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Benefits of Spring AC Maintenance You May Not Have Thought Of

Monday, May 21st, 2018

woman-retro-pointingIs your home’s cooling system all set to handle the summer weather? You might think it is—but unless it has a spring visit from an HVAC technician to give it a complete inspection, cleaning, and tune-up, it will head into the hottest months of the year with some big disadvantages. This can mean extra repairs, unreliable performance, higher operating costs, and shortening the system life.

We’ve often written about the major benefits of keeping up with annual spring air conditioning maintenance and why signing up for one of our maintenance plans is the best way to care for your cooling system year after year. (As well as your heating system!) Today, we’re going to spotlight a few of the benefits of doing routine inspections and tune-ups for an air conditioning that aren’t as well known. Call us to find out more details and to sign up for one of our plans.

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3 Factors to Look for in an HVAC Service

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Late summer and early fall are excellent times to take stock of both your air conditioner and your heating system. The weather will be cooling off in the next few weeks, and if your AC has been having trouble, you’ll want to get it looked at well before you need it again. With another long winter coming, you should also make sure there are no surprises waiting for you with your heater.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating So Important?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

air-conditioning-seer-ratingIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind. First and most importantly is the power output levels of the new system, which need to match the specifics of your home precisely, and should be neither overpowered (which causes short cycling) nor under-powered (which won’t cool the home adequately). Once that’s been decided, however, the next step is to carefully examine the system’s SEER rating and look for the highest one within your price range. What is it and why is it so important? Read on for the answers.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures and an increased need for your air conditioning system. Now is the perfect time to give it a look and make sure it’s running the way you need it to. With the weather still relatively cool, you have time to schedule an inspection and deal with any repairs well before the weather gets too hot. By ensuring that your air conditioner is ready for summer now, you can rest easy once the first heat wave hits, knowing that your system has been properly prepared.

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The Steps of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It’s never too late in the summer season to arrange for regular annual maintenance for your air conditioner. If you didn’t schedule  regular maintenance in the spring or earlier in the summer, you can’t neglect it for a full year: the potential for repair problems and wasteful energy performance is too high. Call for air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA right away from a dependable HVAC company.

When you receive AC maintenance from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., you’ll have NATE-certified technicians with experience and the best training available working to see that your cooling system works at peak proficiency. Contact us today and schedule your end of summer maintenance visit. (It’s also an ideal time to arrange for heating maintenance before the cold weather arrives.)

What happens during air conditioning maintenance

Although no two maintenance sessions will go exactly the same, depending on what the technician discovers, there are a few basic steps that you can expect:

  • Thermostat check and calibration: Technicians often look over the thermostat first, to see if it is working correctly. They will recalibrate it if necessary.
  • Check refrigerant level: The refrigerant inside an AC should remain at the same level (“charge”). If technicians see the charge has dropped, they will know to look for leaks. They will also recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Check airflow: The technicians will measure the airflow from the vents to see if the air conditioner is producing the right level.
  • Inspect and adjust electrical connections: The most common type of repairs that ACs need are for electrical problems. Technicians will look over the electrical components and do any necessary tightening to see that the system is running its best.
  • Check motors: The motors should be dirt-free and have the proper level of lubrication so there’s no extra stress on them.
  • Clean the coils: To make sure that the evaporator and condenser coils can properly absorb and release heat, technicians will remove both coils and clean them.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: This will help prevent interference with the inside the condenser due to dust, dirt, and debris.
  • Check and clean condensate pan: The technicians will remove the condensate pan and clean it, and look to see that the condensate drain is clear.
  • Advice: Before leaving, the technician will give you any advice that will help you get the most from the air conditioner based on the maintenance session. You’ll know if you need any repairs and if the system still has a long lifespan ahead of it, as well as what you can do to receive the most efficient operation.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has 37 years of experience with air conditioning maintenance in Havertown, PA. Call our staff today to arrange for that all-important maintenance session.

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Air Conditioning Question: Why Are Clean Filters So Important to AC Efficiency?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Professional HVAC technicians are adamant about the importance of keeping AC filters clean and for good reason.

But why? Why are the filters so important? There are three main reasons, all of which affect the efficiency of operation of your Broomall air conditioner.

The most direct effect of a dirty filter is that when it is clogged with debris, air cannot easily pass through. Dust, hair, dirt, lint and pet dander collect on the filter. When not disposed of, over time these particles form a sheet-like layer on the filter, making the passage of air very difficult. Although your air conditioner is working to cool air and circulate it through your home, you do not get to enjoy the effects. A dirty filter degrades the cooling efficiency of the system.

As a result of this debris collection, many of the components have to work harder to try to keep up with cooling demands. Because the cooled air is having so much difficulty being distributed throughout the home, the temperature is not falling as quickly as it ordinarily would. So, the thermostat keeps the air conditioner running for longer than it would otherwise have to. This hurts energy efficiency and takes a toll on the mechanical parts, like the blower motor and fan.

That debris on the dirty filter can also break loose and get lodged in or attached to other components of your AC. When dirt and debris winds up on condenser coils, in motors or clogging up intakes, efficiency can suffer all throughout the system.

A clean filter prevents all these problems, keeps your home cool more efficiently and prolongs the life of your air conditioner. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and/or replacing your air filters. Usually, they should be checked once a month and cleaned or replaced as necessary, plus inspected by a Broomall air conditioning professional annually. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. if you have any questions!

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