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

Serious Air Conditioning Repair Problems

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Some air conditioning malfunctions do not require much work to fix; you will still need a repair technician to take care of these jobs, but the work will not take long and rarely requires using special parts for replacements. Basic thermostat wiring trouble, swapping out an old capacitor, lubricating motor parts… these are troubles that air conditioning repair professionals encounter all the time and can fix fast.

However, some serious problems can afflict your AC, especially if it’s an older model or if it hasn’t received regular maintenance. (Please, please, enroll in an annual maintenance program.) We’ll look at some of the larger repair troubles air conditioners can face, some of which may call for replacing the system instead of repairing it.

Make sure you place your trust in a company with many years of experience in air conditioning repair in Havertown, PA. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. promises you honest assessments and quality repair work.

Some of the B-I-G air conditioner repair problems

  • Burned-out compressor: The compressor is the core of an AC, the device that provides energy to the refrigerant and cycles it through the system. The compressor can suffer undue stress because of dirt contamination, refrigerant loss, overheating, changes in refrigerant pressure, overcharged refrigerant, and electrical issues. Wear on the internal parts is often the main reason for failure, however (and is something regular maintenance will help prevent). Loss of the compressor means total loss of cooling power. Replacing the compressor is often expensive, and for older ACs it may signal that it’s time to replace the unit.
  • Broken air handler: The air handler of an air conditioner moves air across the indoor coils to assist with evaporation and then to distribute the cooled air to the house. Broken air handler motors and damaged fans and coils can cause the air handler to fail entirely. In some cases, it’s better to replace the air handler with a new one, which is a large installation job.
  • Corrosion: Corrosion can come from chemical residue inside a home (this is known as formicary corrosion) or from moisture developing inside the system due to improper drainage. Corrosion will seriously impair the system, damaging coils and preventing effective heat exchange, and leading to refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks are often hard to detect at first, but they will lead to compressor damage and the development of ice along the coils, which can become a huge repair trouble if it continues for too long. Any sign of corrosion or leaking refrigerant requires calling for repairs as soon as possible.

For the air conditioning repair in Havertown, PA that will restore your system when big problems cripple it, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We will gladly address your air conditioning needs. 

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How Long Does Trenchless Pipe Replacement Take?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Trenchless pipe replacement is rapidly becoming the go-to answer for anyone experiencing sewer line problems. It’s fast, reliable, and doesn’t tear your yard up the way previous forms of pipe repair did.  Best of all, because it goes so comparatively quickly, it doesn’t cost nearly as much as other types of pipe repair. So how long does trenchless pipe replacement take? Frank speaking, the answers vary, but often it takes a day or less.

The secret lies in the title of the process. Before trenchless repair came along, you needed to dig up the entire pipe to get to the source of the problem. That usually involved industrial digging equipment and several days with of work.  On top of that, it turned your yard into a construction site.

Contrast that with trenchless pipe repair. The process starts by running a tiny video camera down the pipe on a line to determine the exact source of the problem. That removes the guesswork from the equation. The technician then needs to dig two small holes, and a hydraulic pump is used to pull a pipe liner or pipe–bursting tool and a new pipe through the damaged pipe. When he’s done either repairing or replacing the pipe, he simply refills the holes and turns the water back on. Your yard is left intact and your pipeline is repaired.

Again, the specific times depend on the job, as wells as the weather. (Even digging small holes is tough in the wintertime.) But generally speaking, most trenchless pipe replacement can be done in well under a weekend. (If it doesn’t, your technician should tell you how long it will take before you agree to any terms.) How long the pipe replacement takes is less important, however, than doing a good job the first time. Sewer line replacement isn’t something you want to “redo,” which is why you should contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to perform the operation for you. Call us today for trenchless pipe replacement in Wayne, PA!

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Trenchless “No Dig” Technology and Sewer Replacement

Monday, April 14th, 2014

One of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming plumbing repairs is fixing breaks along a sewer line. The sewer line that takes wastewater from a home and runs it underneath property to the municipal sewer system in the street usually lies deep underground; to repair it, professionals must make extensive excavations to reach the broken line and replace it with new piping, sometimes even needing to dig up parts of the sidewalk. Although inconvenient, these repairs are necessary to protect a home from sewage flooding and a loss of all drain lines.

However, digging large trenches to repair sewer lines is no longer the only option. Thanks to trenchless technology, the hassle of extensive and lengthy sewer repairs is no longer necessary. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to find out about how we can take care of your sewer line replacement in Springfield, PA with “no dig” technology.

Trenchless Pipe Replacement

“Trenchless” is also known a “no dig” technology, which is a succinct explanation of the advantage of this system of repair. To replace pipes no longer requires digging down to to where the pipes are located in their underground trenches. The old method, still in use in many places, is called “trenched” pipe replacement, and it tears a long pit about 1-2 feet wide across a yard from the street where the pipe enters the sewer main all the way to edge of the house. Everything above the water line needs to be torn out.

The amount of damage done to a yard is significantly reduced with “trenchless” pipe replacement. Instead of large-scale digging, the trenchless methods only requires excavating a small pit on your front yard near the termination point of your existing water line along the curb stop. A powerful hydraulic machine then inserts a cable that snakes down into the existing, damaged line. Pressure from the hydraulic machine exerts about 20 lbs. of pressure to break up or drag out the current line, while simultaneously pulling the new pipe down to replace it. The only intrusion onto your lawn is the small pit, which is easily cover over and re-landscaped. Work that used to take days and require digging wide trenches to reach a damaged sewer line now needs only a few hours and requires no more digging than the single hole near the street.

Is it Time for Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

Whenever you have mounting problems with your home’s sewer system, you should consider sewer replacement in Springfield, PA with “no dig” trenchless technology so you can avoid the delays and the damage of standard, “trenched” sewer line replacement. Contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to discuss your sewer line options with our trained and experienced plumbers. In one step, you can replace your old sewer line and have easier repairs in the future.

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Consider a New Water Heater with Your Bathroom Remodel

Monday, April 7th, 2014

When you have a bathroom remodel done for your home, either to enhance and brighten the room, or because you want to swap out old and worn fixtures, there are a number of other options you can consider to include in the work. Many homeowners who live in older houses take the opportunity to have old, deteriorating pipes replaced with newer plastic pipes. Others install upgrades like whirlpool tubs.

There’s one upgrade people don’t often consider: upgrading the water heater. The bathroom is the place where you will find hot water the most crucial, since it’s important for your comfort and hygiene. If you have an older water heater (over 12 years for most models), you should think about having plumbers install a new one during the remodel.

Our staff at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. specializes in bathroom remodeling and water heater installation. For all your needs for plumbing in Havertown, PA, trust to our 37 years of experience.

Why a new water heater?

The first reason to opt for a new water heater installation is because your current one is past its prime and shown signs of failing (inconsistent heat, running out of hot water quickly, discolored water). With plumbers at work on your hot water pipes already, it’s not difficult for them to take on water heater replacement as well.

The other reason for a replacement is you can take advantage of the many new alternatives for your standard storage water heater. If it’s been over a decade since you current heater was installed, you now have much higher efficiency models available.

  • Tankless: The tankless type of water heater has excellent energy efficiency, since it only heats up water as you need it, instead of keeping it in a tank at constant temperature. Another major advantage is that tankless systems do not run out of hot water: they supply it “on demand,” so there’s never down-time for a tank to heat up more water.
  • Solar: Have you considered making some upgrades in your home to solar, but found the prospect too daunting? Having a solar water heater installed is a great “entry level” way of going solar, since the installation is simpler and the solar cells required take up a small amount of space. Imagine having the energy needed to heat your water costing you nothing! The power from the Sun is 100% free. It’s renewable as well, so you’ll help the environment.

Turn your bathroom remodel into an even larger upgrade for your life with a new water heater. Even if you decide to remain with a storage water heater for your installation, you’ll have superior efficiency and many more years of easy water heating.

Talk to out remodeling specialists today at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., and we’ll find the ideal water heater for your Havertown, PA plumbing.

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Steps You Can Take for Safer Furnace Operation

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Some homeowners might be concerned about installing a gas furnace in their homes, but modern furnace contain safety mechanisms such as mercury sensors, fan load limit switches, and circuit breakers attached to shut-off valves to make sure your gas furnace always runs effectively.

Still, any system that uses natural gas can pose a potential concern. You can help make your furnace as safe as it can be with a few steps. Turn to experienced Havertown, PA heating technicians for the extra help to make your furnace as hazard-free as possible: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We have served Havertown for 37 years.

Steps for a safer furnace

  • Keep it maintained with yearly maintenance visits: This is the most important part of keeping a furnace working safely. The only truly dangerous type of furnace is one that hasn’t received regular maintenance. During the annual visit (usually done in the fall), a technician will see that the furnace’s components are working correctly and the safety mechanisms are all operating. You will find out about any repair needs so you can leap on them and make sure the furnace operates without any flaws.
  • Never attempt repairs on your own: If you sense something is wrong with your furnace, do not open up the cabinet and attempt to tinker with its components. This is potentially dangerous. Not only do you risk carbon monoxide exposure and possible explosions, but you might misadjust something in the furnace that will cause it to work unsafely. Leave all repairs to trained professionals.
  • Call for repair work as soon as you can: Instead of trying to troubleshoot the furnace on your own, go right to the phone and call for expert repair technicians to come look at the trouble. (It’s also a good idea to shut off the gas to the furnace as a precaution.) Many furnace repairs will not pose any immediate danger, but they can worsen to a point where the system can turn dangerous. Other issues, just as cracks in a heat exchanger, can be hazardous. You don’t want to take any risks, so whenever you think your furnace has a malfunction, don’t hesitate to call for repairs. (Even if a repair isn’t a danger, you still should have it fixed so your system doesn’t break down or drain extra power.)

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. provides services for all types of heating systems in Havertown, PA. Make us your first call for maintenance and repairs!

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