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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.

How Trenchless Sewer Technology Can Keep You Open for Business

Your plumbing system needs to be fully functioning in order to keep your doors open and your business moving, and a clog in your sewer line can be a serious setback. There are a few ways you can have your sewer line checked out and repaired, but the trenchless method seems to be the most favorable. Read on and see how trenchless sewer technology helps your business stay open.

Before trenchless sewer technology, plumbers would have to dig up sewer pipes to find out where the problem lies. Today they can use trenchless technology to diagnose the problem without having to excavate your property. Trenchless sewer technology involves the use of a small, high-quality camera that goes through your sewer line and identifies the cause of the problem. This goes right into the sewer line without the need for any excavation, so you can keep your business open during the process.

Reach out to Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating if you think your business needs trenchless sewer repair, or visit our website to see what you should expect. Our Berkeley plumbers can handle anything from water heater installation to duct cleaning. Call our offices at (510) 843-6904 for more information.

What to Know About Condensing Furnaces

Regular furnace maintenance improves your heating system and extends its working life, but what kind of furnace do you need? Condensing furnaces make your home or business place more energy-efficient, but you need to choose the right size to get the best results. You also have to set up proper ventilation and drainage systems. Keep reading to learn more about condensing furnaces.

How Condensing Furnaces Improve Energy Efficiency

A condensing furnace is a high efficiency furnace, which means that it lowers your energy bills and your carbon footprint. They minimize heat loss with the help of a secondary heat exchanger. This lets you enjoy all of the heat that you pay for, rather than losing some of it in the process.

What Size You Need

Size is an important factor when choosing a heating unit. Anything that’s too big for your space will just end up wasting energy, and a small furnace might not be able to get the job done. That means the wrong size heating system can waste money and energy, while still failing to keep your space comfortable. Consider the space you’re trying to heat. A large commercial space will need more power than a studio apartment, so talk to your HVAC professional and find out what size best suits your situation.

How to Vent and Drain Properly

Installation is more important than ever when it comes to condensing furnaces, and there are some special considerations to think about as well. Condensing furnaces need drainage systems and ventilation. Ventilating a condensing furnace typically involves venting through a side wall with PVC pipes, which lets condensation return to the furnace to drain. You also need an effective drainage system that can remove water vapor after combustion, and your drain needs to be at the right pitch with unobstructed tubes.

Do you think a condensing furnace could be right for you? Contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating or look through our website to view the scope of our work. If you need residential plumbing services or a change in your heating in Berkeley, give us a call at (510) 843-6904 and see what we can do.

Shower and Tub Problems: When to Repair and When to Replace

Replacing your shower or your tub may seem like a daunting task, even if you use a professional plumber that you’ve known for years. Repairing can get the quick fixes done, but how long will it be until you need another repair? Think about how old your fixtures are, and make use of your plumber’s expertise. Here’s how to find out when to repair and when to replace your shower and tub.

Frequency of Repairs

Your shower and your bathtub should last for a long time. If you care for them properly and they were installed the right way, you shouldn’t run into too much trouble throughout their working lives. The bad news is that sometimes tubs and showers malfunction even if you do take care of them properly. Clogs, leaks, and water flow issues are common problems that you might encounter, but consider how often these problems happen to you in particular. If you’re calling your plumber to repair your shower or tub on a regular basis, it’s probably time for an overhaul.

Age of Appliances

The tub design and showerhead you chose 20 years ago might have seemed like the best choice at the time, but you may have changed your mind over the years. If you’ve noticed problems with your bathroom fixtures and appliances and they’ve only gotten worse, then a replacement might be in order. Showers and tubs don’t last forever, even if you maintain them the right way. Think about how old your bathroom plumbing appliances are when you decide whether you should repair them or replace them.

Second Opinions

The best way to determine if you should repair or replace any plumbing appliance is to talk to a qualified plumber. He or she can break down your options and tell you which option is best, as well as give you an idea of what to expect when you make a decision.

Whether you’re looking to repair or replace your Berkeley plumbing appliances, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We can save you from water leaks and improve your indoor air quality.

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