Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Broken Heater? What to Do Before Calling for Repairs

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

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?

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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Retrofit Ideas for a Bathroom Plumbing Remodel

November 19th, 2018

luxury-bathroom-remodelBathrooms aren’t necessarily the first rooms homeowners think of when looking to remodel some of their spaces. But the right bathroom remodel to retrofit older fixtures, surfaces, cabinets, and more has excellent benefits. It improves a home’s value, it makes the space easier to use and more cheerful, and can help with household members who have mobility issues.

When you start out on a bathroom plumbing remodel, you’ll want to work with an expert in plumbing construction and design. They’ll help you come up with the best idea for the retrofit. We’d like to give you a head start thinking about how you can make the best updates for your bathroom upgrade.

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

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

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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Make Sure Your Generator Is Ready for Winter!

October 8th, 2018

generator-residentialIf you have a whole-house generator as a power backup for your home, the time when you may need it the most is coming up soon—winter! With the extra strain placed on the power grid and the danger from storms, your house might suffer from an extended power outage this winter season. You want to make sure your backup generator can turn on and supply you with the electricity you need—otherwise, what good is it?

But please don’t just trust the generator will work. If you’ve already had your current backup generator for a few years, it’s important you take steps to make sure it’s in good shape. Should you find anything wrong, you can call us for generator repair and we’ll see the system is ready to take on any power loss. We’ll also replace an old generator that’s no longer reliable.

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Different Uses of Trenchless Technology in Plumbing

September 24th, 2018

Backhoe-bucket-with-pile-of-rocksIf you’re looking for plumbing services to handle working with the pipes outside your home—i.e. the sewer line and the water line—keep in mind that not all contractors have access to the same tools or training. When it comes to repairing and replacing pipes, many contractors still use standard digging methods to excavate the ground above the pipes. This is an effective technique, but it’s not an efficient one. Digging a trench to reach a pipe is time-consuming and labor-intensive. It’s also ugly, turning a pleasant yard and garden into something resembling an archaeological dig.

But you have a choice for contractors: you can call one who uses trenchless technology. This is a type of lateral boring that approaches buried pipes from the side. Only one or two small holes need to be dug to access the pipe.

Trenchless technology has several different uses in residential plumbing:

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As Summer Winds Down, Does Your AC Need Last-Minute Help?

September 11th, 2018

Scottish-terrierLate-summer doesn’t necessarily mean cooler weather. In fact, September often delivers some of the hottest days of the year—we had a few days peak in the 90s last week—and this warm weather often lingers through October. The AC keeping you cool still has some heavy work to do, and it may need some help from you at the last minute.

We recommend scheduling air conditioning repair as soon as you notice any troubles with your cooling system, no matter how late in the year. As long as you still require the air conditioner to provide comfort for your household, it’s important to react fast to any indications it isn’t working at its best.

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The Different Types of Plastic Pipes Plumbers Use

August 27th, 2018

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Indoor plumbing has been around for a long time, and the materials used for the pipes have gone through many changes. For decades, metal and ceramic were the most common pipe materials. Many homes today still have galvanized steel, clay, or even cast iron piping. Starting in the 1970s, copper replaced galvanized steel and is today the most common metal used in plumbing systems.

Plastic pipes, however, have an important part in plumbing. Plastic is easier to work with in general than copper. The first use of plastic pipes was in the 1930s, and with the 1960s they rose in popularity among plumbers thanks to advances in plastic manufacturing that made these pipes more useful in general.

There’s no single type of plastic used to manufacture pipes. For years, a gray plastic called polybutylene was common for plumbing systems, but it’s no longer used because it splits and creates leaks. If you have old polybutylene pipes in your house, we strongly recommend you arrange to have it replaced with a newer type of plastic. Here are the three types of plastic pipes that modern plumbers most commonly used today:

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