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

Plumbing Repair Tip: How to Prevent Shower Clogs

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

There are many different ways in which our daily activities can put the condition of our plumbing systems, and the quality of their performance, at risk. Clogged shower and tub drains are among the most common plumbing problems that homeowners deal with. Here are a few tips on how you can help to minimize the risk of shower clogs from the Springfield, PA plumbing repair pros at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc..

First of all, it is very important that you remember to put drain covers over the drain in your bathtub. No matter how long or short your hair may be, some of it will be shed during the showering process. That hair, if allowed down your shower drain, can cause serious clogs. While a slow-moving shower drain may seem like little more than an inconvenience to some, such an issue can actually have some pretty serious ramifications on your plumbing system as a whole. Clogged drains can throw off the pressure within your plumbing system, leading to potential damage.

Another great way to prevent shower clogs is with the help of a professional plumber. By scheduling routine drain cleaning service you can help ensure that your drains are able to dispose of wastewater as effectively and reliably as possible. Waiting for a clog to develop before pouring harsh chemical cleaners down the drain is hardly a proactive approach to maintaining healthy plumbing. Without the use of chemicals and with the deft touch of a professional plumber, quality drain cleaning service is the best way to keep the water flowing down your drains.

To learn more about how you can keep clogs from developing in your shower drain, contact the professional Springfield, PA plumbing repair technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today. We are always happy to help you live with greater convenience in your home. Maintaining optimal plumbing functionality is the best way to do so. Schedule service today.

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Air Conditioning Repair Question: Why is My Air Filter Damp?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

You depend heavily upon the integrity of your air conditioning system to deliver clean, cool air throughout your home on a daily basis during the summer months. Air conditioners are generally built to last; they are built of sturdy components are designed to withstand damage. However, some problems are inevitable. Among the various problems that you may encounter with the operation of your AC concerns high levels of humidity. Moisture is a necessary component of comfortable air, of course, but in high amounts, this can lead to microbiological growth and system damage. A damp or wet air filter is a common issue in air conditioning, but it needs to be properly diagnosed to find the root of the issue. In today’s post, we’d like to look at this issue more closely. Call the Havertown air conditioning repair experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for service.

Let’s take a look at two potential reasons why your air filter is damp:

  • Condensation: The most common reason for this is due to the condensation caused by the thermal interaction of the evaporator coil and warm indoor air. Your evaporator coil circulates cool, liquid refrigerant that absorbs the heat from indoor air. This process dehumidifies the air and the resulting condensation goes into a condensate drain pan, which is itself connected to a pipe that removes the water away from sensitive air handler components. If something goes wrong with your condensate drain system, you may have additional moisture in your HVAC system, including possibly a damp air filter.
  • Humidifier fault: If your HVAC system is outfitted with a whole-home humidifier, then your wet air filter problem could be related to a fault within the control valves. The result is saturated air moving directly into the air filter.

If you have high levels of moisture in your air conditioning system, you should consider having it checked by a professional technician. This can be a symptom of a more serious problem that can reduce performance and energy efficiency. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive air conditioning repair services in Havertown, PA.

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Why Call a Plumber if Your Toilet is Running

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

When your bathroom fixtures start to cause problems, whether it’s your toilet, shower, or sink, it can be frustrating. One problem in particular, a constantly running toilet, can not only be annoying but it can also cost you in wasted water. When you need a Media, PA plumber, call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating. Since 1977 we’ve been offering faster, reliable and quality plumbing services for all different kinds of plumbing components. We put together a quick list of some of the reasons why your toilet might be constantly running.

  • Flapper is loose – Yes, that is the technical name for the circular rubber flap that covers the hole in the bottom of your tank. If the flapper doesn’t create a tight seal over the flush valve seal it can let a little water flow from the tank into the bowl. Every few minutes the toilet refill will kick on the replace the water. This issue can be caused by an old flapper, a flapper that is the wrong size or if the chain that runs from the lift arm to the flapper is too short.
  • Float rod and float – The float arm is what deactivates the refill process for your tank after you flush the toilet. If the float arm is broken and not able to lift up far enough then water will keep coming into your tank. The overflow pipe will keep the tank from overflowing but it will still be wasting water.
  • Bad fill valve – The fill valve is what controls when water comes into your toilet If it is broken it could let water keep pouring into your tank even when it is already full. The excess water will flow into the overflow pipe. This is also incredibly wasteful.

If you need a Media, PA plumber make sure that you call the friendly experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating. We have over 35 years of experience working on all types of toilets and toilet repair issues.

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Why Your Coils Froze

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

You need to ensure that your Newtown Square, PA air conditioning system works well as we shift into the summer season. We see a great variety of problems every cooling season. One of the more common among them is frozen coils. The coils in question make up the evaporator, which resides above the air handler in the indoor unit. As the warm indoor air is extracted from your home by the blower motor, it then interacts with the cool, liquid refrigerant flowing through the evaporator coils, and returned to the ducts to be circulated throughout the home. So, how could they freeze? Let’s take a look at some possibilities. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for exceptional Newtown Square, PA air conditioning services.

  • Clogged air filter: Your air filter is designed to prevent dust and other debris from accumulating on your sensitive mechanical components. When this occurs, it can lead to all sorts of problems, from inadequate cooling and energy inefficiency to premature system replacement. But if your air filter itself becomes dirty or clogged with debris, it can actually begin to impede cool airflow, and this can lead to a frozen coil.
  • Blower motor fault: Over time, your blower motor may suffer a fault or malfunction. If it does not extract enough warm air to blow through the evaporator, then this can lead to the air surrounding the coils to become stagnant. The coils become too cold, and this can lead to frosty coils.
  • Low refrigerant: If the level of your refrigerant is low, then you can expect neither performance nor energy efficiency. The “charge” of your refrigerant should stay the same throughout the life of the AC. However, because of a leak or improper installation, you may find yourself with low refrigerant levels. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to make sure that you get it fixed and recharged. Low refrigerant can also disrupt the refrigerant cycle, which can lead to coil problems like frost buildup.

If you have frozen coils, then call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for comprehensive Newtown Square, PA air conditioning repair services.

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