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What is a SEER Rating?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, now is the time to act. High temperatures and mugginess have already arrived here in Wynnewood, PA, and the longer you delay in making a replacement, the greater the chances of trouble when the heat really hits. If you’re considering your options with a new air conditioner, make sure you look very carefully at the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a measure of how efficient your new air conditioner is and—along with the power output—is the most important thing about it. Here’s why.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Generator Prepared

Monday, March 28th, 2016

No matter what the time of year, there’s always the chance of inclement weather or a similar disaster cutting off the power to your home. Wynnewood, PA has terrific civic electrical services, but Pennsylvania is no stranger to bad weather, and even the best system will go down when Mother Nature vents her fury. A whole-house generator makes an ideal defense against that possibility. But you need to do more than simply install it. You need to be prepared and keep your generator ready to go, because trouble often strikes without warning. Here are 3 ways to do so, ensuring that you won’t be caught flat-footed when trouble arises.

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When Is It Time to Call for Commercial Heating Repair in Wynnewood?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Indoor comfort is critical to the operation of your business, so it’s important to know when to call for commercial heating repair in Wynnewood. Problems with heating systems aren’t always overtly evident, so to help you decipher some of the signs, our commercial heating experts have put together a list for your reference:

High Heating Bills

Most businesses program their heating to help maintain costs. If you notice that your heating bills are suddenly skyrocketing but haven’t changed how you heat your business space, there is a good chance something is wrong with the system. Why? A system that operates with a malfunction tends to use more energy than a system that is operating normally, resulting in higher energy bills.

Abnormal Sounds

The operation of your commercial heating system should be pretty quiet; the components are typically located outside or in a closet or basement space, so all that is audible is the sound of the air moving through the vents. If you start hearing different noises, such as buzzing, banging, or anything else out of the ordinary, it’s time to call for help.

Odors

There should not be any kind of odor emanating from your commercial heating system. Should you smell something, it’s time for expert help to review the system.

Low/No Heat

The most obvious of signs, having no or low heat requires immediate help from an expert. There can be multiple reasons why your commercial space isn’t getting enough heat, ranging from motor issues to problems with the ductwork. Commercial heating systems can be long and complex, which is why it’s important to always call for expert commercial help.

Many buildings and commercial properties have on-sight building help, but being handy simply isn’t enough to correctly repair a commercial heating system.

Do you need help with your commercial heating system in Wynnewood? Then call the professionals you can trust for all your commercial heating services: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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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 Problems with Ductless Mini Splits in the Heating Season

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Ductless mini-splits are becoming quite the popular home heating option for homeowners who are dissatisfied with other systems. They’re energy efficient, cost-effective, and flexible. However, ductless mini-splits have some problems, just like any machine. Let’s take a look at some specific issues that affect ductless mini-splits during the heating season.

Dearth of Thermal Energy

Ductless mini-splits may look very different from other heating systems, but they actually have a lot in common with heat pumps. They use the same method of evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another, rather than relying on combustion to create heat. Just like heat pumps, though, ductless mini-splits rely on the air around them to provide heat.

When the temperature outside drops, the air holds less thermal energy. Therefore, when the ductless mini-split tries to siphon heat from the air, it has less to draw on. This isn’t a problem unless the temperature drops quite low, but when that does happen the ductless system struggles to provide enough heat.

Icing Over

As previously mentioned, the outside unit of the ductless mini-split collects heat by siphoning heat out of the air. It does this by evaporating the refrigerant flowing through a coil inside it. When the refrigerant evaporates, it draws heat out of the surrounding air and into the coil. There are two other results of this process. The first is that the surrounding air gets colder. The second is that condensation forms on the coil and casing as it heats up. The condensation then freezes in the cold air and forms ice on the unit.

This isn’t normally a problem, as ductless mini-split systems are designed with a defrost cycle to melt any ice on the outside unit. If the defrost cycle is malfunctioning for any reason, however, the unit can become covered with ice and stop drawing heat from the air. To avoid this, pay attention to the outside of your system when it’s cold out. If there is ice on it, and it seems to be increasing instead of going away, you should call a professional.

If you’re having problems with your ductless mini-split, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We provide heating repair throughout Broomall, PA.

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Be Sure to Schedule Prompt Commercial Plumbing Repair

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Your commercial plumbing system is vital to the operation of your business. Whether you need a complex plumbing system to accommodate the amount of water usage and wastewater at your large commercial kitchen, or if the plumbing is primarily used for the office break room, your ability to conduct business is still severely limited whenever there is a plumbing problem. When you notice an issue like a leak or clog, you may decide to wait to call for services so that your property can continue running for a while longer. But this is problematic as you may develop far larger issues on your property if you wait too long for commercial plumbing repair in Wynnewood.

This is true of both leaks and clogs, as either can develop into quite a complication. Even a small leak originating from a pipe beneath the sink can cost you a lot of money in water bills (and it’s generally hazardous for your employees nearby). A small drip from a faucet can still waste water—up to 20 gallons every day! Leaks from water and drain pipes or from appliances like water heaters must be taken care of right away, not only to save money, but also to prevent structural damage or sewage leaks that lead to dangerous contaminants on your property.

A clog can be just as big of an issue, even if it seems like only a minor inconvenience. Slow or stopped drains can indicate an impending sewage backup, as wastewater moves back up through the drains of your business since it cannot move into the sewer. The change in pressure can even lead to a burst pipe, allowing sewage to leak beneath your property or on public property. And if the city finds your business responsible for a public health hazard, you can be fined.

Commercial plumbers are trained in the best practices to conduct work quickly and stay out of the way so that business as usual can return as soon as possible. Whether it’s an overflowing toilet, a leaky sink, a burst pipe, or a busted water heater, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We have experienced plumbers trained specifically on larger properties who specialize in commercial plumbing repair in Wynnewood.

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Repair Needs Caused by a Clogged Furnace Filter

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Your furnace keeps you comfortable all winter long. And since your furnace takes such good care of you, take care of your furnace by following a few simple maintenance steps. First, make sure that no vents are blocked by furniture. Second, call a technician every year for a heating tune up. And finally, make sure to change your furnace filter every month.

The furnace filter keeps some dust and allergens from entering your home. As a fan sucks in air, pollutants become trapped in the filter instead of blowing through the ducts and back into your home. The furnace’s filter also keeps debris from interfering with the fan, causing potential damages and possibly stopping the fan motor.

Problems with a Clogged Filter

A clogged filter, on the other hand, does more than do a poor job of managing the indoor air quality. It also makes your unit run far less efficiently, and could lead to sudden repairs. Here are some of the problems that may go along with a clogged furnace filter.

  • Blower Motor Problems: If you don’t change the furnace filter regularly, it could cause problems for the motor that controls the fan. The fan has to work harder to produce the perfect amount of airflow to heat your home when a filter is clogged. This means the motor may become overworked to the point of failure.
  • Short-Cycling: Another problem that can occur is short cycling. If your furnace cannot effectively get your home to the proper temperature, it may keep turning on and off in order to attempt to heat the house completely. This uses up a lot of energy and causes wear and tear on the motor.
  • Overheating: Finally, as parts begin to wear down from excessive use due to a clogged filter, your unit may eventually overheat and require repair or replacement somewhat prematurely.

Replacing or cleaning a clogged furnace filter is one of the best ways to keep problems from occurring, as well as scheduling maintenance every year.

When you find your furnace in need of heating repair in Wynnewood, contact the HVAC professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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What Equipment is Used During Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When you need to replace your plumbing, it’s never an ideal situation, but with trenchless pipe replacement, the process may go more smoothly than you expect. Trenchless pipe replacement involves very little digging, so you won’t have to get rid of important components of your landscaping, sidewalks, or driveways, or deal with the eyesore of trenches in the yard.

Using a contractor for trenchless pipe replacement is simply the best option for many homes. If you’re worried about the process, the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. are here to help. Here is a quick guide to the process of trenchless pipe replacement as well as what types of equipment is used for trenchless pipe replacement in Wynnewood.

Tools of the Trade

Although trenchless technology is sometimes referred to as “no dig” technology, it does involve some digging. However, this is quite minimal compared to any other method used today. First, experts locate the area where the water or sewer line underneath your property connects to the water or sewer main, and they dig a hole at this point in addition to where the pipe ends at your home. Plumbers detach a portion of the pipe on either end and use special equipment to send a new deflated pipe through the old one.

First, they attach a hydraulic pulling device to one end of the pipe. Then, the new pipe is inserted in the old pipe, but this new pipe is in a deflated state so that it can easily fit into the old one. The hydraulic device pulls the new pipe through to the other end. From here, there are two basic methods a plumber may employ. A “pipe burster” with an expander head may be used so that the new pipe expands and the old pipe bursts in the ground. Alternatively, some pipes used during trenchless replacement are covered with adhesive. This method is known as pipe lining, in which a bladder is fed through the new pipe, causing it to expand and adhere to the old one. Which method is used for your home will likely depend on the state of your pipes.

If you need trenchless pipe replacement in Wynnewood, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

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Video Camera Technology and Drain Repair in Wynnewood

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The equipment that plumbers use to clear drains and other repair jobs has come a long way. Professionals still use tried-and-true tools like plungers and wrenches, but technological advances have put power into their hands that allows them to perform jobs faster and better than ever before. One of the greatest advances now in regular use is the video camera inspection equipment, which has made drain repair work much easier and more effective.

Remember that equipment, no matter how advanced, is still only as good as the person who uses it. When you need drain repair in Wynnewood, PA, call up the most experienced team of plumbers you can find. You will be in skilled hands with Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., where we have almost four decades of work with plumbing, heating, and cooling. We have top-level equipment and the people who know how to put it to work for you.

Video camera technology: how it benefits work on drains

The standard video inspection kit consists of a long, flexible fiber optic cable on which a miniaturized video camera and powerful LED light are mounted. Plumbers feed the camera end down into a drain (or other plumbing access point) and send it down into the pipes. The other end of the cable attaches to a monitoring system that allows the plumbers to see in real-time what the camera is observing. The cable is usually long enough to reach all the way from a drain through the full sewer line out to the street: there’s almost no area of the drainage system the plumbers cannot access using the video camera.

The plumbers use the information sent from the video camera for a variety of purposes. If they are seeking for a hidden leak, the camera will show them not only the exact location of the leak, but also its size and what may have caused it. This makes it simple for the plumbers to access the leak with the least amount of disruption to your home’s building material or landscaping possible, and then to fix the leak quickly.

Another way the plumbers can use the video camera’s information is to diagnose drain clogging issues and problems from deposits along the inside of the pipes. Plumbers can see if the pipes are suffering from a build-up of organic material, developing corrosion, or if hard water deposits are interfering with flow. The plumbers will then have a definite idea of the problems they need to address and how to go about fixing them.

Whatever trouble you are experiencing with your plumbing, you can count on the skill of the employees at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to handle it.

Call us, and we will bring the video camera equipment necessary to provide you with the best drain repair in Wynnewood, PA possible.

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Benefits to Installing UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Numerous pollutants can enter the ventilation system in your house and blow through your indoor air: dust, dirt, pollen, dander from pets, dust mites, and various types of chemicals like carbon monoxide and pesticides. One of the most worrying contaminants when it comes to your health is the toxic spores that can come from mold and fungi that often take root inside ductwork. These biological pollutants do not respond to many standard duct cleaning methods, and using chemical fungicides against them will place those toxic chemicals into your air… hardly much of a solution.

However, there is an effective method of remedying the growth of bacterial contaminants inside your ventilation system: UV germicidal lights. Here are reasons we think you should look into installing UV germicidal lights in Wynnewood, PA for your home’s ventilation system when you have trouble with bacterial growths.

Contact our indoor air quality specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to find out more about how we can help you keep your vents clean of contamination.

Here is how installing UV germicidal lights benefits you

Professionals fit UV lights into your existing HVAC forced-air system to bathe all the air that passes through the ductwork with short wavelength ultraviolet radiation. This radiation affects cellular organisms by stripping away their nuclei, killing bacteria and preventing it from reproducing. The advantage of this system is that the radiation isn’t dependent on a filter to take care of preventing the spread of bacteria and spores, which are too small for regular mechanical filters to catch. The spread of UV radiation works on all the bacteria that tries to pass through it and eliminates it, no matter the size.

Another advantage of UV lights is that they are safe for your air and household. The use of lights means there are no chemicals placed inside the ducts that will end up entering your home. UV lights leave your air clean of bacterial infections without adding anything to the air. The lights are also positioned so the UV wavelengths will not endanger anyone inside the living spaces.

UV lights are simple for technicians to install and to maintain, and do not require any extensive re-working or re-design of your current ductwork. They will need occasional maintenance and bulb replacement, so make this a part of the routine inspections done on your ventilation system and air conditioner and heater.

Keep in mind that UV lights kill off living organisms inside your ductwork, and will not filter out dust and dirt contamination. You will also need to have a filtration system involved in conjunction with the UV lights to receive a thorough cleaning of your ventilation system.

Contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to talk to our indoor air quality technicians to find out the best way to combine a filtration system and UV germicidal lights in Wynnewood, PA.

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