Heating

Heating Repair & Installation Services in West Chester & Other Areas of Pennsylvania

Furnace Repair Services in West Chester, PennsylvaniaWhile a home’s heating system is often out of sight and out of mind, when the furnace, boiler or heat pump fails, fixing it becomes top of mind. Whether your home’s heating system is in need of repair or replacement, contact the team at Wm. Henderson. Our skilled HVAC technicians provide heating repair and installation services to homes in areas of Pennsylvania such as Coatesville, West Chester, Conshohocken, and Broomall. We will work tirelessly to bring warmth back to your home.  

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces offer some of the highest efficiency ratings when compared to other home heating options. With a lifespan between 15 and 20 years, a gas furnace will work to efficiently heat your home for years to come. We offer gas heating repair, tune-up, and installation services near you in Pennsylvania. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 to receive help.

One of the most popular options for heating, gas furnaces come in two main categories: conventional and condensing. Learn more about what these categories mean and how they might work for your home:

Conventional Gas Furnaces

Conventional gas furnaces burn gas through a single heat exchanger. The heat that remains then escapes safely through a chimney to the outdoors.

Condensing Gas Furnaces

Condensing gas furnaces utilize a secondary exchanger which collects the excess heat and uses it for heating the home. These furnaces have a higher efficiency rating when compared to conventional gas furnaces.

Along with different heating categories, gas furnaces come in three different operating types. These types include: 

Gas Furnace Operating Types

Single-Stage Gas Furnaces

Single-stage furnaces have a single gas valve that opens and closes allowing gas to flow at a single rate. Operating on a single, high flow rate, these types of furnaces are less efficient than two-stage systems. 

Two-Stage Gas Furnaces

Two-stage furnaces have two capacities in which they operate: low and high. To conserve energy, they operate on low most of the time and only kick into high when temperatures lower significantly. Operating in this way means two-stage furnaces are more efficient and offer consistent heat flow. 

Modulating Gas Furnaces

With the highest efficiency ratings available, modulating furnaces continuously adjust the gas output based on up-to-the-minute reports on the temperature within the home. This continual monitoring and adjusting provide consistent heat throughout the home. Our team of heating contractors is able to replace an outdated system with a modulating gas furnace or perform a heating repair on this type of system.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces use electricity to heat coils within the furnace system. Once the coils heat up, the system pushes air through the coils, heating it and sending it throughout the home. 

Electric furnaces tend to be cheaper to purchase than gas furnaces and are less expensive to install. They often last a few years longer than gas furnaces with an average lifespan of 20-30 years. But, one thing to consider when making a decision for your home is the cost to run the furnace. Electricity is much more expensive than natural gas, meaning your monthly heating bill will be higher with an electric furnace. 

Boilers

Boilers are closed systems consisting of a heating element that heats water, distributing it throughout the home. WM Henderson offers boiler and heating repair or installation services to homes in West Chester and other areas of Pennsylvania. Homes with boilers use one of the following methods for distributing heat:

  • Radiators
  • Baseboard Heating Units
  • Convectors
  • Radiant Heat Systems

Types of Boilers Available

When choosing a boiler for your home, there are a few options to choose from. Below, we’ve outlined the types of boilers available to you:

Steam Boilers

Steam boilers rely on a heat exchanger to heat the internal water past the boiling point, distributing steam throughout the system as a means to heat the home.

Hot Water Boilers

Hot water boilers also utilize a heat exchanger and heat water to a high temperature, but not to boiling. This heated water is then distributed throughout the home where it passes through radiators, sending heat into the home.

After deciding between steam or hot water boiler, next you must decide which fuel source is best for your home. Your options include:

  • Natural Gas 
  • Electricity
  • Oil

If your home’s boiler is in need of repair, or you’re thinking of installing a boiler in your home, call the heating contractors at Wm. Henderson. Our team of skilled HVAC technicians has the tools and knowledge needed to perform all types of heating repairs and replacements.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps use a compressor and circulating refrigerant to pump heat from one place to another. Within this closed system, heat is extracted from outside sources and pumped indoors. While heat pumps require less maintenance and have a lower running cost than traditional furnaces, they come with a higher upfront cost and require significant work to your home and property.

If you’re interested in learning more about installing a heat pump in your home, contact Wm. Henderson. Our team provides heating repair and installation services near you. 

New Or Old, Our Team Can Help With Your Home Heating System

When deciding which heat source is best for your home, there are many things to take into consideration. Let the team at Wm. Henderson help. Our HVAC professionals are available to repair, install, and answer your questions about home heating solutions. When you’re in need of a reliable, friendly HVAC team call Wm. Henderson! We’ll help you find the right heating repair or installation solution for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

View the FAQ questions below to learn more about heating systems and services. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 or schedule an appointment online to receive assistance with your heating project.

What is Forced Air Heating?

The term “Forced Air Heating” refers to a heating system that relies on a network of ductwork to push warm air throughout the home. The most common type of forced air heating system is a gas furnace. This type of system utilizes a fan to collect and push air throughout the home. A gas furnace utilizes a heat exchanger to change the temperature of the incoming air prior to transmitting it throughout the home. 

The second type of forced air heating system is an electric furnace. This type of system also utilizes the ductwork in the home to maintain a comfortable temperature. However, an electric furnace utilizes heating coils instead of a heat exchanger to provide heat. Forced air systems are widely popular throughout Pennsylvania because they are more affordable to replace and maintain when compared to other types of heating systems such as boilers.

Since electric and gas furnaces are built with common parts such as blowers, belts, supply plenums, burners, and heat exchangers, it’s easy for a trained technician to perform continuous repairs or installations. Lastly, gas forced air heating systems are widely utilized by homeowners because of their high energy efficiency ratings.

WM Henderson provides trusted local heating repair and installation services to homes in areas of Pennsylvania such as West Chester, Broomall, Conshohocken, and Coatesville. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 or schedule an appointment online to receive assistance.

What is a 2 Stage Furnace?

Prior to discussing the benefits of a 2 stage furnace, it’s important to understand how a single stage furnace operates. A single stage furnace utilizes a single blower and valve that is able to be activated and deactivated to allow or prevent gas from reaching the burners. This type of furnace is engineered to turn on or off throughout the day to keep the home comfortable.

2 stage furnaces are popular in colder areas of the county since they feature two unique heating modes: maximum for cold temperatures and low for less drastic temperatures. 2 stage furnaces are able to help you save money by switching between high and low operational modes during the day.

The low output mode utilizes around 60% of the total capacity provided by the 2 stage furnace. Since this mode is utilized for a majority of the time, investing in a 2 stage furnace will help you save money over time.

Also, a 2 stage furnace will produce less noise when compared to a single stage furnace since it is usually not running at full capacity. Our team of heating contractors provides heating repair and installation services for furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and ductless mini-split systems in Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment to learn more about the best single and 2 stage furnaces on the market.

What Size Furnace Do I Need?

Prior to determining the size of a new furnace, it is important to be aware of British Thermal Units (BTU’s). This metric is utilized to measure the total output of warm air from a furnace. The latest furnaces for sale are able to generate an output of up to 100,000 BTU’s throughout a house. Our team of technicians recommends investing in a heating system that is able to supply 40 BTU’s of warm air output per square foot in your home.

Always advise with a professional HVAC technician prior to purchasing a new furnace. We wouldn’t want you to purchase a furnace that is too small or too big. Purchasing a furnace that doesn’t have enough power for your home or layout will result in issues such as cold spots and uncomfortable temperatures. Since the average furnace is able to supply heat for up to 20 years, it’s imperative to choose the correct size to ensure you’re not uncomfortable for years to come.

Since forced-air heating systems such as gas or electric furnaces rely on a network of ductwork, a small percentage of the heat is usually lost prior to reaching its final destination. To ensure your home remains warm, we recommend purchasing a furnace with a high BTU rating. It may be more expensive upfront.

However, this is a small price to pay for a warm and cozy home. WM Henderson provides furnace repair and installation services to homes in West Chester, Coatesville, Conshohocken, and Broomall, Pennsylvania. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 to receive help with a heating project.

Why Is My Furnace Not Working?

If the furnace is not working in your home, there are a few tricks you can try prior to calling a professional technician on our team. The most common cause of furnace issues is a faulty thermostat. First, navigate to the settings area on the thermostat to confirm if the heat mode is activated. 

Next, check the specified temperature to confirm that the temperature of the house is lower than the programmed temperature. If you’re having trouble activating the furnace after checking the thermostat mode and temperature, you may be dealing with a flown pilot light. Older furnaces utilize a gas powered pilot light to produce flames and heat.

If you are not able to observe a flame on the interior of the furnace, call our team of technicians to repair the pilot light. Another common cause of furnace issues is a blown electrical fuse. Although a gas furnace relies on gas to produce flames and warm air, it also relies on electricity to distribute air throughout the ductwork of the home.

Navigate to the circuit panel in your home and confirm if the switch for the furnace is in the correct spot. WM Henderson offers heating repair near you in areas of Pennsylvania such as Broomall, West Chester, Conshohocken, and Coatesville. Give us a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 or fill out our Appointment Form to receive help with a furnace that won’t ignite.

Why is the Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

If the furnace in your home is blowing cold air throughout the ductwork, this may be an indicator of a malfunctioning thermocouple. This is a copper component that works in conjunction with the pilot light to control the gas flow and activation process of the furnace. The thermocouple is engineered to block the gas supply when there are issues with the pilot light.

Your furnace may not be producing heat due to a pilot light issue. Please refrain from performing a do-it-yourself project to troubleshoot these components. To avoid a disastrous gas leak in your home, contact a professional at WM Henderson to perform a repair on your thermocouple or pilot light.

Modern furnaces on the market today utilize an electronic activate process that relies on specific parts and components to produce warm air. These gas heating systems feature an intermittent pilot light or a hot surface component. If an essential part in the gas furnace is broken, you will be required to purchase and install new components.

Since these small parts can be hard to find and remove, we recommend having a professional on our team replace them. We offer heating repair, replacement, and installation services to homeowners in Pennsylvania.

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