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Signs That Your Furnace Is in Need of Repairs

Now that cool weather has arrived, ensuring that your home’s heating system is in good condition should be considered essential. If your furnace exhibits any of the following warning signs, then consider contacting an HVAC technician about repairs:

Your furnace is getting old.

In some cases, you may not notice any obvious problems as your heating system begins to decline. Your furnace is designed to last for 10 to 15 years so, if yours has passed the decade mark, then it could be time to schedule repairs and maintenance to help ensure that the furnace is working properly and efficiently.

Your furnace makes a lot of noise.

While you can’t expect your furnace to run in complete silence, it should not make strange sounds or operate too noisily. If you hear banging noises, clanging sounds, or loud rumblings when your heater turns on, then you could benefit from calling a technician about furnace repair.

Your house never gets warm enough.

When you set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature, your heater should be able to meet the setting and warm your house consistently. If you find yourself frequently adjusting your thermostat to try to warm your home to a comfortable level, then there is a chance that your furnace isn’t working properly.

Your electric bills have risen.

When a furnace is running inefficiently, it requires more energy than necessary to warm your home. Heating accounts for a significant portion of the average household’s cold weather electric usage, so an increase in your energy costs is yet another sign that something could be wrong with your furnace.

You’ve noticed a decrease in indoor air quality.

Finally, if anyone in your family is experiencing allergies or breathing problems while in your home, then this can indicate that something is wrong with your furnace. If your home’s indoor air quality is reduced, then consider having an HVAC technician inspect your furnace.

Is your furnace exhibiting any of these warning signs? If so, then contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating today by calling (510) 843-6904. We specialize in expert repairs and replacements for heating in Berkeley.

Fixing a Leaky Cartridge Faucet

While many home repairs require the expertise of a plumber, there are a few household plumbing problems that the average homeowner can handle themselves. Watch this video to learn how to fix a leaky cartridge faucet.

First, turn off the water running to the faucet. Second, remove the handle and then unscrew the retainer nut. Third, remove the cartridge and replace it with a new one. Finally, screw the retainer nut and then the handle back in place and turn on the water.

If you’re dealing with a more serious water leak, then contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating by calling (510) 843-6904. We offer experienced and reliable Berkeley plumbing services to keep your home’s pipes working properly.

Looking at Common Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Does anyone in your family experience headaches, dizziness, allergies, asthma, sinus congestion, or eye irritation while in your home? If so, then symptoms like these can indicate a problem with your indoor air quality. There are some common causes of this problem that are found by AC technicians and plumbers:

HVAC Problems

When your home’s cooling and heating system is ignored and left without maintenance for extended periods, this can allow problems to develop that affect the quality of your indoor air. The system’s air filters, for example, may need to be cleaned or replaced as often as once per month to clean dust, dander, and other debris from the air that circulates through the unit in an efficient way. Also, damage to the unit or the air ducts can allow contaminants to enter the system, which may then be circulated throughout your home. For these reasons, scheduling regular HVAC maintenance is important.

Poor Ventilation

Another common cause of poor indoor air quality is a lack of fresh air getting into the home. When a building is deficient in ventilation, this can cause contaminated air, aggravating allergens, and other debris to accumulate in the air and affect your family’s health and comfort. If you’re worried about your home’s ventilation, speak with an HVAC technician about your options.

Mold Growth

When part of your plumbing is leaking, even a small amount of water can damage your home. In addition to this, plumbing leaks increase the moisture in the affected area and can create an ideal environment for mold to grow. Once mold takes hold, it can spread and affect other areas of your home. Mold growth is a common cause of reduced indoor air quality because the spores that it produces can cause an allergic reaction or more severe symptoms in some individuals.

Are you concerned about the quality of your home’s indoor air? If so, then call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our Berkeley plumbers and AC technicians can address a broad range of problems that affect your home’s indoor air quality.

Why You Should Consider Having Your Air Ducts Cleaned This Fall

If you are planning on scheduling services for your heating system this season, you may want to ask your HVAC maintenance professional about the benefits of air duct cleaning. Over the spring and summer months, your air ducts can get clogged with pollen, dirt, dust, and other allergens. During an air duct cleaning appointment, a technician will use specialized suction equipment to completely remove all traces of dirty buildup and debris from your heating ducts. You will be left with a clean system that is ready to perform efficiently, throughout the winter season.

To hear more about the benefits of air duct cleaning, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. We are pleased to offer heating services in Berkeley, and we will get your HVAC system ready for the cold months that are ahead. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule your next heating service appointment.

Exploring the Benefits of Radiant Heating

The winter season will be here before you know it, and now is an important time to make sure that your heating system is up and running. If you are seeking an efficient and effective alternative to a traditional heating system, you may want to ask your HVAC technician about whether radiant heating is the right choice for you. By providing heat through your floors, radiant heating will be able to keep you cozy on the chilliest days. Here is an overview of some of the fantastic benefits of radiant heating.

Quiet Performance

Unlike forced air systems, which can be very loud when they are in operation, radiant heating systems are nearly soundless. In order to heat a specific area of your home, your radiant heat system will send hot water through a series of pipes that are installed under your floor panels. As water travels through these pipes, it will heat your home, without ambient noise.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

If a member of your family experiences indoor allergies, you may want to look into the air cleaning benefits of radiant heating. When you make the switch to radiant heating, you will no longer receive hot air through a dusty HVAC ductwork system. A sealed radiant heat unit will provide gentle heating to your home, without causing indoor air problems.

Enhanced Temperature Control

When you include radiant heating in a new home construction project, you will have precise control over the temperature level of each area of your house. To achieve the best level of temperature control, you can ask your contractor to install individually zoned thermostats that are connected to your radiant heat system.

To learn more about the terrific advantages that radiant heating has to offer you, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. For more than two decades, we have specialized in providing quality heating in Berkeley. For more information about our heating system services, give us a call at (510) 843-6904.

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