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Don't Ignore These Indicators of a Failing Furnace

You need to know when it’s time for furnace repair or replacement, or you could find yourself without heat for an extended period of time. Heating systems will notify you when they’re on their way out, but you need to pick up on the signals. Watch this video and don’t ignore these indicators of a failing furnace.

Furnaces fail due to improper installation, wrong sizing, and age, but they’ll give you a heads-up before they burn out completely. A failing furnace will increase your utility bills, and it typically won’t keep your home or business as warm as it should be. Repairs tend to become more frequent, and they may increase in price every time.

Don’t wait to have your heating system repaired or replace. Instead, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Furnace repair is one of the many HVAC services that our plumbing service in Berkeley has to offer.

Signs of Sewer Line Problems

You shouldn’t take plumbing problems lightly, and you shouldn’t take your time before calling your plumber for repairs. Sewer line problems come with distinct symptoms like clogged drains and backed-up appliances, and they’re more likely to happen if you don’t maintain your system. Read on for a closer look at the signs of sewer line problems.


When you try to flush too much stuff down your toilet and it ends up clogging, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a problem with your sewer line. Drains are only meant to handle so much material at a time, so clogs will happen if you try to overload the appliance. On the other hand, if you use your appliances properly and take care of them but still experience clogs, the problem could indeed be coming from the sewer line.


A backup is a clear sign that something is wrong with your sewer line. Water should never back up from one appliance when you use a different one, so if your tub starts filling up when you flush your toilet, you should talk to your plumber. This could mean that there’s an obstruction in the sewer line that’s causing backflow. If you don’t have your plumber fix the issue, you could end up with sewage flowing backwards into your bathroom. In addition to being uncomfortable and annoying, this is also unhealthy. Keep an eye out for clogs and backups so you know if you should be concerned.

Lack of Maintenance

Small plumbing problems become big plumbing problems when you don’t take care of your system. Using your plumbing fixtures correctly, having your plumber inspect your system on a regular basis, and taking care of repairs before they spiral out of control can all help you avoid sewer line problems and the messes they cause.

Are you worried that you need sewer repair? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 or browse through our website. Our Berkeley plumbing team can offer trenchless sewer repair, so we can fix the problem without tearing up your lawn.

How Much Water Does Your Family Use?

Even environmentally responsible people need to use water to bathe, clean their clothes and dishes, and water their gardens. If you have a big family and you want to cut down on your water usage, remember to maintain your plumbing systems. Keep reading and think about how much water your family uses.

Your household uses water both inside and outside of the house. You use it to take a shower, wash your hands, and keep your garden alive, and if you’re healthy, you probably drink a few glasses of it every day. A large family may go through hundreds of gallons of water on a daily basis, and unfortunately, much of this water goes to waste. Plumbing leaks and inefficient appliances also contribute to more waste, so have your plumber inspect your system and upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances in order to save water.

Changing the way you use your Berkeley plumbing system can have a huge impact on the environment, and Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you make a difference. Look at our plumbing and HVAC website or call us at (510) 843-6904 to learn how to use less water.

Why Does My Water Stink?

Odd smells usually mean something’s up, so what does it mean when your water smells bad? In some cases you might need water heater repair, while in others you might just need a filter. Watch this video and see why your water stinks.

Foul smelling water usually isn’t a problem in the municipal water system, but groundwater collects hydrogen sulfide, which can enter the house and release as a gas. A filter can take care of the problem if it happens for both hot and cold water, but you might need water heater repair if you only notice the problem with hot water.

Stinky water might not be dangerous, but call a plumber in Berkeley so you don’t have to deal with the smell. You can reach Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 if you need emergency plumbing services, or visit our website for details.

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Furnace

If you frequently need furnace repair services even though you maintain your heater properly, the unit could be on its way out. You can’t go without a reliable heating system, so don’t settle for the cheapest one you can find. Think about how much maintenance your furnace will require, and look for energy efficiency. Here are some mistakes to avoid when buying a new furnace.

Cutting Corners

It’s easy to get mesmerized by a low price tag, but the up-front cost of your furnace and the amount of money you’ll put into it throughout its working life will be very different. Choosing a furnace is a matter of heating your home to a comfortable degree without expending an unnecessary amount of energy. A cheap furnace might seem like it fits right into your budget now, but it’s also more likely to break down and require repairs than a more durable unit, so you’ll spend more in the long run.

Missing Out on Efficiency

It’s becoming more and more clear how important efficiency is for our environment and our bank accounts. When it’s time for a furnace replacement, choose one with a high SEER rating. A higher SEER rating means the appliance is more energy-efficient, so you can save money on your energy bills while keeping your home warm and comfortable.

Forgetting About Maintenance

A heating system’s SEER rating describes how efficient it is, but it won’t stay efficient if you fail to maintain it. If you’re going to play it smart and drop a little extra money for more efficiency, don’t forget to maintain your furnace so its performance doesn’t drop off over time. Not everyone has the capability of maintaining their heating and cooling appliances themselves, but HVAC companies often offer maintenance plans. These help keep your HVAC units in top shape, and you won’t have to do anything but set up the appointment.

Efficient heating in Berkeley is essential, so let the professionals at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating help you make the right choice. See our website about our residential plumbing services, or call us at (510) 843-6904.

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