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

Considerations to Keep in Mind before Installing Commercial Air Conditioning

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A summer in Pennsylvania can be quite beautiful. But unless you have an effective air conditioning system for your business to keep your employees, customers, and/or clients comfortable, the summer won’t seem very beautiful for your budget. If you need to replace your old AC system, or if you have yet to install one, now is the time to take care of it before the serious summer heat descends on you.

To get started with installing commercial air conditioning in Broomall, PA, call up our specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

We have more than 37 years of experience with commercial and residential home comfort systems, and we will deliver our best work for you.

Keep these considerations in mind for commercial AC installation

  • Only hire commercial specialists: Although you likely know that you can’t rely on having your own staff or an amateur company handle putting in a new AC for your business, you also can’t rely on an HVAC service company that does only residential work. Although the cooling systems may seem superficially the same whether in a home or a business, there are many differences that go beyond their scope. You must give this job to qualified commercial installers; that is the only way to know that the job will be done right.
  • The new AC system must be sized correctly: How much air conditioning power does your business need? This is a difficult factor to determine, since the amount of space cooled down is usually much larger than a house, with different configurations, more heat-generating equipment, and far more people with specific needs. This is one of the places where you will be thankful for the assistance of skilled installers, who have a background in finding the right air conditioning system to cool down any large work space.
  • Consider a package system: Why only restrict yourself to quality air conditioning for the summer? You can have your needs for heating during the colder parts of the year taken care of at the same time. With a rooftop package unit—the most popular type of commercial comfort system—you will have effective heating and cooling put together in one system.

Make sure your business starts out the summer the right way: with professional HVAC installation. With professionals working on your commercial air conditioning in Broomall, PA, you will have maximum comfort with minimal energy waste, keeping your workers and customers pleased and your budget safe. Make Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. your first choice for all your commercial heating and cooling needs.

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3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Heat pumps combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one. In principle, they use the same system of cycling refrigerant that air conditioners do. The system generates warm air as well as cool air, but in traditional air conditioners, the warm air is usually vented outside of your home. Heat pumps are designed to blow that air into your home in the winter, allowing you to warm the house as well as cool it. But like any other appliance, heat pumps can sometimes run into problems. In matters of heat pump repair, Drexel Hill has a number of companies to turn to, but first the problem needs to be identified.

3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

  • Low refrigerant. Your heat pump requires a set amount of refrigerant to function as it should. When the refrigerant leaks, the pump’s cooling capacity is severely diminished and ice will form on the cooling coils (further hampering the system’s ability to function). A trained technician can seal the leak and recharge refrigerant levels to their set amounts.
  • Faulty condenser. The condenser motor affects the shift of the refrigerant to a liquid state, a key part of the air conditioning process. When the motor overloads or suffers from similar problems, the refrigerant won’t liquefy the way it should and the unit’s cooling power will be severely reduced.
  • Faulty fan motor. Heat pumps depend on fans to blow the cool air into your home. If the fan motor has trouble, the air flow will drop to nothing, which is just as problematic as an inability to generate cool air in the first place.

We have the skills and know how to treat the problem right the first time, every time, and we know how important it is to get your system up and running again in the heat of summer. Call us today or make an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!

For many common types of heat pump repair, or to schedule a session for heat pump repair, Drexel Hill residents can count on the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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Is Ductless Air Conditioning Right for Me?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The advent of ductless air conditioning – which has been in the commercial property market for some time – has opened a new door in the residential air conditioning market, enabling some people who have had limited air conditioning choices to install air conditioning into their properties. But like any other purchase you make for your home, it is best to review if a ductless air conditioner is a good choice for your home. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has executed the installation of a number of ductless air conditioning systems in Ardmore. To help you research whether or not one is right for you, our experts have put together a pros and cons list.

Pros of Installing a Ductless Air Conditioner

  • Energy Efficiency – ductless air conditioners need to have a minimum SEER number of 13 and go as high as 28. Also, because there is no ductwork needed for this type of air conditioner, there is no duct-related energy loss.


  • Very Quiet – ductless system indoor blowers are designed to make far less noise than a window unit or outdoor split system unit may make.


  • Flexible Placement – the indoor air blowers for a ductless system are quite small and compact, requiring minimal space and allowing for installation high on walls, hanging from ceilings or even free-standing.


  • Straightforward Installation – ductless air conditioners do not require serious construction work for installation; all that is required is a connection between the blower and the outdoor unit. To make this connection, a small hole – about 3 inches in diameter – is drilled into an exterior wall where the indoor blower and outdoor unit are connected by a conduit.


  • Zone Control – each indoor blower is programmable, allowing for individualized temperature setting and programming for each space. This kind of control can help with energy efficiency and comfort level, and help eliminate hot and cold spots that can develop with air conditioners that have a single temperature setting. Many ductless air conditioners come with a remote control with which to program the indoor blower, helping to make programming even easier.


  • Easily Expandable – if you expand your property and don’t want to extend your ductwork (or don’t have it), it can be quite easy to install another blower for air conditioning in the new space. Also, most outdoor units can accommodate up to 4 indoor blowers.

Cons of Installing a Ductless Air Conditioner

  • Installation Cost May Be Higher Than a Traditional Split System – a ductless air conditioner may cost more for installation, minus the charge of any needed ductwork.


  • Make Sure It’s the Right Size – as with a traditional split-system air conditioner, purchasing a ductless air conditioner that can’t cool enough or cools too much will not be cost-effective.

Still Not Sure?

An air conditioning system can be an important purchase for your home or property.

If you still have questions about ductless air conditioning installation, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating and speak to one of our Ardmore ductless air conditioning experts.

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Signs of a Breached Sewer Line Beneath Your Yard

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Among the troubles that can occur with your plumbing, one of the largest and most urgent to have repaired is a breach in the sewer line. This pipe takes the collected wastewater from all the drains in your house and transports it to the sewer main that runs down the center of the street and then to a municipal sewage treatment plant. The sewer main is the responsibility of the utility company, but the sewer line is yours as a homeowner. When breaks occur, it’s up to you to call for the professional plumbers who can repair it.

Although a sewer line is usually buried a few feet beneath your front yard, a breach will create a number of signs that will warn you to call for help. When you notice any of the following, call the Springfield, PA sewer repair specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Foul sewer odors from your yard

When the sewer pipe breaks and sewage begins to escape, noxious sewage gas will rise rapidly up through the soil and escape through your yard. If you encounter this unexpected odor, don’t wait for any other indications of trouble: call for a plumber.

Wet spots on the yard

If you notice small pools and damp spots on your yard that you cannot account for because of rain or sprinklers, it might be due to a sewage line break. These pools should have the same terrible sewer odor mentioned above, which will help tip you off as to what is happening.

Slow drains and clogs throughout the house

Damage to a sewer line will cause a backup of wastewater into your home’s plumbing. The first warnings of this will be clogs and slow drains that appear in drains around your home. Standard plunging won’t fix these problems. Call for repairs before the backflow climbs any farther up the pipes.

Dampness in the basement

As sewage backflow begins, it will enter the lowest parts of a home first: the basement or the foundations. If you notice water spots around the drains in your basement, call for plumbing assistance immediately.

Any problem with your home’s plumbing requires you to act fast to have repairs completed. But sewer line problems are particularly urgent to avoid damage to your lawn and your home, as well as the creation of unsanitary conditions.

For fast and effective sewer line repairs, make your first call to Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We’ve helped people in Springfield, PA with sewer repairs for 37 years.

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Air Conditioning Repair: Why Change the Air Filter?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A dirty air filter can lead to serious problems with your air conditioner. It may not sound like any type of emergency, but clogged air filters have the potential to impede the operation of your air conditioner in many different ways. Remain vigilant about changing your air filter if you want to avoid the need for air conditioning repair in Ardmore. Here is some information regarding the importance of this procedure from the AC repair technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

I Can’t Breathe!

If your air conditioning unit could yell something when it has a dirty air filter, it would be this. Why? Because a dirty air filter significantly constricts air flow throughout the system, which highly stresses the system. Your system’s components cannot run forever being overtaxed; eventually, they will break.

The Air is Dirty!

Your air conditioner doesn’t have to yell this because the people in your property will do it themselves. When the air filter is clogged, the air going through the system begins to bypass the filter, delivering whatever it has directly into your living space. This means that dirt, dust, allergens and all other airborne molecules have a fast track right into your home.

My Bill Went Up!

Having a clogged air filter means the system is working a lot harder to achieve your target temperature than it does when the filter is clean. In order to work harder, it needs to consume more energy – energy you have to pay for.

My Air Ducts Are Dirty!

Dirt and dust spread, and once the air filter is clogged, the air that bypasses the filter gets everywhere. Once this stuff settles in your vents, you have to do a thorough cleaning to get it out. And until you do, your system will continue to be overtaxed.

My System Overheated and Died!

Once airflow is restricted, the rest of your air conditioning system is strained, particularly on the motor. When the motor is overworked, it gets too hot and can burn out. Then your entire system may overheat and fail.

When to Change Your Air Filter

The rule of thumb is to check your air filter monthly and change it as needed, but there are a few factors to consider:

  • The type of air filter you use
  • The overall air quality in your property
  • If you have pets
  • The number of occupants
  • If anyone has allergies

Based on your particular situation, you may need to check your air filter bi-weekly, or every two months. You may also need to change it more during certain seasons than others.

We Are Here to Help

A lot depends on changing your air filter properly, so if you have questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to call your Ardmore air conditioning repair specialist at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Should you require air conditioning repair in Ardmore, you can count on the technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to do the job right.

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Options for Spring Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Summer is around the corner, and if you’ve been thinking about making sure the summer heat stays outside, there’s great news: there are some great air conditioning options to consider. But before you make any decision on the type of system you think would best fit your property, read below to see what types of systems are currently on the market. When you are ready to schedule your air conditioning installation in Springfield, Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is the company to call.

Split-System Central Air Conditioners

The most common system in residential properties, a split-system air conditioner is one where the cool air in the property is delivered through air ducts throughout the home. The components of the system are split into two units that contain different parts, with one unit that stays in the home and one outside. A split system will include:

  • Ducts
  • Thermostats
  • Evaporator
  • Compressor
  • Condenser

The parts that are kept outside are the compressor and condenser. The ducts, thermostats and evaporator are inside the property.

Ducted Package Air Conditioning Units

Package units are all-in-one systems, where the entire heating and cooling components are housed outside in one large cabinet-style unit. These units can be placed on the ground or on a rooftop and are available for both residential and commercial properties. There are 3 types of packaged units available on the market, all of which can provide both heating and cooling:

  • heat pumps units
  • electric strip heat units
  • gas and electric units

The benefits of packaged units are that they save space and are usually very energy efficient. Each unit runs a little differently from the other, so we recommend speaking with a Wm. Henderson expert before purchasing.

Ductless Split Air Conditioning Units

Ductless air conditioning units are a great option for those who do not have ducted properties or need to create efficiently zoned heating and cooling within their property.

The installation of a ductless system is much less invasive than that of a ducted system, and only requires that a small hole be drilled into an outside wall to connect the outdoor unit with the indoor components. A ductless split air conditioner uses small indoor units that can mounted flush to a wall or ceiling and an outdoor unit that contains the compressor, condenser and condenser fan. These are connected through the wall by a conduit containing refrigerant and power lines, giving you a lot of flexibility for placement. The outdoor unit can usually host 4 indoor units, and there are larger outdoor units that can host up to 8 indoor units.

Decisions, Decisions

There are a lot of great air conditioning products on the market today, but not all will be a fit for your particular property.

To schedule your air conditioning system consultation or a new air conditioning system installation in Springfield, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.






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