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

Video Camera Technology and Drain Repair

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The equipment that plumbers use to clear drains and other repair jobs has come a long way. Professionals still use tried-and-true tools like plungers and wrenches, but technological advances have put power into their hands that allows them to perform jobs faster and better than ever before. One of the greatest advances now in regular use is the video camera inspection equipment, which has made drain repair work much easier and more effective.

Remember that equipment, no matter how advanced, is still only as good as the person who uses it. When you need drain repair in Wynnewood, PA, call up the most experienced team of plumbers you can find. You will be in skilled hands with Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., where we have almost four decades of work with plumbing, heating, and cooling. We have top-level equipment and the people who know how to put it to work for you.

Video camera technology: how it benefits work on drains

The standard video inspection kit consists of a long, flexible fiber optic cable on which a miniaturized video camera and powerful LED light are mounted. Plumbers feed the camera end down into a drain (or other plumbing access point) and send it down into the pipes. The other end of the cable attaches to a monitoring system that allows the plumbers to see in real-time what the camera is observing. The cable is usually long enough to reach all the way from a drain through the full sewer line out to the street: there’s almost no area of the drainage system the plumbers cannot access using the video camera.

The plumbers use the information sent from the video camera for a variety of purposes. If they are seeking for a hidden leak, the camera will show them not only the exact location of the leak, but also its size and what may have caused it. This makes it simple for the plumbers to access the leak with the least amount of disruption to your home’s building material or landscaping possible, and then to fix the leak quickly.

Another way the plumbers can use the video camera’s information is to diagnose drain clogging issues and problems from deposits along the inside of the pipes. Plumbers can see if the pipes are suffering from a build-up of organic material, developing corrosion, or if hard water deposits are interfering with flow. The plumbers will then have a definite idea of the problems they need to address and how to go about fixing them.

Whatever trouble you are experiencing with your plumbing, you can count on the skill of the employees at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to handle it.

Call us, and we will bring the video camera equipment necessary to provide you with the best drain repair in Wynnewood, PA possible.

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The Steps of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It’s never too late in the summer season to arrange for regular annual maintenance for your air conditioner. If you didn’t schedule  regular maintenance in the spring or earlier in the summer, you can’t neglect it for a full year: the potential for repair problems and wasteful energy performance is too high. Call for air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA right away from a dependable HVAC company.

When you receive AC maintenance from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., you’ll have NATE-certified technicians with experience and the best training available working to see that your cooling system works at peak proficiency. Contact us today and schedule your end of summer maintenance visit. (It’s also an ideal time to arrange for heating maintenance before the cold weather arrives.)

What happens during air conditioning maintenance

Although no two maintenance sessions will go exactly the same, depending on what the technician discovers, there are a few basic steps that you can expect:

  • Thermostat check and calibration: Technicians often look over the thermostat first, to see if it is working correctly. They will recalibrate it if necessary.
  • Check refrigerant level: The refrigerant inside an AC should remain at the same level (“charge”). If technicians see the charge has dropped, they will know to look for leaks. They will also recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Check airflow: The technicians will measure the airflow from the vents to see if the air conditioner is producing the right level.
  • Inspect and adjust electrical connections: The most common type of repairs that ACs need are for electrical problems. Technicians will look over the electrical components and do any necessary tightening to see that the system is running its best.
  • Check motors: The motors should be dirt-free and have the proper level of lubrication so there’s no extra stress on them.
  • Clean the coils: To make sure that the evaporator and condenser coils can properly absorb and release heat, technicians will remove both coils and clean them.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: This will help prevent interference with the inside the condenser due to dust, dirt, and debris.
  • Check and clean condensate pan: The technicians will remove the condensate pan and clean it, and look to see that the condensate drain is clear.
  • Advice: Before leaving, the technician will give you any advice that will help you get the most from the air conditioner based on the maintenance session. You’ll know if you need any repairs and if the system still has a long lifespan ahead of it, as well as what you can do to receive the most efficient operation.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has 37 years of experience with air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA. Call our staff today to arrange for that all-important maintenance session.

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How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Cool a Home?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Ductless air conditioning has become a popular choice among homeowners, as it offers some benefits you may not get with a traditional split system. Ductless ACs can seem somewhat mysterious, as most air conditioning has traditionally been delivered via ductwork. The truth is that cooling your home with ductless air conditioning in Broomall is quite straightforward; in fact, the only major difference is how the cool air gets into your home. Here’s an explanation courtesy, of our Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., technicians about how a ductless AC system cools a home.

How a Ductless System Works

With a traditional split-system air conditioner, there are two main units: an outdoor one that holds the compressor, condenser and condenser coils, and an indoor one that houses the evaporator unit. With a ductless system, there is an outdoor condenser unit very similar to a traditional system, but instead of an indoor evaporator unit and ductwork, there are individual indoor blowers.

A ductless system uses refrigerant just like a ducted system does, and a conduit between an indoor blower and the outdoor unit holds the refrigerant line, in addition to a power line and a drainage line. Refrigerant works the same in a ductless system as a ducted one, except that it is delivered directly to the blower. Coils inside the blowers are chilled by the refrigerant, and a small fan inside the blower pulls the warm air from your room over the coils. The coils absorb the heat from the indoor air, which results in cool air rising from them; this cool air is then blown into your room.

An outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers, and blowers can be mounted flush against walls and hung from ceilings; they just need to be connected to the outdoor unit via an exterior wall.

Is a Ductless Air Conditioner for You?

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. we have helped customers with air conditioner installation since 1997, call us and schedule an appointment today.

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What Does SEER Mean?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

One of the key specifications you need to know to understand how an air conditioning system or heat pump works is SEER. This acronym is prominently displayed on the cabinet of ACs and heat pumps, and is connected to whether a particular unit qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Although it is helpful to know what SEER means and why it’s important for a cooling system’s performance, it is only one of a number of important specs. Whether you need installation, repairs, or maintenance for your air conditioning in Wayne, PA, only rely on professionals for the work… don’t attempt it yourself. For fast and thorough service, call on the company with 37 years of experience delivering comfort to homes: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

The meaning of SEER

The letters of SEER stand for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” It is a measure of how efficiently an air conditioning unit (or a heat pump in cooling mode) converts electrical power into cooling power. The higher the SEER number, the less electricity the system will use to provide cooling.

The ratio is determined by dividing the amount of cooling power a unit provides (measured in BTUs, British Thermal Units) divided by the energy consumed in watt-hours. This is not measured over a single test, but over a whole season, so a homeowner has a good idea of how much energy a system will use during a summer.

Air conditioners tend to fall in a range of 12–22 SEER. In order for a system to receive the ENERGY STAR label, it must have a SEER of at least 14.5. Special high-velocity systems can have SEER in the low 20s.

Heat pumps have a second efficiency rating to go along with SEER: “heating seasonal performance factor” or HSPF. This measures how efficienct the system is at heating, and is determined in the same way as SEER. In general, HSPF is lower than SEER for a given system.

The importance of SEER

The more efficient a system is at converting electrical power into cooling, the less the system will cost to run per year. However, this does not mean that you should choose the highest SEER system possible; higher SEER usually costs more upfront for installation, and SEER is not a guarantee of cooling quality, only efficiency. You need to balance SEER with other considerations to get the best all-around performance.

Also keep in mind that an AC that does not receive regular maintenance will begin to lose efficiency. A 20 SEER air conditioner will become a 15 SEER unit after only four years without maintenance. Make sure you take the best care of your air conditioner so that it lives up to its SEER.

For all the assistance you need for top performance from your air conditioning in Wayne, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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Some Important Commercial Plumbing Services

Monday, August 4th, 2014

If your business uses water in any capacity, whether for a restroom or as part of a food service company, the quality of the plumbing is crucial for safe and effective daily operations. It is especially important for you to keep up with professional plumbing services if you operate a kitchen or restaurant, since you can face problems with health codes because of water line and drainage issues.

Keeping up to code is one of many reasons that you need to rely on professionals familiar with commercial plumbing in Ardmore, PA whenever you require plumbing work. For a contractor with experience you can trust, look to Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We are now in our 37th year of service to the community with high quality comfort, convenience, and savings.

The three important commercial plumbing services

  • Installation: If you are constructing a new company building, or if you have moved into a new building with insufficient plumbing for your needs, you will have to contact plumbers with commercial backgrounds to install new plumbing. You can also call for installation service during remodeling, or for important business upgrades. One of the best ideas for upgrading a building’s plumbing is with low-flow fixtures, or replacing older steel pipes with copper and plastic ones. You will also need to rely on plumbing installation to replace old water and sewer lines, which are essential for keeping your business up to code.
  • Repairs: The daily routines at your work will place a great deal of stress on the plumbing system, and sooner or later you will need to call for repairs to fix a pipe leak, a clogged sink, or a sudden drop in water pressure. Commercial plumbing is complicated, and it requires experts to deduce the cause of problems and fix them. Highly skilled plumbers will not only make the correct repairs, but they will assist with helping to prevent them from re-occurring.
  • Maintenance: The best way to avoid requiring repair service in the first place is to schedule regular maintenance for your commercial plumbing. These visits can consist of thorough drain cleaning to prevent clogs, checks on the integrity of piping to see if there is hidden leaking, and a water heater tune-up. Call a commercial plumbing service to schedule a maintenance session and to learn how frequently your business should have maintenance in the future.

Take your company’s plumbing seriously

Don’t expect the running water and plumbing fixtures in your business will always work when you need them to, and keep in mind how important it is that plumbing remains in good shape.

Call for professionals who handle commercial plumbing in Ardmore, PA, like those at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., to take care of your plumbing: installations, repairs, maintenance.

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