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    Draining a Water Heater Tank

    Last updated 10 days ago

    If your water heater tank fails, you will need to drain the tank before replacing it with a new one. You may also need to drain your water heater tank as part of annual maintenance, especially if your home is supplied with hard, mineral-rich water. Before draining a water tank, make sure the electric or gas supply is turned off. Turn off the water supply that feeds the tank, disconnect the supply line to the tank, disconnect the out-feed line that goes into the house, and leave your tank in the off position for 24 hours to cool down the water. Then you simply connect a garden hose to the drain fitting, run the hose to a drainage area outside, and open the valve.

    Watch this video to see how draining a water heater tank is done. If you aren’t comfortable draining your own water heater tank, or if you’d rather have a professional do it, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We are Berkley’s trusted plumbing and heating professionals. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to schedule plumbing service for your home. 

    Selecting a New Water Heater for Your Home

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When you turn on a hot water tap in your home, does it take a few minutes for the water to warm up? Does it seem like you run out of hot water more quickly every day? Is your hot water heater more than 10 years old? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to invest in a new water heater. Your plumber can help you choose a water heating system that will provide ample hot water while also using less energy, which will save you money. You can also use these tips to select a new water heater for your home.

    Learn About the Different Types of Water Heaters

    Before you start shopping for a new water heater, it’s a good idea to know the different types of water heaters available to you. You’re probably familiar with conventional storage water heaters, but do you know anything about tankless water heaters? How about heat pump water heaters or solar water heaters? Check out this article from Energy.gov to compare types of water heaters available before you purchase one.

    Compare Energy Efficiency Ratings

    Once you know what type of water heater is right for your home, it’s time to find the most energy efficient option. By comparing energy efficiency ratings before you make a purchase you can maximize your energy and cost savings each month. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program identifies the most energy efficient appliances, making it easier for consumers to find water heaters that will help them save energy and lower their operating costs.

    Ask Your Plumber for Recommendations

    If you’ve narrowed down your list but aren’t sure which water heater is right for your home, ask your plumber for a recommendation. The plumbers here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating have been serving Berkley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties for over 25 years. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to ask our plumbers for water heater suggestions or to schedule a water heater installation in your home. 

    Earthquake Safety Precautions

    Last updated 24 days ago

    October is earthquake awareness month in California. At 10:16 a.m. on October 16th, millions of people statewide will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008. You should also know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Retrofit and reinforce your house to keep furniture, bookshelves, and cabinets from falling over during a quake. Create a disaster plan to protect yourself and your family, and make sure everyone has their own emergency kit handy. During a quake, take cover in a safe place away from windows and furniture that could potentially fall over. Do not go outside until the shaking stops. After the quake, check for gas lines and make sure there are no leaks.

    You should also contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating about an automatic gas shutoff valve for your home. This device activates and shuts off your home’s natural gas supply in the event of a large earthquake. We can also help with plumbing repairs following an earthquake. If you have any questions for our plumbers and heating technicians, please call us at (510) 843-6904 or contact us online. 

    Essential Furnace Safety Tips

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Do you remember the last time your furnace was repaired or inspected? If not, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today to schedule furnace maintenance and repair services. Besides making sure that your furnace keeps your home warm and your family comfortable during the upcoming winter months, having your furnace inspected will ensure that it’s not a threat to your family’s health and safety. We also want to share these essential furnace safety tips to ensure that your heating system is in good working order all winter long.

    Check the Flue Pipe and Pipe Seams

    If you feel comfortable doing so, inspect the flue pipe and pipe seams, making sure that they are well supported and free of holes and cracks. If you find soot along or around the seams it may be an indicator of a leak, in which case you will need to schedule furnace repair before the heating season picks up. If you can access the top of the flue pipe, make sure there are no blockages that might cause fumes to back up into your home.

    Keep Combustibles Away from the Furnace

    Your furnace is probably located in an area of the home that doubles as storage, such as the garage or basement. However, make sure to keep all combustible items away from the heating system. The open flame and heat generated through the chimney line and flue pipe can cause combustible items such as cardboard boxes, newspapers, and clothing to ignite.

    Schedule Annual Furnace Inspection

    Aside from the financial and comfort benefits of regular furnace inspections and maintenance services, there are major health benefits as well. The furnace technicians here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will make sure that your heating system is safe, efficient, and clean. To schedule a furnace inspection, call us at (510) 843-6904. You can also visit our website to learn more about our plumbing and heating services in the Berkley and Oakland areas. 

    Greening Your Indoor Air Quality

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The indoor air quality of your building can have a direct impact on your health and well-being. By greening your indoor air quality, you can reduce allergy symptoms and other health issues. To keep your indoor air quality green, it is a great idea to keep your windows open whenever possible. In addition, indoor houseplants can help to improve the quality of your home’s air. For a closer look at how to green your indoor air quality, watch this video from Howcast.

    When your heating or HVAC system is in need of a tune up, be sure to contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We are proud to provide the Berkeley and Oakland areas with a complete range of highly rated plumbing and heating services. Call our Oakland location at (510) 843-6904 to set up an appointment for your home today.

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