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

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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Why Is My Furnace Constantly Stopping and Starting?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

question-mark-badgeIf you’ve had your furnace for at least one winter season, you know what noises to expect from it. And you know when to expect them. A furnace has a heating cycle it goes through as it reaches the temperature set on the thermostat and then shuts itself off again until it’s needed once more. The cycle isn’t a brief start-and-stop process: when your home’s furnace comes on, you can expect it to stay running for more than fifteen minutes.

If you have a furnace that’s turning on and off a multiple times an hour, it’s going through something called short-cycling. If you’re not concerned about it, you should be—short-cycling puts immense strain on a furnace’s components, leading to it rapidly wear down. It will also raise your heating bills.

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Let’s Help You Cut Down on Those High Heating Bills

Monday, February 12th, 2018

piggy-bank-savingsWe’re halfway through the winter, and those cold temperatures have no intention of letting up anytime soon. Your home heating system has a long way to go before you can shut it down for the season. If you’ve noticed that your heating bills are higher than normal, it’s time to do something about it—or you’ll be paying those higher bills for the next few months. (And there might be other troubles ahead aside from a spike in costs.)

There are steps you can take to lower heating bills, such as putting the thermostat down around 68°F during the day and putting on an extra layer of clothing. But if the rise in heating costs doesn’t seem normal, the issue may be with the heating system itself. Check first on the air filter (if you use a forced-air system like a furnace or heat pump), and change it for a fresh one if it’s clogged. If this doesn’t improve things, then we recommend giving us a call. There are a number of ways we can help you get your home heating costs back under control.

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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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