Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2015

Causes of Air Conditioning Short Cycling

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Air conditioning repair contractors must sometimes contend with short cycling: the tendency of a system to turn on and off rapidly throughout the day. Ideally, your air conditioner should run for at least 15 minutes at a stretch before turning off, and obviously it should never turn off before the house is adequately cooled. Otherwise it’s short cycling. That’s a problem because air conditioners use much more energy starting up and turning off than they do when they’re simply running, which not only raises your monthly energy bills, but puts undue strain on the other units in your system: increasing the chances of a serious repair in the future. The causes of air conditioning short cycling are varied, but can include the following:

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What Factors go Into Air Conditioning Sizing?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

When you buy a new air conditioner, you need to take careful stock of its size. And we don’t just mean its physical size (though obviously you need it to fit comfortably in the space allotted for it). The power output of your air conditioner needs to fit the needs of your space perfectly. If your new unit is underpowered, it will run and run all day without ever properly cooling your home. If it’s too powerful, it will engage in “short cycling”: cooling the air too rapidly and shutting on and off numerous times throughout the day. (Air conditioners use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do simply running, which means that short cycling can lead to higher energy bills and increased risk of repair.

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What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There’s an old joke that we have two seasons here in Havertown and Springfield, PA: winter and road repair. You could expand that last part to include “sewer line repair” as well. The cold weather and frozen ground make sewer line repair extremely difficult in the winter, and since our cold season is so long, there is a limited window of opportunity to fix problems with your sewer line. Doing so in the summer can save you a lot of hassle and expense, as can relying on trenchless sewer repair rather than more traditional methods. What are the benefits of trenchless sewer repair? The answers to that question are both simple and powerful.

Faster

Trenchless sewer repair works by drilling two holes on either side of the affected pipeline, then sending down and fitting a replacement line in place through those holes. Because we don’t have to excavate the entire sewer line, the job can be done much more quickly – usually in just a day or two – which makes a huge difference if you’re waiting to get your toilet or showers up and running again.

Less Expensive

Because trenchless repair doesn’t involve heavy equipment or additional personnel, and because it happens much more quickly than trenched repair, it tends to cost a lot less than it would with more old-fashioned methods. Furthermore, it doesn’t tear up your yard the way a more complicated technique would, saving you from expensive replanting and landscaping costs. And that savings comes without any loss of quality with the repairs themselves: your sewer line will be just as reliable as it was when it was first put in.

The warm temperatures of summer make trenchless sewer repair even easier, so if you feel the time has come to fix a faulty sewer line, call the experts at Wm Henderson Inc. to schedule a consultation today!

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3 Tips to Lower Your Cooling Bills

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Summer is on its way, and with it comes the high temperatures and stifling humidity that residents of Havertown and Springfield, PA have come to expect. Your air conditioning system can keep you cool during those heat waves, and most of us have gotten used to paying higher bills in the summer to fight back the hot weather. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you can’t save a little on those monthly bills by helping your air conditioner run more efficiently. Here are 3 tips to lower your cooling bills.

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Why Is There Water in My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

In Havertown and Springfield, PA, our summers come in the hot and humid variety. That makes reliable air conditioning systems an absolute necessity, and the last thing you want is to have a breakdown on the hottest day of the year. You can help prevent potential problems by noticing out-of-the-ordinary details. For example, you might notice water around your system: puddles or condensate in spots that should be dry. “Why is there water in my air conditioning system?” you ask. It usually signals one of two problems:

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