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

It’s the Season to Find Out If You Need a New Heater

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

autumn-backgroundIt’s already the second half of October, and Halloween decorations are all around. But as you enjoy the spooky fall festivities, it’s important to remember that winter is just around the corner. We don’t mean that you need to start pulling down those boxes of Christmas decorations just yet—you still have to get through Thanksgiving first!—but you should give some thought to whether you need a new heating installation this fall. If your current furnace or other residential heating system is near to the close of its useful service life, now is when you want the system replaced. You don’t want to rush to have it completed after the chill Pennsylvania winter has arrived!

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When Is the Right Time for Heating Maintenance?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

When it comes to maintaining your heating system, most people don’t think of scheduling maintenance in the middle of winter. But if your system hasn’t been maintained in twelve months or more, any time is the right time to schedule a heating maintenance appointment in Drexel. While most people like to schedule maintenance for their heaters in the fall, the bigger priority is to schedule the appointment, not wait for the perfect time of year to do it. The experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., are available for maintenance, repairs and even replacement, so if it’s been a while since we’ve seen your heating system, call us today.

Why Is Maintenance Important?

Your heater works really hard all winter to provide your home with heat, and then it sits for several months and accumulates dirt and dust. Then, it turns back on again and has to work with last year’s wear and tear and this year’s dirt and dust: it’s not a good combination for your or your heater. During a maintenance appointment, one of the main tasks is to thoroughly inspect your system for wear and tear. If any is found, like frayed wiring or a worn fan belt, these things are repaired. Dust and dirt can make operation of components difficult, so another important task performed during a maintenance appointment is cleaning. Performance and safety tests are run to ensure the system is operating at the efficiency level it should be and that it does so safely. Other benefits include:

  • Better energy efficiency – a system that is clean, adjusted and properly lubricated is one that runs well and can achieve the energy efficiency it’s supposed to.
  • Better comfort – there’s no worry that your heater can’t reach your set temperature because it has gotten a full tune-up and is ready to go.
  • Lubrication – depending on your heating system there may be multiple moving parts that need lubrication in order to work correctly; during maintenance, all parts that need lubrication are serviced.
  • Prevents repair – the thorough inspection your system receives allows the technician to detect any developing or existing problems, which helps get you ahead of repair problems.

Fall is a great time to schedule repair, but maintenance is an ongoing thing.

If your heating system in Drexel hasn’t had maintenance yet this season, contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today.

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When to Call for Emergency Heating Repair

Monday, February 17th, 2014

No winter for the last few years has made it more clear how important it is to have an effective and dependable heating system keeping your home warm. With proper maintenance on your heater, you should have an easy time making it through to spring without experiencing major malfunctions or a breakdown.

But there’s no way to make any furnace, boiler, or heat pump 100% flawless. At times, you will need to call for heating repair in Havertown, PA. And sometimes, you will need to call for emergency heating repair. We’ll help you tell distinguish the latter, those times when you need to get on the phone no matter the time of day.

Whatever kind of repairs you need for your heater, you can trust to the technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to do the job.

When to call for repair immediately:

  • Your heating system will not turn on: The alarms in your head will go off when the heater doesn’t turn on. Although it’s possible that a small issue has caused the problem, such as a failed electrical ignition, it could also be a full system breakdown. Don’t wait for the heater to somehow heal itself and hope it will come on in an hour—it won’t. Call for professionals.
  • You hear loud, unpleasant sounds from the heater: Unusual noises are a natural early-warning system for heaters. If you hear grinding, groaning, screeching, clicking, or any other out-of-the-ordinary “-ing” noise from your heater, you need to have technicians look at it. This is especially important for gas-powered heaters, since there might be a gas leak.
  • The circuit breakers trip whenever the heater is running: If your heating system occasionally trips a circuit breaker, it’s usually a minor problem. But if it happens every time the heater is operating, then there is probably a major electrical fault. This needs to be addressed quickly because it could become a fire hazard.

When you need emergency heating repair in Havertown, PA, you shouldn’t rely on any contractor who advertises 24-hour emergency service. You need a contractor with training, experience, and a history of reliability. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., where we’ve maintained a reputation as leaders in home comfort for over 30 years. Our NATE-certified technicians will restore your heater as quickly as possible.

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Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Receives 2012 Super Service Award!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Super Service Award | Havertown PA | Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating and CoolingThe team at Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is very proud to be the recipient of the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award! The award is meant to recognize excellence in the service industries and at Wm. Henderson we work very hard to uphold that.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high.”

Throughout Delaware County, PA we provide top quality plumbing, heating and air conditioning services. Located in Broomall, PA the team at Wm. Henderson works hard to provide the best plumbing and HVAC services to our customers possible. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!

At this point, I feel a part of the Henderson family: aside from the basic maintenance contract I have with them for plumbing, heating, and airconditioning, I have now renovated two bathrooms and a powder room with them – major renovations. They do first-rate work, have an excellent fixture company they work with, and also a first-rate tile and floor specialist. They are also friendly, gracious and a pleasure to deal with, including their helpful office staff.”

– Judith S.

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Should You Replace Your Furnace Today?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Furnace Replacement | Broomall | Wm. Henerson

Are you aware of the new regional standards for the installation location of heating and cooling equipment? In northern states, high-efficiency furnaces are required after May 1, 2013. Call Wm. Henderson today to find out if you furnace needs to be replaced and what your options are.

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Did You Get a New Heating System in 2011? You Might Get a Tax Rebate

Monday, February 20th, 2012

It’s the beginning of the year and that means tax season. If you were one of the many homeowners who chose to invest in their home, then chances are you will do well this tax season, especially if you had a major heating system replacement. If you did install a new heating system, not only will you save money on your future heating bills, but you may be eligible for a tax rebate from the federal government.

On Dec 31, 2011, the federal tax credit expired, but many heating products that you purchased for your home in 2011 are still eligible. One thing to note is that the $500 credit is for your lifetime. This means that any heating system related product that you purchased from 2006 through 2010 count towards this lifetime credit. So, if you spent $200 in 2008 and another $300 in 2011 you would have maxed out your credit after claiming the $300 on your 2011 taxes.

There are a number of appliances and heating equipment that will earn you a credit and the official IRS website contains a detailed list, but some items include:

  • Any water boiler system that uses oil, propane or natural gas fuel.
  • High efficiency fans that circulate air within heating ducts.
  • Any type of heat pump that moves air throughout the home to increase efficiency.

In order to claim your credit you will have to file IRS form 5695 in addition to your regular tax forms.

Remember that Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating not only has 35 years of experience in heating services, but we also have 35 years of experience saving you money. If you have any questions about potential tax credits related to newly installed heating systems give us a call and let us help you get back what you can this tax season.

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Heating Maintenance Means Peace of Mind

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Peace of mind. It’s something that homeowners rely on to get to sleep at night, but not something that comes easily. With so many systems and appliances in our home, it seems like there is always something that is broken or just about to break. This is why seasonal maintenance from a qualified heating repair company is a good idea not only for your heating system, but your own well-being.

It doesn’t matter what type of system you have to heat your home. Maintenance is important to ensure that it functions properly and delivers heat to your home in the most efficient manner possible. A well trained plumbing and heating technician can spend a short time in your home and determine the condition of your heating system. In many cases, these short visits often result in small fixes that prevent greater damage down the road. Additionally, periodic maintenance allows a professional to suggest improvements to your system that will lower heating bills and save you money. A professional will also perform a CO test to ensure the safe operation of your heating system.

Heating systems that go years on end without any maintenance begin to lose efficiency and may even become a safety hazard. A gas furnace with no maintenance and an old filter clogged with years of dirt not only heats inefficiently, it could cause fumes to enter your home that are hazardous to your health. An old boiler without a yearly inspection may develop a leak that, over years of neglect, causes mold and structural damage. Animals that nest in exhaust vents block the flow of air your worn-out heating system slowly, but permanently.

Contacting a reliable heating repair company in PA to perform seasonal maintenance on your system is important to preserving the longevity of your home and ultimately gives you peace of mind. If you find yourself wondering about your own system, let Wm. Henderson Heating come and give you a reason to sleep well all night long.

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Why it is Important to Perform a Winter Check-Up of Your Heating System

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Imagine your home is in a snowstorm. The air inside of your home is freezing: time to get your heater going. However, when you turn your heating system on and hear nothing. Suddenly, you realize that your heating system is broken. You need immediate heating repair, because the air is getting colder and the snow keeps falling.

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