• Spotlight on Garbage Disposals

    When most people think of garbage disposals, they imagine a blender-like contraption down their sink with sharp blades chopping food into bits. In reality, there are no blades in a garbage disposal. Instead, a disposal consists of an impeller that’s mounted onto a spinning plate, which forces incoming food particles against a grind ring, which breaks everything down. Once the food has been ground into liquid, it’s all sent into your waste pipe, along with the flushing water.

    Disposals are designed to break down fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. Some of the more fibrous vegetables can be flushed down the disposal in very small pieces, but it is best to scrape these items into a trash can. Never put seeds, bones, rice, pasta, grease, or lard down a disposal.

    If you’re having trouble with your garbage disposal, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating . We do everything from duct cleaning to furnace repair in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties, and you can have us at your door by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Top Reasons to Schedule Duct Cleaning Services

    Duct cleaning is an essential service for homeowners in the Bay Area. From the humidity of summer to the colder winter months, it’s crucial to have your cooling and heating system working at maximum efficiency. When you go without having your ducts cleaned over long periods of time, it can degrade the air quality of your rooms, the health of your household, and the performance of your HVAC system. With an occasional cleaning of your ducts, your household will benefit in the following ways:

    Better Quality Air

    Over the course of a year, ducts can accumulate thick deposits of dust and dirt , which ultimately spread through your living quarters each time you activate the heater or AC. Not only can this cause nose and throat irritation, it can also aggravate the symptoms of allergy-prone members of your household. An annual duct cleaning will reduce potential health risks and lessen the amount of dust buildup around your house.

    Consistent Performance

    When dirt accumulates in your ducts, it can obstruct the performance of your HVAC system. This, in turn, will inhibit the flow of air and force the system to overexert itself. But with a professional cleaning, you’ll have optimal air flow and maximum performance from your heater and air conditioner.

    Reduced Mold

    The hot weather of Berkeley can lead to buildups of mold and bacteria in the ducts. In addition to the hazards that this can pose for the health of your household, it can also wear down the performance of your HVAC system. Having your ducts cleaned from time to time will keep your home free of these germs.

    If you are experiencing diminished performance of your cooling and heating system, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will get it working like new. For over 25 years, we have performed duct cleaning, furnace repair, water heater installation, and more in homes throughout Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. To bring our service specialists to your door, call (510) 843-6904.

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Water Heaters [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Your hot water heater is one of the most frequently used appliances in the home, and also one of the biggest components of your energy usage. Although conventional water heaters with tanks used to be the only option, there are now several different kinds of water heaters that can help you get the most energy-efficient output for your home. One big change is the boom in popularity of tankless water heaters that heat water on demand, thus reducing waste. Learn more about your water heater options in this Infographic from Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating . We offer water heater repairs in Berkeley, as well as installation services, and can help you select a water heater for your home that is adequate for your needs and helps cut your energy costs. Help your friends and family maximize the efficiency of their own water heaters by sharing this helpful information with them.

  • Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

    A clogged drain can cause a whole houseful of problems, so it is important to know how to keep your sinks, tubs, and toilets clear. Take a look at this video to learn how to minimize plumbing backups.

    In the video, you can learn what tools you might need when facing a clogged drain. You also learn how to avoid clogs in the first place. Your bathroom and kitchen drains can only handle so much. Do you know what you should avoid flushing or sending through the garbage disposal?

    If you have a stubborn clog in one of your drains, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We offer a whole range of plumbing, duct cleaning, and heater repair services in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties, and we’ll arrive at your house promptly when you give us a call.

  • Tips for Maintaining Your Heating and Cooling System

    In order to keep your heating and cooling system in optimal shape, it’s crucial to check the equipment on a semi-regular basis. With monthly filter cleaning and biannual maintenance—spring for the cooling unit; fall for the heating—you’ll be able to maximize the energy and reduce your bills during the hot and cold times of year.

    Biannual Maintenance

    To keep your heating and cooling system optimal and efficient, check the thermostat settings . Lubricate each part that moves; this will prevent the type of motor friction that causes energy overuse. Tighten the electrical connections, check the condensate drain for plugs, and ensure that the control system properly shuts on and off.

    Cooling and Heating Specifics

    For maximum cooling efficiency, clean the AC’s evaporator and condenser coils. If necessary, raise or lower the AC refrigerant level; the wrong level could lead to higher cooling costs. To ensure proper air flow and further boost efficiency, clean the blower components. For optimal heating performance, ensure that the heat exchanger is intact, the burner is clean, and that the gas or oil connectors are working properly.

    Monthly Maintenance

    Dust or change the air filters in your AC and heating unit every four to six weeks. Dirty filters can drag upon the equipment, spike your energy bills, and ultimately lead to a shorter life span for your system.

    If your cooling and heating system is having performance issues, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will clean it out, tune it up, and get it working like new. For the last quarter century, we have done furnace maintenance, water heater repair, and various other plumbing services at homes in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties. To learn more about our services or to have some of our trained workers come to your residence, visit us online or call us at (510) 843-6904.