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Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Water heaters use a large portion of the energy most homes consume, yet many people overlook this appliance until it breaks down. Watch this video clip for a quick tip to help you keep your water heater in shape.

In the video, Angie from Angie's List suggests draining a small amount of water directly from the tank on occasion. This keeps sediment buildup to a minimum, which is good for a variety of reasons.

If you need a bit more than basic maintenance, or even if you'd just like a hand with simple water heater and plumbing tasks, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating online or at (510) 343-6350. We are happy to serve businesses and homeowners in Berkeley and beyond.

Are You Ready for a New Furnace Installation?

Americans from the Bay Area to Buffalo have seen some pretty cold winters in recent years, so everyone is keenly aware of the value of a heater or furnace. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to determine whether you're going to need a new furnace before the next string of cold nights. Ask yourself a few of these questions and then call a furnace repair and installation expert:

How old is your furnace?

If your furnace is more than 16 years old, it may be closing in on the end of its useful life. Rather than waiting until you have to face a cold night, replace a furnace that is on its way out. Old furnaces can become inefficient, expensive to repair, and even quite dangerous.

Do you want lower energy bills?

The older your furnace is, the more outdated it is in terms of technology and efficiency. Old furnaces, as well as faulty furnaces, can burn through your bank account with wasted fuel and energy. Buying new furnace may not be your favorite way to spend money, but it will pay itself off when you see the difference in the cost of your monthly utilities.

Are you concerned about your family's health?

Of course you are concerned about your family's health, but you may not see all of the risks. A bad furnace can pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home. If you have the slightest reason to think this could be happening, contact a furnace repair service. It's also a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Will you be able to afford emergency repairs or replacement?

If your furnace gives out one day—or worse, one night—you will be forced to fix or replace it in a hurry. This limits your ability to shop for deals and may come at a time when your bank account isn't up to the task. Consider looking into a new furnace installation when it is most convenient to you.

When you need a new furnace installation, you can count on Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We have served Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties for over 25 years. For more information or a free estimate, call us at (510) 343-6350.

Top Signs that Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Every cold winter morning, countless students and professionals across Berkeley take their water heaters for granted. Hot showers are crucial to the morning routine, so it can feel like a bit of an emergency when the water heater fails. Take a look at the following signs to learn how you can avoid cold morning showers by keeping up with water heater maintenance and repairs:

Strange Sounds

You've heard the normal sounds that your water heater makes every time you use it, and those are no cause for concern. However, if you hear loud pops and cracks coming from your tank, it means there is an issue with the heating element. Call a plumbing professional if you've noticed changes in the sounds your water heater makes.

Impure Water

Water coming from the heater should look, smell, and taste just like cold water. If you notice chunks of sediment, rusty or muddy colors, strange smells, or a metallic taste in your hot water, your water heater may be on its way out. Carefully drain the tank if you know how and want to inspect it further, or call a water heater expert for help.

Water Leaks

A leaky tank is a rather obvious issue. This indicates a structural failure that could lead to expensive problems if not addressed. Contact a plumber as soon as you notice a leak to prevent water damage or mold growth.

Temperature Fluctuations

If your water heater gives you the occasional burst of cooler water or seems to be delivering less hot water before running cold, you may be facing an electrical issue or an excess of sediment buildup. Your local plumber can help you figure out and fix the problem.

To learn more about keeping your water heater in working order or finding a better water heater for your home, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating online or at (510) 343-6350. We serve the Berkeley area with top-notch plumbing, furnace repair, and tankless water heater installation.

Draining a Water Heater Tank

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. 

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