Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Was This the Last Winter for Your Furnace?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Furnace-standardWhen the cold days finally get behind us and the warm mid-year winter settles in is a good time to think about how your home furnace performed. If you encountered no major troubles from your furnace over the winter, your house stayed comfortable, and the utility bills were steady, you’ve probably got a furnace in good shape for next winter.

But if you’re reading this, it’s probably because something wasn’t right with the furnace, or you suspect it’s getting too old to be reliable. Replacing a dying furnace during the middle of the year is good planning, since you’ll have an easy time scheduling the service and won’t have to worry about staying warm while the work is being done. But how can you know for certain it’s time for a replacement? A new furnace is a major investment, and you don’t want to do it years before you have to.

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How a Boiler Can Make a Big Difference in Your Home

Monday, March 11th, 2019

condensing-gas-boilerAre you currently in a situation where you can switch from standard forced-air heating (such as using a furnace or heat pump) to using a boiler system? You may be moving into a new home that doesn’t have ducts already built in, or you are building your own house. In these situations, a boiler is not only a possibility, it may be the best choice to keep you warm winter after winter.

We’ll take a look at the way a boiler system can make a difference in a home—how it changes things from a forced-air heater.

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How Can You Tell You’ve Got a Heater That’s “Too Old?”

Monday, February 25th, 2019

furnace-oldWhen the winter ends (don’t worry everyone, we’re getting there…), you’ll have an opportunity to make upgrades to your heating system. If you think your heater wasn’t performing as well as you expected it to during the winter, one possible solution is to have a brand-new heating system installed. Does that sound too extreme? It’s not if you have a heater that’s too old.

But what’s too old? It’s a good question, and we’ll give some answers—although the best way to get an informed answer is to call for residential heating services from HVAC professionals.

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The Benefits of Using a Boiler for Home Heating

Monday, January 14th, 2019

boiler-residentialWhen it comes to debating what type of heating system to use for a new home, you have more options than you would if you were only replacing a current system. You can decide on a forced-air system using ductwork, or a radiant system that sends out heat by warming up objects in the room. The most common type of radiant system is a hydronic system, where water is heated in a boiler tank and then circulated through radiators and baseboard heaters in the various rooms.

Is a boiler on your list for a possible heating installation for your house? We think it should be—although you’ll always want to seek out quality heating services from professionals before you make a definite choice. Until then, here are some of the benefits of a boiler for you to consider.

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Broken Heater? What to Do Before Calling for Repairs

Monday, December 31st, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatOne of the worst house emergencies you might run into during the winter is when the central heating system stops working. Whether you use a furnace, boiler, or heat pump to keep your family warm through the winter, you may suddenly find that you aren’t getting any heat at all from it. What do you do?

If your first thought is to call for heater repair from HVAC professionals, you’re definitely on the right track. In cases where the heater has suffered a breakdown due to a malfunction, you only want professionals to service it. Trying to do the work yourself is likely to fail, and it can even be dangerous!

However, before you reach for the phone, it’s worth it to make a few checks to see if there is a simple explanation for the problem.

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Causes for Uneven Heating Around Your Home

Monday, December 17th, 2018

cold sweater manYou want your household heating system to provide enough warmth to raise the indoor temperature to a comfortable level. That’s just what a heating system is for!

But the amount of heat isn’t the whole story. Properly providing comfort to a home requires moving the heat around to the different rooms. If some rooms are getting too hot while others feel like freezers, it’s called uneven heating—and it’s not fun. Unfortunately, it’s a common trouble people encounter, and it often calls for professional HVAC services.

Below, we’re going to look into some of the reasons your house is experiencing uneven heating.

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When Should You Stop Repairing a Furnace and Replace It?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

old-rustic-furnaceOne of the big questions for furnace owners is when to stop calling for repairs for a home heating system and instead invest money in replacing it. We won’t pretend there’s an easy answer to this question—we certainly can’t make a broad generalization for all furnaces.

However, we can help shed some light on the question. When you need to make a solid decision about furnace replacement or furnace repair for your home, make an appointment with one of our skilled HVAC professionals. They’ll help you weigh the factors so you can make the choice that’s right for your needs.

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Still Haven’t Schedule Heating Maintenance? Here’s Why You Should

Monday, November 5th, 2018

service-blue-markerNovember already! The fall is flashing past quickly, and winter will be here before we know it. Your household will start relying more and more on its central heating system. Before your central heater becomes, well, central to your home life, make sure you’ve scheduled regular maintenance for it with our professionals.

If you’ve already gotten maintenance done, great. If you haven’t, don’t worry—it’s not too late. And if you feel on the fence about whether it’s really that important to have this job done every year, here are a few reasons you absolutely want an annual maintenance inspection and tune-up with our technicians:

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Don’t Neglect Late Season Furnace Repairs

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

working-on-heating-systemAre you ready to welcome spring and its warmer weather? We can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be! However, it’s still officially winter, and the weather is cold and rainy. If you have a furnace warming your home, it still has a bit more work to put in before it can go on its mid-year vacation (i.e. turn off).

It’s important during the end of winter to act fast whenever you notice a problem with your furnace’s performance. Yes, we know it’s tempting to shrug at a small issue like a drop in heating power or a strange sound from the furnace cabinet. “Oh well, the warm weather’s almost here and I won’t need the furnace. I’ll get to it in fall.”

Procrastinating about scheduling furnace repair or repair for any heating system is a bad idea! Here are some reasons why we recommend you call us ASAP when you believe you have a furnace in need of fixing.

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Why Is There Low Airflow from My Furnace?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

room-vent-grilThe end of winter doesn’t give a home’s furnace any relief. In fact, after all the work the furnace has done through the previous few months, it’s at a higher risk of a malfunction during this time of year. If you notice something wrong—like low airflow coming from the vents around the house—please take it seriously and call for furnace service from our trained and licensed technicians.

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