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The Benefits of Modular Commercial HVAC Systems

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Homes here in Havertown and Springfield, PA typically have a centralized heating and air conditioning system, with one main unit generating hot (or cool) air for distribution throughout the home. (There are some exceptions, such as ductless mini-spilt systems, but they’re less common.) Commercial HVAC systems, on the other hand, use a centralized format far less often. Instead, they use modular systems, involving a series of multiple units – usually placed on the roof to save space – performing heating and cooling duties. It seems like an odd dichotomy, since they’re performing the same function, but in truth it makes a lot of sense. Commercial and business spaces have different needs than residential spaces, and a modular system just works better on the whole. Here’s why.

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Problems that May Occur with a Commercial Boiler

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Commercial boilers are powerful heating systems, with the ability to keep an entire office building warm no matter what the outdoor temperature. Boilers are built tough because they often handle a large heating load. Even though these units are meant to last for many years, there’s always a chance that a problem can surface with any electro-mechanical system. When you notice any of the following problems with your commercial boiler, it’s important to call for commercial HVAC repair in Wynnewood as soon as possible.

  • Little Heating: If you’re not getting the heating power you desire from your commercial boiler, it can mean a major problem, or the repair may be as simple as cleaning off a few parts. Dirty burners can cause limited heating, but so can a major repair need like a leak or an imbalance in pressure. Even if the lack of heat seems bearable, you should call an expert for service as soon as possible to keep the issue from worsening.
  • Uneven Heating in One Area: If there is not enough heating in one office, a single floor, or any particular area of the building, it’s likely a problem with the zone control system. A technician should adjust the settings of any zone according to that floor’s particular needs, but sometimes the structure of the room requires higher or lower settings for whatever reason. If, for example, an office on the second floor has carpeting, while other areas have tile or hardwood floors, the settings may need to be adjusted so that more heat moves into that room only.
  • Leaks: This problem is rare, but it’s definitely one to look out for. If you notice water leaks from your boiler, it indicates a pretty serious problem that should be addressed immediately. This could have to do with the expansion tank, the pressure relief valve, or it could be a sign of rust and corrosion, an unfortunate possibility with older boilers that almost always results in replacement.

We have enough experience to diagnose and repair any heating problem that interferes with the way you do business.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for boiler maintenance to help prevent problems such as these from occurring, or to schedule commercial HVAC repair in Wynnewood.

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Common Commercial HVAC Repairs

Friday, June 27th, 2014

At the basic level of operation, commercial and residential heating and cooling systems are similar. The heat pump that is a popular option for homes and businesses uses the circulation of refrigerant between two different coils to absorb heat in one location and release it in another. However, this similarity is deceptive, since commercial HVAC systems are different in most other ways from the systems found in homes, and the work needed to fix them when they malfunction requires specialized training.

Here are a few of the more common repairs needed for the packaged units that handle the heating and cooling for most businesses. If your company requires any of this kind of work, make sure that you call the Havertown, PA commercial HVAC repair professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We are now in our 37th year of business helping people with their comfort needs.

Some common repairs for commercial HVAC systems

  • Recharging refrigerant: For a packaged heat pump to work, it must have the correct level of refrigerant (“Freon”) running through it; this is known as its “charge.” If refrigerant starts to leak from the system and lowers the charge, it will not only affect the unit’s ability to heat and cool, but it will change the pressure inside the system, and this could lead to a catastrophic breakdown in the compressor… a repair need you never want to have. If you discover uneven heating or cooling in your workspace, call for repairs immediately to see if the refrigerant needs recharging.
  • Repairing damaged fans: Packaged units are usually placed on the roof of a business, which removes them from the danger of vandalism and other human interference. But this also leaves them exposed to the elements, and sometimes this will lead to damage to the fans. Bent or misaligned fans will start to strike and damage the rest of the cabinet, causing even larger problems if not caught and fixed in time.
  • Zone control issues: If your company’s workspace is large enough, the HVAC system will have zone control set into the ductwork that allows for separate control over the different rooms. Troubles with the dampers in the ventilation system or failures in the different thermostats can lead to uneven temperatures, and this will require the work of specialists familiar with the complexities of commercial zone control systems.

You need to have a quality contractor capable of handling commercial HVAC repair in Havertown, PA whenever you run into comfort issues.

For expert HVAC repair in Havertown call on Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for the experienced work that will take care of the repairs fast and right the first time.

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3 Signs That Your Commercial HVAC System Needs Repairs

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Whatever the time of year, your business must have an HVAC system that works efficiently and effectively so that you have content employees and happy customers/clients. It’s especially crucial during the summer and winter months, so when the weather outside starts to move to the extremes, keep a close watch for signs that your heating or cooling is starting to experience problems that could lead to a major malfunction, or even a whole-system breakdown.

You must always act fast when calling for professional commercial HVAC repair in Newton Square, PA.

Make that first call to Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We have serviced commercial property owners with excellent heating and cooling repair, installation, and maintenance work since 1977.

Here are a few signs to look for that you should call our repair technicians:

Complaints from employees/customers/clients/tenants

Chances are high that the people who work or visit your building will pick up on issues with comfort very quickly. Since people have a wide range of comfort needs, it only takes a small difference in temperature from a malfunction to cause someone to notice it and bring it up. If making small adjustments to the system through the thermostat doesn’t fix the problem, then you need to call in commercial repair specialists to investigate.

A spike in power bills

As a business or property owner, you will want to keep a close watch on your finances to make sure there is no unnecessary waste. Look for leaps in your power bills connected to your HVAC system (electricity, gas, etc.). An unexplained increase that has no connection to the change of seasons and which compares unfavorably to the bills from the same time the previous year will alert you to a possible malfunction within the system. Often, energy drain will start to occur before there is any change in outward performance issues, so you can have repairs done before the trouble affects comfort.

Disruptive operating noises

Commercial HVAC systems are large and powerful, but they are also designed to run as quietly as possible to reduce distractions inside a workplace. When the heater or air conditioner begins to make a racket that disrupts work flow or annoys customers and/or clients, it usually means that the system must have immediate repairs. Watch out for clanging, groaning, and banging noises coming from the vents, as these indicate serious mechanical issues that will soon lead to even larger problems.

Remember that when you call for work on your business’ or property’s heating and cooling, you only contact specialists in commercial HVAC repair in King of Prussia, PA. This isn’t a job that residential repair technicians can handle. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has the experience with commercial systems necessary to deliver you the fast and effective repairs you need to protect your company. Contact us today for help with any of your commercial HVAC needs.

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