Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for March, 2013

Wm. Henderson is the Proud Recipient of a 2013 Carrier President’s Award!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

If you had any doubt that Wm. Henderson is a great Broomall plumbing, air conditioning and heating company that you can rely on, check out our latest accomplishment. We are proud to announce that we have been chosen by Carrier, one of the most trusted, established names in the industry, as a recipient of their 2013 Carrier President’s Award. We’d like to take a moment to thank Carrier for their recognition, as well as to explain to our loyal – and potential – customers just what this award signifies. When you need any Broomall plumbing, air conditioning or heating services, call Wm. Henderson.

The Carrier President’s award recognizes Carrier dealers that exemplify both leadership and management while excelling in a number of areas, including customer satisfaction, business growth and operational excellence. At Wm. Henderson we put the comfort and satisfaction of our customers at the top of our priority list, and Carrier took notice. When you work with us you get the quality service and expertise that comes with years of professional training and experience.

The President’s Award started in 2007 and is Carrier’s highest honor for its dealers. It serves as a symbol of encouragement for excellent customer relations and is meant to inspire other companies to strive for these same goals. The recipients of the Carrier President’s Award are businesses that exceed the high expectations placed on them as not only Carrier dealers but also Carrier Factory Authorized dealers. These companies are held up to very high standards, and only those that exceed even these high standards are considered for this honor.

As a Carrier President’s Award recipient we want you to know that we will also work to better our already outstanding services. Your complete satisfaction is our goal with each and every job we undertake. We promise that we will do everything possible to live up to and improve upon our exceptional reputation.

When you are in need of professional Broomall air conditioning, heating or plumbing services, Wm. Henderson is the company to call. You can count on us to handle any service you need completed. Carrier has recognized our company with their highest honor, and we are sure that after working with us you will understand why.

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Choosing Heating Systems: Boiler or Furnace?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Spring is an ideal time to think about upgrading your existing heating system. As it begins to warm and we move into the cooling season, it’ll be comforting to know that when winter once again hits in Springfield, PA, you’ll have a new heater to keep you home warm and comfortable. When it comes to finding out what type of heating system to choose, you may find yourself divided between a boiler and a furnace. Both are tried and true heaters, and are widely recognized as standards of the modern home. In this post, we would like to break down some of the differences between these popular heating systems. For heating installation in Springfield, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between boilers and furnaces:

  • Fuel. Both boilers and furnaces can rely on either natural gas or electricity. While electricity is generally more efficient, because there is little wasted combustion exhaust, natural gas can be more cost-effective, depending on your locale. Gas furnaces and boilers are common, and each will be fitted with some type of ignition apparatus and safety device to ensure that the combustion chamber does not fill with fuel if it cannot be lit.
  • Heat distribution. All furnaces use roughly the same principle of distribution: an air handler blows hot air into ductwork to distribute heat throughout the house. There will be duct registers at the base of walls and often in the ceilings. Boilers, on the other hand, have roughly two distribution systems, depending on whether they use hot water or steam. Hot water boilers use either copper baseboard piping with aluminum fins, hot water radiators, or some combination thereof. Steam boilers use specially designed steam radiators to produce a pleasant humidified air during the dry winter months.
  • Advantages? Both systems are great and have their own advantages, depending on what your current system is and what you expect from your heating system. Hot water boilers can also heat the water for your home, thus removing the need for a separate water heater. For some homeowners, that’s a definite plus.

We hope this helps you understand a bit more about furnaces and boilers. Whatever system you choose, the key is professional installation from a reputable company. For Springfield, PA heating installation, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today! 

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How Trenchless Pipe Replacement Works

Monday, March 18th, 2013

When your sewer main or water line needs replacement, there’s often nothing more disconcerting to a homeowner than digging large trenches in your yard to replace a relatively small pipe. Rightfully so, but is there another way? Trenchless pipe replacement is a time and cost-saving technology that avoids extensive excavation on your Springfield, PA property. Far from having to remove large portions of sidewalk or trees, trenchless technology means less damage and disruption to your home. If you notice wet spots in your yard, or severe backflow in your home, it may be time to replace that sewer main or water line. For trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

Sewer or water line replacement used to require heavy equipment to excavate enough of the yard to make accessing the damaged pipe possible. Instead of digging up the entire area surrounding the length of the pipe, the trenchless team digs two access holes, one at either end of the pipe in need of replacement. Typically, video inspection is required to assess where the damage is as well as its extent. A hydraulic pump is set up at one end to provide the pressure necessary to pull a pipe liner, often fitted with a pipe-bursting attachment on its head if the pipe is collapsed.

If your pipe has a leak, crack, or is missing a section, the hydraulic pump pulls the pipe liner through the length of pipe. Once it is inflated, it released an epoxy cast, which seals a new pipe inside of the old one. The inflatable bladder is then removed. In cases where there is significant damage to the pipe, the liner is fitted with a pipe-bursting cone that removes any debris and forces the pipe to open up enough to fit a new pipe inside. A new pipe forms within the old. Whatever the problem is with your sewer or water main, trenchless pipe replacement is the way to handle the situation effectively.

Don’t dig up your beautiful lawn—call for trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today! 

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Plumber’s Guide: Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

You rely on your water heater to provide steady and consistent hot water to your plumbed appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, but also to make sure your shower is hot. As the major plumbing fixture in most homes, it’s important that the water heater works reliably. Knowing the energy and cost differences between repair and replacement is essential to ensuring that you’re neither preserving a hopeless and obsolete water heater, nor rushing into a replacement that it is unnecessary. If your water heater is broken and you’re not sure whether to repair or replace it, call a Havertown, PA plumber at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

The key to making a decision is contacting a certified plumber. Only a professional diagnosis can determine the cost benefits of a new water heater versus repairs. Let’s look at a few problems with your water heater:

  • No hot water. While the result is fairly obvious, the cause may not be. It could be a variety of things: from an electrical or thermostat problem to a broken heating element. Your local plumber will be able to assess the problem and recommend a solution.
  • Not enough hot water. If you notice a dramatic decrease in your hot water production, or if your hot water is not nearly as hot as it once was, then it might be a problem with the thermostat or with the piping surrounding the water heater itself. It may also be a buildup of lime scale on the heating element inside if you have hard water.
  • Leaks. While most leaks tend to be small and difficult to detect, there are cases when a water heater floods a basement.

When thinking about repair or replacement, you want to think about the future of your home as well as the age of your water heater. While your plumber may be able to repair it, doing so may not solve major problems if your water heater is at the end of its working life. Talk to a professional about which option is best suited to your home and budget. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for plumbing service in Havertown, PA today!

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Plumbing Guide: Bathroom Remodeling FAQs

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to improve the quality of your home. By upgrading fixtures and faucets, installing a new shower and toilet, and adding new tiling to the new floor, your new bathroom will really improve your home. If you’re thinking about bathroom remodeling in Havertown, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services for exceptional service. We have a highly-experienced team of bathroom remodeling professionals ready to get started on your project. Here are a few of the questions that we often get asked about bathroom remodeling:

  • What can I do to prepare for my bathroom remodeling? Look at design magazines and manufacturer’s brochures to get a sense of what you want from your new bathroom. Try to think about what parts of your bathroom you want to stay the same. Also, think about what upgrades you may want to make to the infrastructure of your home surrounding the bathroom. While you have the walls open, it can be a great time to replace piping or insulation, or to realign some crooked framing. We can work with you to make sure you’re excited about the way your bathroom will look when it’s finished.
  • Should I upgrade my piping? It depends on its condition and its age. We can perform a diagnosis of your pipes to see if you need repair or replacement. We can install new copper piping at any time, but it can be more convenient to know this early on in the process.
  • Do I need a new shower? Again, that depends on its condition. If you have some water leakage around your shower, you should probably considering upgrading. As one the most important parts of a bathroom, you probably want to ensure that it’s as new as the rest of your remodeled bathroom.
  • Can you make my bathroom more efficient? We install all kinds of high-efficiency fixtures and faucets. These types of fixtures can have a tremendous impact on the amount of water that your home uses each year.

If you’re thinking about a bathroom remodeling project in Havertown, PA, call the friendly experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. We have years of experience working with bathroom remodel projects of all kinds. We know you’ll be pleased with the results.

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