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

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!


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Has the Time Arrived? Air Conditioning Replacement Tips

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Are you tired of paying for frequent repairs? Can your system no longer cut the heat during the summer? It can be tricky to know whether to continue repairing or to replace your air conditioning system. There are numerous factors to consider and ultimately you have to make the decision that’s right for your home, cooling needs, and budget. But don’t do it alone. Ensuring that you have a proper technical guide to rely on is critical to the future comfort of your home. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive Drexel, PA air conditioning services.

Let’s take a look at some things you should consider for your air conditioning replacement.

  • Old age and frequent repairs? First and foremost, you need to decide whether it makes sense to replace your existing system. If you have an older system, then you should at least consider the possibility of replacement . If it also requires frequent repairs, then you should probably invest in the future of your comfort with a new model, rather than to continue to prop up a declining and obsolete system.
  • Size: You need to make sure that the size of your new system matches the needs of your home. A professional installer will ensure that this is so, and may even make recommendations about how you could improve the energy efficiency of your home as well as your new AC’s cooling performance.
  • Duct or no ducts? During replacement, you may want to consider switching up the type of AC. If you previously had a central air system that required extensive ductwork installed within your home, then you may wish to stick to what you know. But if you’d like to improve your energy efficiency and avoid the indoor air quality issues that come with the use of air ducts, then you may want to consider going ductless. A ductless split system is similar to a central AC system, but instead of using ducts to distribute the air from a central unit, there are multiple air handlers placed inside your home. 

We hope this brief guide helps you get started thinking about whether you need air conditioning replacement in Drexel Hill, PA. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for AC services today!  

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Why Schedule Air Conditioning Repair as Soon as Possible?

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Is your AC no longer cooling as well as it once did? Have you noticed a leak around your indoor air handler? Making sure that you schedule  air conditioning repair as soon as you notice a problem or deficiency is the best way to allow your system to work as it should. You need to make sure that your AC is not only performing well so that you can stay comfortable during the summer, but also that it is performing efficiently, so you can keep your energy bill to a minimum. Both of these concerns rest on an AC in good working order. In this post, we’d like to review why the timing of pro repair is so important. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive Havertown, PA air conditioning repair service.

  • Energy efficiency: During the summer months, you need to make sure that your AC operates efficiently, meaning that the ratio between electrical energy input and cooling output remains high no matter what the outside temperature is. While your AC has a SEER rating that indicates its estimated efficiency, the actual energy efficiency depends upon the cleanliness of your system, its age and condition, as well as the insulation of your home and the condition of your ductwork.
  • System longevity: Even minor problems can lead to significant problems if left unaddressed. Neglecting air conditioning repairs can decrease the working longevity of your system, and it may cause your system to break down much earlier than it should.
  • Performance: Repairing any problems in the first instance is the best way to ensure that they don’t get in the way of your comfort. This is the reason why you have a comprehensive home cooling system, so don’t allow a minor repair to shut your system down during the hottest days of summer. Whether you have a dirty condenser coil, low refrigerant, or an overheated compressor, your AC will not work well unless it is repaired by a professional technician.

If you’re concerned about the integrity, efficiency, or effectiveness of your system, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive Havertown, PA air conditioning repair services. 

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Plumbing Guide: Replacing Plumbing Components

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Our plumbing system works behind the scenes. We readily enjoy the stream of hot water coming out of the shower fixture high on the wall, or the washing machine unit that somehow fills up with water, but we don’t think about how our plumbing works. The truth is that a lot of hard work and design is responsible for the conveniences of our modern plumbing systems. But it won’t last forever and there may come a time when you have to replace some of your plumbing. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive plumbing services, from whole home repiping to water heater replacement.

Here are some examples of common parts of your plumbing you might need to replace:

  • Piping: You have piping throughout your home plumbing supply system, and you can expect it to be durable, provided it is taken care of and was installed properly, but nothing, not even copper, lasts forever. Temperature and pressure fluctuations, hard water, and simply general wear and tear on pipes and connections can cause multiple leaks and corrosion. It’s important to try and prevent systemic pipe failure so that you can avoid any water damage in your home. If your pipes frequently leak, have a plumber examine your system to see if you need pipe replacement.
  • Water heater: No matter what type of water heater you have, it will eventually need repair or replacement. If your tank storage water heater has turned your home water supply a rusty color, then it could mean that oxidization has started to rust the interior of your water heater. This can be not only hazardous to your water supply, but it can also lead to major water heater failure, which can mean a lot of hot water leaking into your home.
  • Fixtures: The fixtures that function as the intermediaries between you and your water supply are subject to wear and tear just like the rest of your plumbing components. Don’t let small faucet leaks increase your water bill. If you have a faucet that is constantly leaking or a toilet that keeps running, its important to get it repaired or replaced quickly. If you want to make your home more environmentally friendly, replacing your faucets, showerheads, and toliets with fixtures specially designed to be low-flow can have a big impact on how much water your home uses.

Keep an eye on your home plumbing system. When you need to replace any of your Havertown, PA home’s plumbing components, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today! 

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