Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for January, 2014

What Trenchless Technology Is and How It Benefits You

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The standard way that the sewage system in a home works is that the wastewater drainage pipes lead to one central sewer line. This line runs underneath the front lawn of a house and to the main sewer line in the center of the street. Although sewers lines are built of durable material, they are still susceptible to breaks, damage, root infiltration, and (if made from steel) corrosion. Repairs and sewer line replacement can require extensive digging.

This is why trenchless pipe replacement is such an exciting development. It removes the need for time-consuming and disruptive digging that rips up landscaping and sometimes even sidewalks and driveways. To find out more about trenchless technology and how it makes sewer repair in Springfield, PA easier and less expensive, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. and talk to our experienced plumbers.

How Trenchless Technology Works

Trenchless sewer lines are a non-invasive method of installing (and repairing) pipes. Instead of digging an open trench and laying the lines deep under your property, your plumber only needs to dig small holes at the beginning and end of the pipe.

So how do repairs work without the need to dig? A hydraulic pump at one end of the pipe needing repairs pulls in a new pipe-liner or a pipe-bursting attachment from the other end. The liner enters the damaged pipe and seals it. For more extensive replaces, the pipe-burster shatters the older pipe and the new one is pulled in.

Aside from providing little disruption to your property, trenchless technology takes much less time to do, which means it costs less in labor. It’s also much easier for plumbers to diagnose problems with trenchless sewer lines because they can quickly access the pipes’ interior with video inspection equipment.

Talk to Our Trenchless Experts Today

Trenchless technology is now widespread throughout the plumbing and construction industry, helping not only home owners but also commercial and public buildings. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to talk to one of our experts in trenchless sewer repair in Springfield, PA to see how to put these advances to work for you.

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What Could Go Wrong with Your Heater This Winter

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

No matter the type of heating system you have in your home, no matter how well you have maintained it, there is always a possibility during a heavy Pennsylvania winter that something could go wrong and leave you with a weakened or even broken system.

We’ll go over some of the potential problems you could face with a malfunctioning heater this winter. If you encounter any of these issues, you need to call for repairs right away. The longer you wait, the more likely the problem will worsen and lead to a very uncomfortable heating breakdown.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is now celebrating our 37th year in business helping people with heating repair in Springfield, PA. Don’t trust amateurs with restoring your heat; look to licensed and experienced professionals like the people on our staff.

Common winter problems with heaters

  • Failed pilot light: If you have a gas-powered boiler or furnace, the pilot light is crucial to make sure the gas jets turn on to start the heating cycle. (Some modern systems use an electrical ignition, which is also capable of failing.) If the pilot light goes out, the heat will not come on. Pilot lights can sometimes go out from something as simple as a draft, and you can relight them. However, the reason might be more serious: dirt along the burner unit, low gas pressure, or a break in the gas line. These are potentially a serious problems, and you shouldn’t try to repair them yourself because of the danger of gas leaks. Call on experts to diagnose and fix the trouble.
  • Clogged air filter: For furnaces and heat pump that use ductwork, an air filter does the important job of protecting the internal components of the cabinet from dust and debris—both of which can cause motors to wear down and inflict damage on moving parts. You might need to change the air filter as often as once a month during the main heating season, otherwise the filter will become so clogged that it will start to fail at its job of protecting the heater and cut off airflow. Your technician can help you determine what filter schedule will work best for your home.
  • Venting troubles: Natural-gas powered heaters need to remove exhaust gases from the system once they have done their job. An exhaust flue removes the fumes up to the roof and releases them. If the flue becomes blocked or congested, it can lead to serious problems—and this is especially common during winter. A repair technician can usually solve this.

Whatever heating you have, don’t try to handle major repairs on your own. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for quality heating repair in Springfield, PA.

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Ways to Get Increased Energy Efficiency from Your Heating

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Winter is now in full bloom in Pennsylvania, with ice, snow, and sub-freezing temperatures. Fortunately, you have an effective heating system in your home keeping you and your family warm. Unfortunately, running a heater can sometimes get expensive. There are ways to reduce your bills, however, by taking steps to increase your heater’s efficient use of energy.

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. we always make our customers’ comfort our #1 priority. But we also know that you want to save money on your heating, so we’ve put together a few tips that will help you get the most efficient energy use from your heating in Springfield, PA.

Methods to increase your heater’s energy efficiency

  • Maintain an even, steady temperature: You don’t want a heater to overwork, especially if it doesn’t even provide you the best temperature when it does so. It’s a common mistake for homeowners to set their thermostat to the highest level possible (on gas furnaces, this can be as high as 90°F) in order to heat up their home faster. But this isn’t how thermostats work, and this will only make the heater work longer in order to reach a temperature you won’t find comfortable anyway. Instead, locate a cozy lower temperature—maybe even throw on an extra layer of clothing—to reduce the strain on your heater.
  • Have repairs done immediately: It’s tempting to let a “small” repair need on a heater go rather than arrange to have it repaired. But that apparently small problem is likely forcing your heater to work harder and less efficiently—and it will spread to other components as well because of the strain. If you think something is malfunctioning in the heating system, call for repairs right away.
  • Replace the air filter regularly: If you use a forced-air system (furnace, heat pump), you need to change the air filter once a month during the winter. If the air filter becomes too clogged, it will cut off air flow and make your heater work harder than it should.
  • Schedule regular maintenance: Any heating system requires an annual check-up and tune-up from an HVAC technician to make sure it is running its best. Preventive maintenance will make necessary adjustments, replacements, and cleaning to keep the heater efficient. Maintenance will also catch potential problems and repair them before they can interfere with the heater’s operation.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has been in business since 1977, and over that time we’ve earned the trust of many customers with our quality heating and cooling services. If you want help getting the most efficient heating in Springfield, PA, make us your first call.

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3 Common Boiler Repairs

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Did you know that because boilers have few moving parts, they require less repair work than most other heating systems? This is one of the secrets to their longevity, and a reason they remain so popular with homeowners.

But, of course, no heating system can ever be 100% repair-free. Boilers can have their own specific problems that need to be addressed, especially if they go without regular maintenance.

We’ll go over three of the most common boiler repairs that can crop up during a system’s lifetime. If you need these heating repairs in Springfield, PA for your boiler, call up Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We’ve serviced boilers since 1977.

Common boiler repairs

  1. Sealing leaks: Leaks can become a problem for any hydronic system. Leaks waste water and can cause damage to building material. Leaks in boilers can occur because of high water pressure, loose connections, or corrosion across the pipes or the tank. It’s important to have professionals look into leaks, because they not only need to seal the leaks, they need to discover the cause of the leaking and fix that as well.
  2. De-scaling the tank: Limescale deposits can begin to build up inside a boiler tank because of high mineral content in the water. As the scale begins to spread through the tank, it will unbalance the temperature of the water. (Scale serves as an insulator, so less heat will escape the tank, leading to overheating.) Professionals must remove the scale to return the tank balance to normal.
  3. Cleaning the burner: Most boilers are gas-powered, and the gas jets that heat the water ignite along a burner beneath the tank. If the burner begins to develop grime and dust along its surface, it will block oxygen from the jets and they will struggle to ignite. A technician will have to remove the burner and clean it so the jets can turn on and continue to heat the water.

Call in professionals

No matter how durable you think your boiler is, when issues such as leaks, high water pressure, and failing gas jets start, you need to have repairs done as soon as possible before your boiler stops working entirely. Professionals can take care of these repairs quickly and accurately.

To help prevent future repairs, make sure to enroll in a preventive maintenance program. A technician will provide your boiler with a yearly check-up to make sure it is in good condition, free from corrosion, excess tank sediment, loose connections, or anything else that might impair its performance.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is here for any heating repair in Springfield, PA that you need to enjoy a pleasant, cozy winter in your home.

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How Ductless Split Systems Heat Your Home

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Although most people are familiar with heating systems that don’t use ducts, these are usually hydronic systems like radiant floor heating, which circulate hot water to various places in a home and raise the temperature of objects.

However, ductless split systems operate using forced air… the same way that furnaces and heat pump provide warmth to the inside of a home. However, furnaces and heat pump use ducts to circulate their warmed air. As the name implies, ductless split system have no ductwork. So where does the air come from and how does it heat a home?

We’ll address this question. If you’re intrigued and are thinking about having a ductless split system installed for your heating in Havertown, PA, contact the specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. and take advantage of our more than 36 years of experience.

How ductless splits work

In most ways, a ductless split system works the same as a standard heat pump: indoor and outdoor units (hence the “split”) contain the condensing and evaporating coils that allow for the exchange of heat. The outdoor unit absorbs heat, and the indoor unit releases it, where fans blow the heated air into the rooms.

The big difference with a ductless system is there are multiple indoor units. Instead of a single indoor unit acting as the condenser (and evaporator during cooling mode), there a multiple smaller blower units that contain coils where the heat is released. Separate refrigerant lines run from the outdoor unit to these individual blower units, which are mounted on the wall in different places in the house.

Ductless splits have two distinct advantages. First, they save space because they do not require the construction of ducts. Second, they allow a homeowner to control what parts of the house receive heating. Rooms that are not being used can have their blower unit turned down. This can result in significant heating savings.

Should you have a ductless split installed?

Although we think that ductless splits systems are a great way of heating a home (and cooling them as well, since heat pumps work as both heaters and air conditioners), they won’t work for every house. They are most appropriate for new construction where you want to bypass ductwork. Before you make a choice about how to get the best heating in Havertown, PA, call up specialists. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is ready to help you with heating installation of all kinds.

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