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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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3 Factors to Look for in an HVAC Service

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017


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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Make Your Home Safe from Allergens

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_28529517_2-meSpring will be here in a few short weeks, and with warming temperatures come a host of pollen, dander, and other allergens in the air. This time of year can be very difficult for people suffering from allergies, and unfortunately, there’s little to be done about blooming flowers or similar contaminants. They come every year with the season.

The good news is that there are a host of products that can help clean your indoor air, making your home more comfortable and safer from allergens. If you think you might need some extra protection this spring, it would pay well to look into them.

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How to Get Your Heater Ready for the Fall

Monday, September 12th, 2016

September marks the start of cooler weather here in Wayne, PA, and while we may have a few more warmish days left to go, fall will be here before you know it. Before it arrives, it’s a good idea for a homeowner to dust off their heating system and help get it ready. That way, you can avoid any nasty surprises later in the season and ensure that your system — whether it be a furnace, a boiler or a more alternative form of heating — is ready to go when you are.

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Now is the Time for an HVAC Maintenance Session

Monday, October 19th, 2015

After a long summer, we’re in the throes of fall here in Havertown and Springfield, PA. That makes an ideal time to schedule an HVAC maintenance session: treating your air conditioner which is getting ready to sit idle for a few months and your heater which will soon be called upon to keep your house warm every day. It can be hard to see the advantages of spending money on maintenance, especially if your system appears to be firing on all cylinders. In truth, however, the benefits of regular maintenance far outweigh the costs. Here’s a few factors to consider.

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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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The Steps of Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 29th, 2014

“Maintenance” can be a very general term. When it comes to performing heating maintenance in Havertown, you may envision a technician with a flashlight completing a quick once-over of your system. The truth is, a number of tasks are performed during a maintenance visit, which is part of the reason it is so worthwhile to schedule maintenance for your heating system. Let the professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., get your heating system in great shape for this winter – call us today!

Steps of Heating Maintenance

Here is a general overview of what to expect when your technician arrives to perform routine maintenance:

Thorough Inspection

The first step your technician will take is to thoroughly inspect your system. This allows the technician to check for dirt and dust build-up, debris, and any other visible problems.

Cleaning and Adjusting

A number of components will need cleaning and adjusting, such as the burner assembly, ignition/pilot assembly, fan assembly, blower motor and drive mechanism. The firebox will be vacuumed along with any soot buildup. The air filter will be changed if needed.


Electrical components will be checked and tested for amperage, and safety controls and gas pressure will be tested and adjusted if needed. The flue gas drafting will be inspected and tested, too.


All fan motors and moving parts will be lubricated.

Benefits of Performing Maintenance

There are several benefits you can gain from heating maintenance:

  • Prevents repairs – the thorough inspection conducted by your technician allows he/she to detect any existing or developing problems and to repair them before they can become large and possibly expensive.
  • Increases energy efficiency – a heating system that is dirty and worn will not run well, and as a result, will need more energy to achieve the set temperature. Maintenance helps your system to run optimally, so it doesn’t need extra energy to operate.
  • Extends life of the system – a system that runs for a long period of time under stress can prematurely age; maintenance keeps your system in good working order so that it doesn’t operate under stressful conditions.

It’s recommended that you schedule heating maintenance at least once a year. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., and schedule heating maintenance in Havertown today!

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Heating Guide: Fall Maintenance Tasks

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Fall can sometimes be a busy time for people, especially for families getting back into the swing of school and fall sports. But for all Newtown Square homeowners, the season is perfect for getting a maintenance check on your heating and air conditioning system. This is usually not a busy time for HVAC companies and they can usually come out at a time that’s convenient for you.

One thing you can always do on your own is clean or change the air filters in your system. Some models just need to be taken out and washed, while others are replaceable. When you take time to clean or change the air filter, it adds to the life of your system. When a filter is dirty, the system has to work harder, which increases the amount of energy it needs to run and can cause your energy bills to go up considerably. A dirty filter can also lead to damage to the other components of your system, which could potentially lead to failure and the need to replace it in the future.

When you call on a professional Newtown Square heating technician to do routine maintenance, there are several things they will do. First, they will turn the system on and begin inspecting it. They will check the thermostat settings to make sure you’re getting the most out of each setting. Then they will tighten all the electrical connections on the systems and lubricate any moving parts it may have.

They will also check the condensation drain while the system is turned to air conditioning mode to make sure everything looks okay. When a drain gets clogged it can cause water damage, which is a potentially expensive problem to fix.

A professional technician will also check all the controls on the system to make sure they are operating correctly. They should start, operate and shut off promptly.

Specifically in the fall months, professional technicians will look to make sure all oil or gas connections are hooked up properly, make sure the gas pressure is working, and that the burner combustion as well as the heat exchanger are all doing their jobs properly. Preventative maintenance is the key to getting the most life out of your heating and cooling system. To schedule an appointment today, give Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call!

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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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