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Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC System

No matter the time of year, you should always keep your HVAC system maintained for optimal heating and cooling. This regular maintenance can keep your energy bills lower, as well as keep you and your family comfortable year-round. Thankfully, there are some simple tips to keeping your HVAC in good running order without breaking your wallet.

Change Your Filters

Changing your filters regularly could mean the difference between a high or low energy bill. Your filters collect dust and dirt as air runs through them. The more dust the filter collects, the more clogged it becomes. As it becomes clogged, your HVAC system is having to work twice as hard to keep up proper circulation and ventilation. Set a date to check your filters every few months. They may need to be replaced that often, or they may be clean enough to hold out another few months. The dirtier it looks, though, the sooner you should replace them.

Make Regular Inspections

Every six months, you should check your heating and cooling units. Make sure the fans and belts are working properly and have no tears or damages. If belts look misaligned or the fans seem to be running the wrong way, call your HVAC company for a maintenance and repair appointment.

Clean and Repair Ductwork

Ductwork is similar to your filters. If it’s not clean, it’s not working as well, and it’s bringing dust and dirt into your home. You should always have the ducts checked for air leaks or equipment failure. This might mean screws or the ductwork itself is out of alignment. Schedule an appointment with your heating company to have your ducts inspected every 1-2 years.

When you’re in need of a furnace installation, HVAC maintenance, or water heater repair in Berkeley, you know who to call. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is available at (510) 843-6904 for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Troubleshooting Garbage Disposal Problems

If your garbage disposal isn’t working, and the reset button hasn’t solved the problem, there is a very simple way to unclog it. In case the issue still isn’t resolved, though, call your plumber for a more detailed inspection.

After unplugging your disposal, look inside with a small flashlight. Do not use your hands if anything is stuck; instead, use long pliers to take the big items out. Then, use an Allen wrench in the small hole at the bottom of the garbage disposal; move the wrench and loosen the blades. Hit the reset button again, plug the disposal in, and it should be working.

When you’re in need of a Berkeley plumber, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We can perform any plumbing service you need, from water heaters to water leaks.

Getting Your Plumbing Ready for the Summer

Whenever people say “get your pipes ready,” you may think they’re only talking about the winter months. However, summer can do as much damage to your pipes as winter can. Plumbers don’t really have an “off-season” because your pipes are constantly working and always in need of service to run at maximum capacity. Here are a few things your plumber wants you to look for this summer.

Watch Out for Roots

“April showers bring May flowers” and also summer trees! Tree roots are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to damaged pipes and plumbing problems in the summer. Spring rains have soaked the ground—which can do its own damage to your pipes—and the trees have drunk up that water and started growing their roots out farther and farther. When the roots encounter pipes, they may be able to go around, but often they’ll go straight through. Pipes can crack, burst, or become clogged with these roots, and you’re in for a heavy plumbing and landscaping bill. Consider planting trees and bushes away from the main pipes or calling your plumber for pipe maintenance advice.

Keep the Disposal Clear

Unfortunately, many people think they can put almost anything into a garbage disposal. This isn’t true, and you can severely damage your disposal and pipes if you put the wrong foods and items in it. Many summer foods, such as corn husks and summer vegetables shouldn’t be put in a disposal. Also, oils and fats should never be put down any drain or the garbage disposal.

Keep an Eye on Hoses

You haven’t watered the flowers all winter, but with summer on the way, you need to break out the water hose. Check your hoses inside and outside for any leaks and holes. Also, keep an eye on your faucets and pipes for cracks.

At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, we want your pipes to be prepared and protected year-round. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to learn about our plumbing service in Berkeley, as well as furnace repair and leak detection.

Shopping for a New Furnace

If your furnace is old, or frequently in need of furnace repairs, you need a new furnace installation. When shopping for a new furnace, you must consider its size, efficiency, and fuel source. You can purchase a furnace through a manufacturer, retail store, or an AC and heating system dealer. You should always hire a licensed and insured professional for furnace installation, however.

Your new furnace must be large enough to efficiently and effectively heat every room in your home. You should also compare the energy efficiency ratings of different furnace types and brands to find one that can save you the most money on your heating costs. Additionally, the furnace’s fuel source is important. You can opt for an electric, gas, or solar powered furnace. Your energy savings will depend upon the utility rates in your region for your furnace’s fuel source.

If you’re in need of professional furnace installation near Berkeley, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our heating system technicians can help you find the perfect furnace for your home, and perform expert furnace installation. To schedule a visit to discuss furnace replacement, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

Signs Your Water Heater Is About to Fail

You should contact an experienced plumber at the first indication that you need water heater repair. Without regular maintenance, your hot water heater is not likely to last as long as it could otherwise. Here are some warning signs that your hot water heater is about to fail.

It Distributes Rusty Water

If the water coming out of your taps is brown, yellowish, or rust-colored, the interior of your hot water heater might be rusted or corroded. Once your hot water heater becomes corroded, it will develop small holes and cracks and begin leaking. Water heater leaks can significantly increase your water, gas, or electric bills. A plumber who specializes in leak detection and water heater repair may be able to salvage your water heater.

It Makes Strange Noises

It’s normal for hot water heaters to make a bubbling or gurgling noise as water flows into the tank and is heated. If your water heater is making loud banging or rumbling sounds, it may be in need of water heater repair. As water heaters age, they develop sediment on the bottom of the tank. This sediment hardens, interfering with the efficiency of the water heating process. When a water heater is less efficient, it requires more time to heat water, causing wear and tear, cracks, holes, and brittle metal.

It’s Leaking

A water heater can develop water leaks due to old age, rust, inefficiency, or damage to the tank. Your hot water heater might only leak when the metal tank is warm and is expanding. When the tank cools, the leaks may close up. If you notice water around the base of the hot water heater, you should hire a plumber to perform leak detection.

If you believe you’re in need of a new water heater installation near Berkeley, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our experienced plumbers can provide a variety of professional plumbing services, including leak detection, water heater repair, and water heater installation. To schedule plumbing repairs for your home, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

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