Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for January, 2018

Why Is There Smoke Coming from My Heat Pump?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

frost-pattern-on-windowHeat pumps are becoming more common in our area as homeowners discover their advantages. Heat pumps provide two-in-one comfort, with powerful cooling for the summers and energy-efficient heating for the winters. Homes without natural gas connections that can’t use gas furnaces for heat benefit from the cost-saving operation of a heat pump. Compared to the cost of running an electric furnace, a heat pump is a huge annual money-saver.

Even though heat pumps operate similarly to air conditioners (we’ll talk more about this below), there are some important differences. If this is your first winter with a heat pump, you may be in for a few surprises when it runs–like seeing smoke coming off the outdoor unit.

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Spot Leaks Before Calling a Plumber: Some Tips

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

leaking-p-trapHidden leaks inside household plumbing are a huge source of water waste across the country. According to the U.S. government’s WaterSense program, household leaks can account for a loss of one trillion gallons annually. That’s equal to the water use in 11 million homes! On the smaller level, an individual homeowner can end up paying hundreds more for water use over a year from undiscovered leaks—and that’s before considering the building damage these leaks can do.

But here’s the problem with hidden leaks, and it’s right in the name: they’re hidden. How can you know to look for leaks in the first place? You’ll need to call a plumber in West Chester, PA to do the actual leak detection and plumbing repair necessary to fix the problem, but we have some advice for figuring out that it’s happening and where it’s happening. With a little detective work, you’ll know when your plumbing is in trouble.

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How to Prevent Hair Clogs in Bathroom Drains

Monday, January 15th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugThere are many different causes of bathroom sinks or shower drains becoming clogged. Probably the biggest one is hair clogs. Hair that goes down a drain can easily become caught in the P-trap, the curved pipe section located right under the drain. Once hair is caught, it starts to snare more hair that comes down the drain. It won’t take long for a tangled blockage to stop up the pipe—and it can be hard to clear out using a plunger or even a hand-cranked drain snake. (And don’t even think about using chemical drain cleaners, which not only won’t work but might damage the drainpipe.)

The solution to a hair clog in the bathroom is to call for a professional plumber in Havertown, PA. You can count on our professional plumbers to solve the trouble fast with our drain cleaning techniques. However, we’d like to help you stop the problem from starting in the first place. Here’s what you can do to avoid hair clogs in the drains:

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How to Spot Signs You Need Heater Repair

Monday, January 1st, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianHow would you like your heater to tell you that it needs repairs? It’d be great if the heater could just send you a text message, or maybe put a display on the thermostat: “Just wanted you to know my blower fan motor is about to burn out. Would you like to call and arrange for a repair service to fix it?” That would make everything easy.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet have furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and other types of heaters with this kind of smart-tech. Maybe in the future, but for right now, you’ll have to be alert to signs you have a malfunctioning heater.

Calling for repairs is already easy, even without a computerized heating system: just contact us for heater repair in West Chester, PA and we’ll see that the problem is fixed fast and fixed right.

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