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Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

Although people tend to look at water heater repair as the cheaper option as compared to water heater replacement, it might save you money in the long run. In some cases, however, a simple repair may be all you need. Continue on if you’re wondering if you should repair or replace your water heater.

When it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace an appliance, the typical rule of thumb is to consider the costs of each and the anticipated lifespan of the unit. If you have a new water heater and it’s never been repaired before, one repair might be enough. On the other hand, it might be best to replace the unit if you have already called your plumber to repair your water heater on multiple occasions in the past. If you’re unsure what to do, ask your plumber his or her professional opinion.

Whether you need replacement, repair, or advice on which is right for you, Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating can help. In addition to water heater repair in Berkeley, we can help you with HVAC issues and other residential and commercial plumbing services. Check out our website or call us at (510) 843-6904 for details.

Symptoms That Mean Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Recognizing the need for furnace repair quickly is much more favorable than giving the problem time to wreak havoc on your heating system. If your energy bills spike out of nowhere, your home varies in temperature across the house, or your furnace is getting up there in age, repairs might be in order. Here is a closer look at these symptoms.

Higher Energy Bills

It is normal for a furnace or other heating system to drop in efficiency over the course of its working life, but a sharp drop suggests that something is going wrong. It may take a couple of seasons of use for you to figure out how much you typically spend on your furnace, but eventually you should have a relatively clear picture of the expense. You can typically assume that some sort of furnace repair is warranted if you look at your energy bill and realize that it has gone up substantially, despite using it the same way you normally would.

Uneven Heating

An elevated heating bill indicates that your heating system is working harder than it should. Since this makes it more difficult for the unit to do its job, it might not heat the entirety of the house to the extent that it should. These problems should both raise flags themselves, but if you experience them both together, you should call your AC and heating professional to diagnose and repair the problem.

Old Unit

If your furnace is ancient, then it’s probably best to replace it rather than repair it. However, it’s not unreasonable to undergo a repair or 2 before your heating system’s lifespan reaches its end. Keep the age of your furnace in mind when you’re considering if you should have it replaced or repaired, as repairing a furnace that needs replacement is a waste.

Be sure to call the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904 if it seems like you might be due for furnace repair. Our Berkeley plumbing services also include leak detection, duct cleaning, and burst pipe repair. View our website or stop by and meet us today.

Could You Benefit from a Wireless Thermostat?

Wires are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and even your heating system offers options to cut them out. Thermostat problems are common, but a wireless thermostat may be the ideal solution. Watch this video clip and see if you could benefit from a wireless thermostat.

What’s important to realize about a thermostat is that it gets information from the environment immediately around it. If you have a bedroom or living space on an upper floor of the house that isn’t getting enough heat, it could be due to the thermostat. A wireless thermostat can be placed anywhere and will afford you greater control over your comfort.

If you’re ready to install a wireless thermostat in your home, call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our plumbers in Berkeley can keep your home as comfortable and efficient as you deserve through our furnace maintenance and air quality services.

Identifying What Can Reduce Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

Your home should be a place of comfort, and that means the air in it should be clean and fresh. It’s wise to take active steps to make sure the air running through your AC and heating systems is clean. Keep reading for help in identifying what can reduce your home’s indoor air quality.

Mold Problems

One of the home’s most common hidden dangers is mold. A mold problem can be unpleasant to behold, but the effects it can have on your indoor air quality are much more disgusting. People typically suffer from the effects of mold by inhaling its spores; this can be hazardous for anyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for people who already have problems with their respiratory systems. In other cases, you may experience serious health symptoms from coming into physical contact with mold. Call your plumber to get to the bottom of the mold problem and have it eliminated.

Dirty Ducts

Mold spores spread around the house by traveling through the air, meaning that a significant amount can end up in your air ducts. This isn’t the only type of contaminant that can find a route through your air ducts, so it’s a good idea to have your AC and heating professional clean your ducts on a regular basis. This can improve your home’s indoor air quality as well as the health of everyone who lives in your house.

Indoor Pollutants

Some factors that reduce indoor air quality are beyond our control, but there are other elements that we bring in ourselves. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, hookah, or other tobacco products indoors can have a substantial impact on your indoor air quality, and it creates unnecessary problems. Simply step outside to enjoy a cigarette or kick the habit entirely; either way, your indoor air quality will improve greatly.

When it’s time to start thinking about air quality and air filtration, don’t wait to call your plumber in Berkeley. Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating can also offer water heater installation, furnace maintenance, and many other plumbing services. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 or visit our website for more information.

What Are Gas Log Fireplaces?

A fireplace makes a great addition to any home—in addition to heating your home, a fireplace can make a room feel comfortable and cozy. Traditional fireplaces require you to keep a supply of firewood handy and build a fire by hand each time you want one. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, offer convenience in addition to comfort and beauty.

A gas fireplace can be installed without a chimney, making it easy to add one to your home. These fireplaces often contain artificial logs to provide the appearance of a traditional fireplace, but use gas as fuel rather than wood. You can start a fire with a simple flip of a switch, with no worries about messy logs.

Are you interested in installing a gas fireplace in your home? Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has the products and services you need. Our heating technicians can help you choose the right gas log fireplace for your home, and install it in a timely manner. We also offer furnace repair, burst pipe repair, and many other services. To find out more about our heating services in Berkeley, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

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