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Why Install a Gas Log Fireplace?

Have you always loved the idea of heating your home with a fireplace? You may have postponed fireplace installation because your house isn’t equipped for a traditional fireplace, or you were concerned about how the installation process would affect your home. Luckily, a gas log fireplace might solve these issues for you, and they offer additional benefits as well.

Ambiance

When you gather around your fireplace with your loved ones, the atmosphere that you will enjoy as the flames flicker and dance to bathe your living room in a warm and welcoming glow is difficult to beat. If you are looking for more ways to bring your family together in the same room, or for the perfect location to gather on cold wintery nights, then gas log fireplace installation may be right for your home.

Heating

When you choose to include a gas log fireplace as a part of your home’s heating system, you can enjoy several benefits. First, you will have a home heat source that offers visual interest and an attractive appearance, particularly while it is in use. Second, these fireplaces can help save you money on your heating costs, therefore reducing your monthly energy bills during the cooler months.

Convenience

While natural wood fireplaces can offer advantages, they can’t beat the convenience of a gas log fireplace. Choosing the gas fireplace option means that you can spend less time collecting, hauling, and purchasing firewood. Additionally, gas fireplaces eliminate the mess that firewood can create in your home and are often easier to install.

Versatility

When you choose to incorporate a gas log fireplace into your home’s setup, you’ll not only gain an attractive heating source, but you will also be able to customize its appearance to flow with and enhance your interior’s décor. Some popular fireplace materials include brick, stone, tile, wood, marble, and limestone.

If you think that a gas log fireplace could be beneficial for your home, then call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at (510) 843-6904. We provide a range of options for HVAC and home heating in Berkeley.

AC Maintenance Tips for the Summer

If you haven’t already, you may need to start cranking up the air conditioning in your home as temperatures outside rise. After your AC has been off all winter, you should perform some routine checks. Here are some easy maintenance tips to keep your AC running efficiently throughout the summer.

  • Change the air filters when they are dirty. Looking at the air filters is the first step to every AC maintenance or repair problem. Depending on how dirty your air filters get, you should only have to change them once or twice a year. However, sometimes air quality is low, so the air filter may need to be changed every month while the AC is running. This is especially true when there is an influx of dust and other irritants in the air.
  • Call your heating and cooling company to perform a maintenance check and cleaning of the entire system. Each year your AC goes without a professional cleaning, it can lose about 1% of its efficiency, causing you to pay more in utility costs for the same level of cooling.
  • Do routine checks throughout the summer. Make sure your thermostat is working, as well as the AC unit itself.

When you need maintenance on your AC in Berkeley, you know to call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We perform various HVAC and plumbing services for your convenience.

Signs That Your Garbage Disposal Needs Repair

People expect their plumbing and garbage disposals to work consistently, but residential plumbing systems and appliances need upkeep to continue working at optimal efficiency. Sometimes, it may be necessary to call on your local plumber for key services like garbage disposal repairs to keep your home in working order. Here’s a look at some of the leading signs that your garbage disposal needs a tune-up:

It’s Smelly

The kitchen is surrounded by food, plumbing, and trash, so it is likely that there will be a bad smell every once in a while. If you notice the smell coming from your sink, or directly from your garbage disposal, then you may want to get a better look at it. It is possible there could be rotting food that was never disposed of in the unit. Your garbage disposal is supposed to mash up and dispose of almost any leftover food that enters it. If there is rotting food in it, or a rotting smell constantly coming from the sink, then there may be a problem with the motor or a clog within the unit/

It’s Making Odd Noises

Almost everyone has made the mistake of letting a spoon or fork slip into the disposal. The accompanying sound is an awful metal on metal racket. If you notice this sound, or something else just as ear-wrenching, turn the disposal off immediately. Never stick your hand in a running or plugged in garbage disposal. Look in the unit for any possible non-food item causing the noise, and take it out. If the noise continues, or you do not find anything, look into getting your disposal repaired.

It’s Working Too Hard

When a lot of food is in the disposal, it will sound like it is working hard, but that sound typically goes away within a few seconds. If the sound occurs even when there is very little in the disposal, or after all of the food has gone away, then you should look into a disposal repair.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has the best plumbing service in Berkeley. Our phone service is always open, and we are waiting to help you at (510) 843-6904.

Water Heaters 101

It is no secret that buying a water heater can be a big investment. This is why homeowners around the country look for the most efficient water heaters available.

Watch the short video to learn more about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star water heaters. With an efficient water heater installation, the average family can save over $3000 during the course of a water heater’s lifetime. They will also pay off their investment with added savings in just 2 years.

Whether you need a water heater, or air conditioning service in Berkeley, give Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating a call. We specialize in all aspects of plumbing and HVAC systems, and we have over 30 years of experience. Call the trained professionals of Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 to schedule service in your home.

Tips for Preparing for Your Water Heater Installation

The time has come to get a new water heater. There are not many tasks you need to perform before the plumber or installer arrives. However, you can make the installation go a little bit quicker with these helpful tips:

Move Items Out of the Way

Your plumber needs to reach the old water heater or the area where the new one will go. Make sure everything that can be moved is out of the way. This means cars should be on the driveway or street if the water heater is located in the garage. Any tool boxes, trash barrels, or boxes should be moved, as well. Once you have cleaned the area out, try to keep it cleaned after the new water heater installation. It is best to keep this area free from obstructions should any repairs or maintenance need to take place.

Do Not Plan to Use Water

When the plumber comes with your new water heater, he will have to shut off the water. Depending on the type of water heater you purchase, the water may only need to be off for a couple hours, but sometimes it may be longer. Get all of your important water needs—such as showers, washing dishes, etc.—out of the way before the plumber arrives. If you have any further concerns, ask the plumber for an estimate of how long the water will be off.

Stay Available

It is unlikely that the plumber will need your help with anything, but you should remain available and at the house during the installation. Your plumber may need access to certain areas of the house to turn the water on or reach the water heater cabinet. It is best to have an adult in the house who can help with this or answer any questions needed.

Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating handle your water heater installation in Berkeley. We have several brands of water heaters available. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 to get started on your installation.

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