Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for March, 2012

Warm Weather is Coming: Is Your AC Prepared?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Summer is coming to Delaware County and pretty soon snow blowers will turn into golf carts, the RV covers will come down and the swimming pools will fill with water. It’s a great time of year, but before you can dive into summer and start enjoying yourself and the warm weather, you must make sure that your AC is prepared for the heat of the season. William Henderson Inc. has a few tips to ensure that your air conditioner is primed and ready to cool.

The first order of business is to make sure that the air conditioner was not visibly damaged during the winter season. Hopefully, it was covered during winter, which goes a long way to protecting the casing and the innards of the appliance. A quick check of the outside should let you know if your AC unit experienced wind damage or any other kind of physical abuse.

On the inside you will want to check the drain tray. Many times this can become stuffed with leaves, dirt and other debris. The drain tray is an important part of the air conditioner and must remain clean at all times. Pull out the tray and use a shop vacuum to get at any dirt or debris inside. Once the tray is clean, replace it.

Next, check to make sure that the filter is new and clean. A dirty filter will cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Diminished air flow wears down the heat pump and other moving parts and also causes the unit to use more energy, costing you more money.

Finally, clean the coils with warm water and mild detergent. Hardware stores also sell a coil cleaning solution if your coils are really dirty. Like a filter, clean coils allow the AC to function at peak performance. After the coils have soaked for a while, rinse them with clean water and let them dry.

If after all this your AC unit is still not working correctly you may need to hire a professional to check to make sure your heat pump is functioning properly. If you find yourself looking for heat pump repair in Delaware County, look no further than William Henderson heating and cooling. With over 30 years experience, we know how to get your cooling system up and running in no time.

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Is Your Basement Waterproof?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Spring is a wet time of year. The snow pack of the winter season, overcome by more direct sunlight gives ways to puddles in the sidewalk, which grows into miniature lakes in the yard. Local storm drains take the brunt of the runoff, but regardless of location, water runs downhill until it finds the lowest point. Don’t let that lowest point be your basement!

Water in your basement can cause all types of problems from mold and mildew to unpleasant smells. Both of which lead to pests. To keep away from having these problems your best bet is to make sure that your basement is waterproof. Although it’s not difficult to waterproof the walls of your basement, it does take a bit of knowledge to understand where to start and where to go.

The first step is to take a survey of your basement walls. Hopefully you have a fully exposed basement wall and hopefully it is made out of modern concrete. A modern concrete wall with no cracks has the best protection against leaks. Cobble foundation walls and older concrete walls are susceptible to cracks and breaks. Even the smallest crack will allow water through.

Walk the basement wall and locate any cracks you can find. Repair those cracks with concrete filler according to the directions on the package. Let the filler dry. It is not enough to just fill in the cracks in your basement wall however. After the filler is dried you then need to apply a coat of sealer all the way around your basement. The sealer is a waterproof brush or spray applied substance that will create a waterproof barrier. This will keep water from permeating your basement wall and getting into your basement.

Many plumbing contractors in Delaware County can suggest a method for waterproofing your basement, but only William Henderson Plumbing has 35 years of experience helping Pennsylvania homeowners in Delaware County and the Mainline. We are ready to inspect and suggest a fix for any leaking basement problems you may have.

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