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The Importance of Preventative HVAC Maintenance

You depend on your car or truck to provide reliable transportation, which is why you go through all the trouble to change the oil, rotate the tires, and generally keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. The same should be true for your HVAC system. Without routine maintenance, your heating and cooling system can develop issues when you least expect them and when they are least appropriate—like in the middle of summer or during a particularly chilly evening. Here’s a look at the importance of preventative HVAC maintenance and how you can save time and money by hiring an HVAC repair company in Berkeley for all your maintenance needs.

Avoid Major HVAC Problems

If we use the car analogy again, simple and affordable preventative maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations can prevent major automotive problems. This is exactly what preventative maintenance does for your HVAC system. Changing the air filters, cleaning around the heating and cooling elements, and clearing the condensate drain can all keep your HVAC system running smoothly.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Preventative HVAC maintenance also has an unintended impact on your home’s indoor air quality. By keeping the filters and registers clean, you will reduce the amount of pollutants and irritants in the air. Anything you can do to improve indoor air quality will pay off in terms of your overall health and comfort inside your home.

Anticipate HVAC Replacement

Another benefit of preventative HVAC maintenance is that you (or your AC and furnace maintenance provider) can keep a close eye on your heating and cooling system and better anticipate when replacement is needed. The more time you have to save and shop around for a new air conditioner or heating system, the better off you’ll be.

To take the guesswork and labor out of preventative HVAC maintenance, contact the heating and cooling experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We provide high quality AC and furnace maintenance and repair in Berkeley. Call us at (510) 343-6350 to schedule an appointment.

Spotlight on Garbage Disposals

When most people think of garbage disposals, they imagine a blender-like contraption down their sink with sharp blades chopping food into bits. In reality, there are no blades in a garbage disposal. Instead, a disposal consists of an impeller that's mounted onto a spinning plate, which forces incoming food particles against a grind ring, which breaks everything down. Once the food has been ground into liquid, it's all sent into your waste pipe, along with the flushing water.

Disposals are designed to break down fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. Some of the more fibrous vegetables can be flushed down the disposal in very small pieces, but it is best to scrape these items into a trash can. Never put seeds, bones, rice, pasta, grease, or lard down a disposal.

If you're having trouble with your garbage disposal, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We do everything from duct cleaning to furnace repair in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties, and you can have us at your door by calling (510) 843-6904.

Top Reasons to Schedule Duct Cleaning Services

Duct cleaning is an essential service for homeowners in the Bay Area. From the humidity of summer to the colder winter months, it's crucial to have your cooling and heating system working at maximum efficiency. When you go without having your ducts cleaned over long periods of time, it can degrade the air quality of your rooms, the health of your household, and the performance of your HVAC system. With an occasional cleaning of your ducts, your household will benefit in the following ways:

Better Quality Air

Over the course of a year, ducts can accumulate thick deposits of dust and dirt, which ultimately spread through your living quarters each time you activate the heater or AC. Not only can this cause nose and throat irritation, it can also aggravate the symptoms of allergy-prone members of your household. An annual duct cleaning will reduce potential health risks and lessen the amount of dust buildup around your house.

Consistent Performance

When dirt accumulates in your ducts, it can obstruct the performance of your HVAC system. This, in turn, will inhibit the flow of air and force the system to overexert itself. But with a professional cleaning, you'll have optimal air flow and maximum performance from your heater and air conditioner.

Reduced Mold

The hot weather of Berkeley can lead to buildups of mold and bacteria in the ducts. In addition to the hazards that this can pose for the health of your household, it can also wear down the performance of your HVAC system. Having your ducts cleaned from time to time will keep your home free of these germs.

If you are experiencing diminished performance of your cooling and heating system, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will get it working like new. For over 25 years, we have performed duct cleaning, furnace repair, water heater installation, and more in homes throughout Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. To bring our service specialists to your door, call (510) 843-6904.

A Homeowner's Guide to Water Heaters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your hot water heater is one of the most frequently used appliances in the home, and also one of the biggest components of your energy usage. Although conventional water heaters with tanks used to be the only option, there are now several different kinds of water heaters that can help you get the most energy-efficient output for your home. One big change is the boom in popularity of tankless water heaters that heat water on demand, thus reducing waste. Learn more about your water heater options in this Infographic from Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We offer water heater repairs in Berkeley, as well as installation services, and can help you select a water heater for your home that is adequate for your needs and helps cut your energy costs. Help your friends and family maximize the efficiency of their own water heaters by sharing this helpful information with them.

Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

A clogged drain can cause a whole houseful of problems, so it is important to know how to keep your sinks, tubs, and toilets clear. Take a look at this video to learn how to minimize plumbing backups.

In the video, you can learn what tools you might need when facing a clogged drain. You also learn how to avoid clogs in the first place. Your bathroom and kitchen drains can only handle so much. Do you know what you should avoid flushing or sending through the garbage disposal?

If you have a stubborn clog in one of your drains, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We offer a whole range of plumbing, duct cleaning, and heater repair services in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties, and we'll arrive at your house promptly when you give us a call.

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