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R22 is Being Phased Out: Are You Ready?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has reduced the 2012 production allowance by 45% versus the volume of R22 that was produced and/or imported in 2011.This substantial reduction has caused immediate and dramatic price increases. We have also been notified by the suppliers that they are reserving their right to increase prices on R22 without notice. As of February we have seen a 100% increase, compared to last year.

Wm. Henderson wants you to be informed about the current refrigerant standards. For those who are not aware, R22 production will be slowly phased out, and by 2020 R22 production will cease. A 2020 phase out date may seem far off, but with R22 prices skyrocketing, why would you buy an R22 unit? It’s still possible to purchase dry R22 units in 13 S.E.E.R, but why would you? You would be investing in something that will only exist for 8 more years. Furthermore, it already is prohibitively expensive to recharge R22 units. It’s like buying a car that runs on leaded gasoline: It makes no sense!

If you are looking at replacing your existing cooling system, you should be installing an R410A Puron system. These systems have been around since 1996 and are tried, tested and true. They utilize thicker-walled tubing, new, quiet compressors, and a higher grade of oil. With R410A being an ozone-friendly refrigerant, we can fairly safely assume that these systems will be around for a long time. Since the inception of R410A, unit efficiency has increased substantially. Pre-R410A 14 S.E.E.R was a very high-efficiency unit, now 13 S.E.E.R is the government minimum requirement. It is now possible to have units up to 21 S.E.E.R installed in your home or business. But, what does 21 S.E.E.R. mean, exactly? Basically, if you are running a 10 S.E.E.R unit (a fairly standard efficiency until recently), and it costs you $100 per month to cool your home, a 21 S.E.E.R. unit running the unit the same amount of time would cost you only $49. This means HUGE SAVINGS on the cooling your home when you install high-efficiency units!

For this reason, if you are in need of a substantial repair on an older unit, you should really consider replacement costs. Many times, we see a real advantage, with a great return on investment, to replace your current system with a high-efficiency R410A Puron system. If you are considering replacing your system, ask Wm. Henderson for a free estimate. We can show you all your options and find the best system for your needs. After all, your needs are what are important to us. Call Wm. Henderson today for more information.

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Warm Weather is Coming: Is Your AC Prepared?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Summer is coming to Delaware County and pretty soon snow blowers will turn into golf carts, the RV covers will come down and the swimming pools will fill with water. It’s a great time of year, but before you can dive into summer and start enjoying yourself and the warm weather, you must make sure that your AC is prepared for the heat of the season. William Henderson Inc. has a few tips to ensure that your air conditioner is primed and ready to cool.

The first order of business is to make sure that the air conditioner was not visibly damaged during the winter season. Hopefully, it was covered during winter, which goes a long way to protecting the casing and the innards of the appliance. A quick check of the outside should let you know if your AC unit experienced wind damage or any other kind of physical abuse.

On the inside you will want to check the drain tray. Many times this can become stuffed with leaves, dirt and other debris. The drain tray is an important part of the air conditioner and must remain clean at all times. Pull out the tray and use a shop vacuum to get at any dirt or debris inside. Once the tray is clean, replace it.

Next, check to make sure that the filter is new and clean. A dirty filter will cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Diminished air flow wears down the heat pump and other moving parts and also causes the unit to use more energy, costing you more money.

Finally, clean the coils with warm water and mild detergent. Hardware stores also sell a coil cleaning solution if your coils are really dirty. Like a filter, clean coils allow the AC to function at peak performance. After the coils have soaked for a while, rinse them with clean water and let them dry.

If after all this your AC unit is still not working correctly you may need to hire a professional to check to make sure your heat pump is functioning properly. If you find yourself looking for heat pump repair in Delaware County, look no further than William Henderson heating and cooling. With over 30 years experience, we know how to get your cooling system up and running in no time.

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Is Your Basement Waterproof?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Spring is a wet time of year. The snow pack of the winter season, overcome by more direct sunlight gives ways to puddles in the sidewalk, which grows into miniature lakes in the yard. Local storm drains take the brunt of the runoff, but regardless of location, water runs downhill until it finds the lowest point. Don’t let that lowest point be your basement!

Water in your basement can cause all types of problems from mold and mildew to unpleasant smells. Both of which lead to pests. To keep away from having these problems your best bet is to make sure that your basement is waterproof. Although it’s not difficult to waterproof the walls of your basement, it does take a bit of knowledge to understand where to start and where to go.

The first step is to take a survey of your basement walls. Hopefully you have a fully exposed basement wall and hopefully it is made out of modern concrete. A modern concrete wall with no cracks has the best protection against leaks. Cobble foundation walls and older concrete walls are susceptible to cracks and breaks. Even the smallest crack will allow water through.

Walk the basement wall and locate any cracks you can find. Repair those cracks with concrete filler according to the directions on the package. Let the filler dry. It is not enough to just fill in the cracks in your basement wall however. After the filler is dried you then need to apply a coat of sealer all the way around your basement. The sealer is a waterproof brush or spray applied substance that will create a waterproof barrier. This will keep water from permeating your basement wall and getting into your basement.

Many plumbing contractors in Delaware County can suggest a method for waterproofing your basement, but only William Henderson Plumbing has 35 years of experience helping Pennsylvania homeowners in Delaware County and the Mainline. We are ready to inspect and suggest a fix for any leaking basement problems you may have.

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Do You Have Hard Water?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

To most people, water is water. It’s wet and when we turn on the faucet – there it is. But, water does have qualities to it that make it different depending on where in the United States you live. Water that has a lot of minerals in it is considered to be hard, versus water with low mineral content that is considered to be soft. Although hard water is not bad for your health, it can cause a great deal of problems in your plumbing systems.

You will know you have hard water in your home if your faucets and pipe joints show signs of calcification. Calcification is the buildup of minerals where the water is screened or where the water evaporates. Many times you will find calcification where the water leaves a fixture like the faucet on your kitchen sink or in a shower. These buildups can cause long term damage to your pipes as they restrict the flow of water and in some cases corrode the pipe and cause leaks.

If you have hard water in your home, it is possible (and recommended) to use a water softener to remove the calcium and other minerals before it enters your main plumbing system. Water softeners use complex science to remove minerals, but basically it is a drum with a thick filter of resin that the water passes through. As it travels through the filter, the minerals are captured and suspended, while the water passes through to travel safely through the system until it reaches the faucet.

There are many Plumbers in Havertown that can help you determine how hard your water is and what, if any actions you need to take. However, William Henderson plumbing services has 35 years of experience helping Delaware County and Mainline homeowners troubleshoot and repair their plumbing problems. We understand the science behind soft water and can recommend a good system to ensure that your plumbing system stays safe and operates smoothly for a long time to come.

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