• How Can a Furnace Cause a Carbon Monoxide Leak?

    The vast majority of furnaces are gas-burning appliances, and as a result, they produce carbon monoxide. It is the byproduct of the combustion that provides power to the furnace and heat to your home. As long as your furnace is operating correctly, this carbon monoxide production is completely safe. However, without regular furnace maintenance and fast repairs of any problems that develop, a leak could occur.  

    Furnaces sometimes develop cracks in the flue pipes or heat exchange. When this happens, instead of being vented to the outside of your home, carbon monoxide could mix with your interior air. This can be extremely dangerous to your family, and because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, you may not even know that it is present until your family experiences symptoms.  

    Furnace maintenance is the best way to prevent carbon monoxide leaks from occurring. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers comprehensive furnace services, including maintenance, repairs, and furnace installation in Berkeley. To schedule a service call with a plumber or heating technician, call (510) 843-6904. 

  • How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

    A faucet with a small drip might seem like more of an annoyance than a major water usage issue, but you may be surprised to know just how much water can be wasted with even a small drip. When you learn about the true cost of a leaky faucet, you will likely be calling your plumber for a fix as soon as you can. Watch this video to learn about the amount of water that can be wasted by a leaky faucet.  

    Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating when you have a leaky faucet, water heater problem, clogged drain, or other plumbing issues. Make an appointment with a plumber in Berkeley today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • What to Expect from a New Furnace Installation

    Buying a new furnace isn’t something that people do every day, so many homeowners aren’t sure what to expect from the process when their furnaces need to be replaced. The job can take as little as a few hours or as long as a few days, depending on your home and how much work needs to be done. Your heating technician will explain the timeline for your project before your furnace installation process begins. Here is a closer look at what to expect when you have a new furnace installed.  

    Preparing the Space 

    Before your furnace installation team arrives, you can help the process along by clearing out the space in which they will be working. It can also be helpful to make sure there is a clear path from the door into the workspace through which the furnace can be moved. Doing this before your technicians arrive will ensure that your belongings are safe and will help the installation process go a little faster.  

    Installing the Furnace 

    After removing your old furnace, your technicians will begin the process of putting the new one in place. During this time, your technicians will hook the furnace up to the power supply and connect the appropriate wires so that it works with your thermostat. They will also ensure that it is connected to the air ducts that transport heat throughout your home.  

    Testing the Furnace 

    Testing is a crucial part of the installation process. First, your ducts will be sealed to see if the airflow levels are adequate. If not, they will need to be fixed so that your system works efficiently. The different parts of the furnace will also be tested to ensure that there are no leaks that could introduce carbon monoxide into your home.  

    If you need assistance with furnace installation in Berkeley, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our experienced technicians provide safe installation, repairs, and maintenance, plus duct cleaning when necessary for peak system performance. Learn more about our services by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • Common Questions About Flushing Water Heaters

    Your water heater holds, heats, and dispatches large quantities of water daily. It’s not surprising that, over time, sediment from the water can build up in the tank. As this occurs, the sediment can clog lines and diminish the energy efficiency of your water heater. The solution to this is flushing the water heater, but many homeowners aren’t sure when they should flush their systems, and even if they should do it at all. Should you have your water heater flushed? Here are the answers to some common questions to help you make up your mind.  

    What happens when a hot water heater is flushed? 

    During the flushing process, your technician will use a hose to empty your tank and will then refill the tank with new water. This helps to flush the sediment out of the system so that your tank is clean again. Often, it is necessary to also clean the ventilation system, rods, and other system components.  

    Is it really necessary to flush a water heater? 

    Flushing your water heater will help your system work as efficiently as possible. As calcium, lime, and other materials build up on your tank, they form a barrier between the heat source and the water. This makes your heater have to work harder to reach and maintain the right water temperature, which in turn can cause your energy bills to spike and your supply of hot water to be diminished. The sediment can also enter the lines of the system, causing clogs and affecting the quality of your water. 

    How often should my water heater be flushed? 

    Generally, water heaters should be flushed once per year, but check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your system. If you live in an area in which you have hard water, you may need more frequent flushes.  

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating provides comprehensive water heater services, including flushing, maintenance, repairs, and replacement. Talk to our team today about water heater flushing or make an appointment with a plumber in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904.