• Your Guide to Furnace Maintenance

    Furnace Maintenance

    Did you know that the best time to schedule furnace maintenance is in the spring or fall? During this time, demand for HVAC service is relatively low, and if a problem is found in your system, you’ll have plenty of time to get it fixed before winter. To learn more about why furnace maintenance is important and what it entails, read on.

    The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

    Furnace maintenance extends the life of your furnace and reduces the likelihood that you will need a major furnace repair . It also ensures that your heating system performs well during the winter, and that it achieves optimal fuel efficiency. In all, annual furnace maintenance saves you money while making your home more comfortable.

    Cleaning the Furnace

    Because dirt is a furnace’s biggest enemy, an HVAC repair specialist will thoroughly clean the three main components of the furnace: the blower, the motor, and the filter system. The entire blower system will be cleaned both with a vacuum and a small brush. Then the belts, pulleys, and motor will be wiped down. The technician will replace the furnace filter as well; but for optimal efficiency and performance, you must replace the filter once a month during heating season.

    Lubricating the Furnace Motor

    The furnace motor can overheat fairly easily if it isn’t cleaned. If your furnace motor has an oil port, it must also be lubricated annually. All it needs is a few drops of 10-weight non-detergent motor oil at each port.

    Belt Adjustment or Replacement

    When the HVAC technician cleans and lubricates the furnace, he will inspect the belts on the blower and motor. If they are frayed or worn out, he will replace them. If the furnace appears to be making a strange noise because of a misadjusted fan or drive belt, the technician will tighten the belt slightly to fix the problem.

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  • Preventing Air Duct Contamination

    Abstract Bright light within Circular Air Conditioning Duct

    Your air ducts are responsible for controlling the quality of your indoor air. If your air ducts become contaminated with dirt or debris, your indoor air quality can suffer. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to prevent air duct contamination.

    First, it is always a good idea to change your air filters on a regular basis. In addition, have your air ducts inspected to make sure that there are no filters missing. Finally, it is a great idea to dust and vacuum your home on a routine basis. These simple steps will ensure that your home’s indoor air is clean and fresh throughout the year.

    To set up an indoor air quality inspection for your home, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating by calling (510) 843-6904. We provide the Oakland area with highly rated heating and plumbing services. From drain cleaning services to sewer inspections and more, we offer all the services you need to get your plumbing and heating systems in perfect working shape.

  • How to Correctly Insert a Furnace Air Filter

    Furnace filter

    Your furnace air filters are responsible for ventilating and filtering all of the air that travels through your home’s heating system. As your furnace creates heat, your furnace air filters trap and remove all dust, debris, and particles from the air. During the peak heating season of the year, your heating system may require a furnace air filter change as frequently as once every month. If you are planning on performing this service for your heating system, here are the steps of correctly inserting a furnace air filter.

    Locate the Filter

    In order to change your furnace filter , you must first locate the position of the existing filter. To find your furnace filter box, you can inspect your furnace air ducts. Typically the filter box is located adjacent to one of these ducts. Once you have found your filter box, you will be ready to remove the old filter.

    Take Out the Old Filter

    The next step of changing a furnace filter is to remove the old filter. To take the filter out, you can open the filter box. The filter will usually slide right out of the box. Once the filter is removed, you can inspect it for signs of debris and buildup.

    Insert the New Filter

    To properly insert the new filter, you should locate the airflow arrows. These arrows will indicate the proper orientation of the filter. Next, use these arrows to guide you as you slide the new filter into place. The filter should glide easily into position.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating , we can provide your furnace with a complete range of quality services. If your plumbing or heating system is in need of repairs, do not hesitate to contact our master technicians. We also offer highly rated plumbing, drain cleaning, and sewer inspection services for your home. To set up an appointment for your home in the Berkeley area, call us at (510) 843-6904.

  • It’s Allergy Season: Improving Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Have you been sniffing and sneezing your way through your days lately? It might not be a springtime cold—it could be allergies instead. Allergy season is in full swing in Berkeley, and you might not be safe from allergens even while you’re inside your own home. Your indoor air quality could be aggravating your allergies, especially if you haven’t had a duct cleaning recently. Allergens such as dust, dirt, mold, pollen, and pet dander can build up in your ductwork and recirculate throughout your home. You can improve your indoor air quality with duct cleaning, and simple steps like regular vacuuming and eliminating smoking inside. Check out this Infographic to learn more about how to improve the indoor air quality in your Berkeley home. Please share this important information with your friends and family!


  • What Is Gray Water?

    Gray water is defined as any water that is produced by a home, except for water that comes from the toilet. For example, your sink and shower each produce gray water. This water can be reused for other purposes, such as irrigating a garden. Although gray water is not clean enough to drink, it can provide an efficient alternative to fresh water in your yard. For more information about gray water, watch this video clip.

    The master plumbers at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you boost the efficiency of your plumbing system. We provide our customers in the Oakland area with a complete range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning and sewer inspections. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a plumbing appointment for your home today.