer line that can end up clogging or breaking the pipe is from trees.

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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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