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

Air Conditioning FAQ: Why is My AC Leaking Water?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

As we enter the cooling season in Springfield, PA, you may be checking on your AC to ensure that there’s nothing wrong with its operation before the heat and humidity begin. One common problem we see is air conditioning systems leaking water. If you’ve ever wondered about where that water is coming from, you’re not alone. The air conditioner is a complex machine, but one thing to keep in mind is that it also dehumidifies the air as part of the cooling process. We’d like to explain why your AC might be leaking water. For Springfield, PA air conditioning services, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

To understand the leaking water, let’s take a look at the process of cooling and dehumidification. Inside the indoor unit where the air handler sits there is an evaporator coil that is responsible for cooling the warm air in your home. It is a pyramid-shaped series of coils through which a cool liquid refrigerant circulates. As the warm air comes into contact with these coils, the moisture in the air condenses on to the coils, and the air is dehumidified.

But where does that water go? There is a condensate drain pan fitted beneath the evaporator coil, so that any condensed water vapor can drip right into the pan, and down the drainpipe. From there, it either goes to its own drainage, or connects to your wastewater disposal system. When this system works, the condensed water is not a problem, but if not, that water is at risk of moving into the air handler itself, or possibly on the floor in front of the indoor unit. This typically occurs because the condensate drain pipe becomes clogged with dust and other debris, causing the drain pan to overflow. However, leaks can also occur, whether because of physical damage or due to general wear and tear. These are usually quick fixes for your AC contractor.

For more information about your Springfield, PA air conditioning system or to schedule repair service, call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today! 

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Air Conditioning Guide: Is it Time to Repair, or Replace?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Spring is a great time to ensure that our home is in tip-top shape for the heat and humidity of the summer. While routine maintenance should help ensure you get years of reliable cooling, there may come a time when you need to consider the decision between repairing and replacing. While it may make more financial sense to replace your AC in many cases, it’s important to know what your options are. That’s why professional consultation is so important. When you need exceptional Havertown, PA air conditioning services, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services!

There are a number of factors to think about when deciding whether to repair or replace: your cooling needs, the condition of your home, budget, and so forth. The following is only a brief guide, and hands-on diagnosis should be performed by a professional before you make any decisions. That said, let’s take a look at some potential reasons to repair or to replace your AC:

It’s probably time for repair if…

  • Frozen coil: This is often caused by a clogged air filter, or some other airflow problem. When fixed, your AC will usually return to normal. 
  • Water leak: Water leaks in or around the air handler are caused by a condensate drain overflow or drainpipe clog. This device fits under your evaporator coil to catch water and make sure it drains properly. Clearing the clog is usually a quick fix.
  • Debris accumulation: Sometimes your AC just needs to be professionally cleaned in order to restore its efficiency and effectiveness. Obviously, not a problem that requires you to replace your system.

It’s probably time to replace if…

  • AC is old: If your AC is old and it seems as though it’s reached the end of its life, then it’s a good time to at least begin thinking about replacement, even if your AC still works.
  • Frequent repairs: If your AC requires frequent repairs, you should consider replacement as a viable alternative. Not only would you receive a brand new highly efficient system, but you would also be able to avoid supporting an old system, and begin investing in your future comfort.

Whether you need repair or replacement, the Havertown, PA air conditioning experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services are here to assist you. Call us today! 

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Plumbing Tip: Pros and Cons of Copper Piping

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If you’re in need of plumbing replacement, you may be wondering what type of pipes your plumber will use. While copper piping has become the standard hard pipe in the plumbing industry, and has been used in plumbing applications for many years. It is only since the 1970s that plastic piping has offered a viable alternative to copper plumbing. In this post, we’d like to run you through the pros and cons of copper piping so that you and your plumber can make an informed decision about what’s right for your home and your plumbing requirements. For more information about copper piping, or to schedule a Springfield, PA plumbing service, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today!

As a tried and tested standard of the plumbing industry, copper offers many pros, including:

  • Durability: While it’s ductile enough to be used for fittings and joints, copper is incredibly durable. In addition to its fire resistance, it is also corrosion resistant. Its rigidity allows for less supports when spanning distances, and it maintains alignment under pressurized conditions.
  • Malleability: Plumbers love copper because of its strength and malleability. Sweating copper pipes is one the basic techniques of the residential plumber.
  • Fire resistance: Copper has a high thermal rating, making it resistant to fires. For homeowners concerned with using fire retardant materials, copper makes an excellent choice.

That said, there are some potential cons to take into account, as well:

  • Cost: The major reason for the rise of alternative piping is cost. Copper piping is more expensive than plastic piping, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX). The latter is quickly becoming a standard in many residential applications for its strength and flexibility.
  • Metallic flavor: While it is minimal, copper piping may add a metallic flavor to your drinking water, which may be off-putting for some homeowners.

Remember to discuss your options with a plumbing professional in order to receive the most up-to-date information on piping. For Springfield, PA plumbing services, call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today! 

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Why Consider Upgrading Your Air Conditioning

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Many homeowners put up with a mediocre performance from their air conditioning systems just because they do not want to invest in a new system. Even without investing in an entirely new system, though, it is possible to improve the performance of your air conditioner. Contact the Havertown, PA air conditioning professionals at Wm. Henderson today to learn more about the great air conditioning upgrades available to you. Our professional air conditioning technicians can help you get a better performance from your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year.

There are many benefits to be had by upgrading your air conditioning system. Improved comfort is just one, and probably the most important to many homeowners. Even a relatively small air conditioning upgrade, such as installing a new thermostat, can help you keep your home more comfortable. A digital programmable thermostat, for instance, makes it easier for you to accurately set desired temperature settings thanks to its easy to read display. It will also allow you to make different air conditioning programs that work around your schedule. This means that you no longer need to cool your house all day long just to have a comfortable environment to come back to.

With a programmable thermostat you can maintain moderate temperatures in your home throughout the day. Then, shortly before you arrive home from work, your thermostat can kick your AC into a high gear. This lets you come home to a comfortable environment without maintaining that temperature all day.

This also helps cut back on the amount of energy you use in your home. This increased efficiency is another great reason to consider upgrading your air conditioning in Havertown, PA. There is no better feeling than increasing comfort in your home while paying less to operate your air conditioning system.

To learn more about the air conditioning upgrade options available to you, call Wm. Henderson. Your comfort is our top priority. Let us help you get more from your air conditioning in Havertown, PA with our great air conditioning upgrade options.

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