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

How Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioning

Monday, July 29th, 2013

During the summer, the warm weather brings many of us outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. However, humidity is another thing that can accompany the heat of summer. So how does your air conditioning handle humidity? Here at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc., we wanted to put together a short explanation of how your air conditioner can help you with humidity. Give us a call if you need any kind of services for your air conditioning in Havertown, PA.

Humidity is nothing more than moisture in the air, but it can cause big issues for your home’s comfort and also air quality. Fortunately, your air conditioning system provides your home with natural dehumidification. Have you ever noticed how water will start to bead on the outside of a cold glass on a hot day? This is called condensation and it occurs because cool air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air. This also happens on the inside of your air conditioning system. Your air conditioning system blows the warm air from your home over a series of very cold coils. As the warm air cools it will release its moisture onto the coils. The condensation will then drip down into a pan and drain away. This process is what removes the moisture from your home’s air and keeps your house from being humid and muggy.

Keeping the right levels of moisture in your home is important to maintaining good air quality. Too much humidity can allow insect and mold populations to increase. Dust mite and cockroach droppings are terrible allergens to many people as well as mold spores. Conversely, having dry air can increase dust levels in your home and it can also cause dry skin and nose bleeds. While in same cases your air conditioning system is enough to control the humidity in your home, you might need an additional dehumifier to make your home truly comfortable during humid summers. And during the winter, you might need a humidifer to add moisture back to air which is too dry.

Offering good quality services for air conditioning in Havertown, PA is what we’re dedicated to here at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. Our technicians would love to help you keep your home’s humidity in check with humidifier or dehumidifier installation, repair and maintenance. Call today to learn more!

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What Special Equipment is Used During Plumbing Repair

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

When you call for plumbing repair in Ardmore, PA, your plumber will use a variety of different tools depending on the job that you need them to do. Here at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc., we have years of experience offering quality plumbing services and we wanted to let you know about some of the tools that we use. Give us a call today if you need any kind of plumbing services for your home.

  • Video camera pipe inspection: One of the most useful tools that our plumbers have is our video camera pipe inspection equipment. This piece of equipment uses a small camera that is connected to a long wire. Our technicians feed the camera down in your home’s plumbing system so that they can find any small clogs or leaks that might be occurring there. Not only does this help them more precisely target their cleaning which saves them time, it will also allow them to check their work.
  • Pipe Wrench: A pipe wrench is a large heavy wrench used to tighten pipes, fittings and nuts. They usually have serrated teeth to make sure they are able to tightly grip the pipe without slipping.
  • Basin Wrench: A basin wrench is used to adjust the nuts that hold sink faucets in place. It’s specially designed to fit into deep, narrow spaces.
  • Drain Snake: A drain snake is a flexible steel cable with steel auger bit on the end. It is used to clear clogs deep down in your drain pipes. There are a few types and sizes for use in the different drain pipes in your home.

Some of the less common equipment we use is for trenchless pipe replacement. For this type of job there are a couple different methods. Pipe relining involves basically inflating a new pipe inside the old one. We pull a deflated pipe through the old one and then inflate a bladder inside of it so that it sticks to the old pipe and hardens. The other method involves forcibly dragging a new pipe through the old one which destroy s the old pipe completely. We use a pneumatic pump that pulls a pointed metal cap through the old pipe leaving you with a nice, new pipe behind it.

If you need any kind of plumbing repair in Ardmore, PA, make sure that you call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc.

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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Why Your AC Trips Your Breaker

Monday, July 15th, 2013

You depend heavily on your air conditioning system to get you through the heat and humidity of the summer months. But when problems arise, they can disrupt your daily routine and make your home inhospitable. If you’re continuously frustrated at your AC for tripping the circuit breaker so frequently, then there is probably something wrong with its operation or your electrical supply line. Electrical problems are serious and they should not be neglected. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for all of your air conditioning repair needs in Springfield, PA.

  • Faulty wiring: One of the most common reasons for a frequently tripped circuit breaker is faulty wiring. This could be the result of improper installation or your electrical supply or control board may have been damaged at some point during operation. Whatever the reason, your electrical supply line needs to be installed and serviced by an HVAC technician in order to make sure that your system has sufficient power to operate.
  • Power surge: Another possibility is a power surge. While most people think of lightning when they think of electrical surges in their home, a far more common type of surge occurs in your home every day. As the level of current fluctuates according to use, your electrical outlets and equipment may trip the breaker. This can occur when you try to run a blender, dishwasher, washing machine and electric water heater all at the same time, just as it can happen when your AC clicks on. Such surges can become problematic and should be fixed by modifying the service panel, if necessary.
  • Not enough power: Another cause of a frequently tripped circuit breaker is simply that you do not have sufficient power. Air conditioners tend to require more power than your average home appliance, and if you find that your circuit breaker trips constantly when your AC turns on, then you may have to do something about the service panel itself. Speak to an HVAC technician about your issue.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for air conditioning repair service in Springfield, PA.

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Why Your Central Air Conditioning System Smells Bad

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Have you noticed a strange odor coming from your home’s air conditioning system when you turn it on?  There are a couple different things that could be the cause of this issue and it likely means that you need repair for your air conditioning in Havertown, PA. Read below for a quick explanation of what causes this and then call us for air conditioning repairs.

  • Clogged condensate tray – Your air conditioning system produces condensation when the warm, moist air from your home passes over the cool evaporator coils. This is similar to when you take a cold glass outside on a hot day and water forms on the sides of the glass. When your AC is running that condensation should drip down into a collector pan. But if the pan gets clogged with dust or dirt it can start to clog and then mildew. As your AC pushes air through the evaporator coils the odor from the mildew can get pushed into your home.
  • Dirty coils – As we mentioned above, your air conditioning system pushes air over a series of evaporator coils. Sometimes the coils can get covered in dust, dirt or bacteria. When mixed with the moisture from condensation, these things can cause a foul odor in your home. Getting regular maintenance and cleaning the coils can help prevent this issue from happening.
  • Clogged air filter – Your air conditioning system has an air filter that is there to protect the moving parts from dust, dirt and other debris. But if the filter gets clogged it could cause an odor from the contaminants that it traps. During regular maintenance visits, your AC technician will make sure to change that filter so that any particles that it traps doesn’t smell up your home.

If your air conditioning in Havertown, PA, needs any kind of service, don’t hesitate to call the techs at Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc. 

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July will forever hold a very special place in the history of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is Independence Day an important day in our nation’s history, but for many people it is a day that is filled with memories from celebrations of years past. Fireworks, barbeques, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, patriotic music and ceremonies are all scattered through our memories as we’ve participated in annual parties, get-togethers, picnics and family gatherings throughout the years. John Adams, our 2nd president, was right when he said that our Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The 4th of July is truly a day to enjoy but also to remember and respect the sacrifice that many brave men and women made over 200 years ago to give us the freedom that we cherish today. However you celebrate Independence Day, make sure that you take a moment to remember what this day is really about.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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