• Which Water Heater Is Right for Your Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]


    Today’s homeowners have many choices when shopping for a new water heater. Along with choosing the right size and brand, consumers have to make decisions regarding fuel type, efficiency standards, and traditional versus tankless models. Both tank and tankless water heaters offer several advantages to Berkeley homeowners. It’s important to understand the differences in efficiency, upfront cost, size, and lifetime savings when choosing the right type of water heater for your home. Take a look at this infographic from Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to learn more about water heating, tank and tankless models, and how much you can save by choosing a water heater eligible for the 2013 federal tax credit. If you have friends, family members, or neighbors interested in sustainability and savings, please share this infographic with them! 

  • For More Water Heater And Plumbing Leak Information Check Out These Great Resources

    Down the drain

    Explore the pages below to learn about old water heater problems and what to do if you find a leak in your home. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating  has the experience to handle any issue; get a great new high-efficiency tankless water heater installed or let us handle your plumbing problems when you call us at (510) 843-6904

  • Tips for Cutting Down on Your Home Water Use

    Cutting back on water use in the bathroom is one way to make an impact on your bill. A single eight-minute shower can use between 40 and 80 gallons of water, and showering in general may account for about 20% of your total water use.

    In order to reduce your water consumption, take shorter showers and consider low-flow showerheads. Don’t leave the faucet running when shaving or brushing your teeth, and stay on top of leaks in your plumbing fixtures. Always run full loads when washing clothes or dishes, and use less water when washing dishes manually. Check out this video for additional tips.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you recognize where you use the most water in your home and provide you with additional information and products to help you conserve. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to learn more.


  • Different Ways Old Water Heaters Can Fail

    Ancient Water Heater

    With regular maintenance and care from an experienced plumbing company , your water heater can last upwards of 20 years. However, time and neglect can take their toll. There are several ways that older water heaters can fail, either over time or all at once. Some problems cause a slow degradation of the water heater’s integrity and efficiency, while others can cause sudden and catastrophic leaks. Read on to learn a few of the ways old water heaters can fail:

    Sediment Buildup and Heating Element Failure
    One of the most important reasons to maintain your water heater is because sediment will build over time if you don’t. This is especially problematic for electric water heaters, as the electric heating element’s effectiveness can be severely compromised. Layers of sediment block the heat from affecting the water inside the tank, resulting in a burnt-out element. A sediment buildup can raise your bills whether you have a gas-fired or electric water heater, and shorten the unit’s life.

    Corrosion Problems and Leaks      
    Storage tank water heaters have an anti-corrosion measure already installed, called the “anode rod.” The anode rod is made of alloys that corrode before the material of the tank. Eventually, the rod will need to be replaced; if it is not, water’s corrosive effects can then focus on the skin of the water tank. Corrosion severely affects the integrity of a water heater, and can cause small leaks. Because corrosion has cumulative effects, neglect allows water pressure to eventually cause the tank to fail.

    It is very important to maintain your water heater to ensure you get the most life out of it. By recognizing the signs of an aging water heater and having yours inspected regularly by your plumber, you can decide when it’s time to have it replaced. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you choose the perfect new water heater for your home, or provide the attention your current one needs to last for years to come. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 or visit us online for more information.