• Why Isn’t My Garbage Disposal Working?

    Having a garbage disposal that is out of commission is both inconvenient and disruptive. Disposals seem to have a knack for breaking down at the worst possible time, such as when the family is over for a holiday meal, so taking steps to keep yours in good condition can help you avoid this kind of hassle. If your garbage disposal isn’t working, contact your plumber, who can determine the cause and make the appropriate repairs. These are some of the most common reasons that disposals stop working:  

    Something is stuck in the drain. 

    Many people think that they can throw anything down the garbage disposal and that the blades will grind it up, but that is not the case. In fact, garbage disposals are surprisingly sensitive, and items can easily become stuck. Grease, coffee grounds, pasta, potato peels, rice, and bones are just some of the items that frequently get stuck and cause garbage disposals to break down. If you think something is stuck, don’t attempt to dislodge it on your own, which could lead to injury. Instead, call your plumber for repairs.  

    It’s too old.  

    Over time, garbage disposals simply age out. The motor stops working, which makes the disposal not run. When this happens, the most cost-effective solution is usually replacing the disposal rather than repairing it. Typically, a garbage disposal will last for 12 years before it needs to be replaced.  

    There is a problem with the electrical wiring.  

    Sometimes, the problem with the disposal isn’t the unit itself but rather the electrical wiring attached to it. Check the fuse box any time your disposal isn’t working to see if a circuit has tripped. If not, call your plumber, who can determine what the issue is and whether you need electrical repairs.  

    If problems start with your garbage disposal, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our plumbers in Berkeley can figure out the source of the problem and restore your disposal to working order. Schedule a service call by dialing (510) 843-6904. 

  • Thermostat Dos and Don’ts

    Setting your thermostat correctly allows you to use your heating and air conditioning as efficiently as possible while ensuring that your home stays comfortable. There is a lot of conflicting information about how to use your thermostat and how to set temperatures to maximize both comfort and efficiency. This information will help you make the right choices for your home. 

    One common mistake people make is setting their heating or air conditioning to extreme temperatures to heat or cool the space faster. This doesn’t make the system work faster; it just makes it work until it reaches that temperature. You should, however, adjust your thermostat when you’re not home, so you don’t waste energy. A smart thermostat can help with this. Resist the temptation to tweak your temperature constantly. All that this does is make your system switch off and on continually, wasting energy.  

    For more information about HVAC efficiency, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our techs can help you get the most out of your heating and cooling while keeping your home comfortable. For heating and air conditioning service in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904.

  • What Is an Ideal Temperature for a Water Heater?

    Setting your hot water heater at a temperature that is too hot wastes energy and drives up your energy costs, while a setting that is too cool will bring lots of frustration. What is the best temperature for your water heater, so you have the hot water you need without the waste? 

    Watch this video to learn more about setting your water heater temperature. In most cases, 120 degrees F is the best temperature for efficiency and hot water supply. In the past, 140 degrees F was a common temperature, but today’s dishwashers heat water independently, making it possible to keep temperatures lower.  

    Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating help you choose and maintain an efficient water heater in Berkeley. For more information, call our plumbers today at (510) 843-6904.

  • FAQs and Answers About Indoor Air Quality

    Poor indoor air quality can compromise your health and the health of your family. It can also make your home feel dusty and smell stale and musty. Indoor air quality issues are more common than you may think, but your heating and air conditioning technician can help you determine if you have a problem in your home and decide how to tackle it. Homeowners often have questions about indoor air quality and how it could be affecting them. Here are the answers to some of the questions our HVAC team hears often.  

    Is poor indoor air quality a common problem? 

    Most people think of outdoor air pollution when they think of air quality issues. In reality, the air inside your home is likely to be significantly more polluted than the air outside—according to EPA estimates, as much as two to five times more polluted. Even if you don’t notice any clear signs of indoor air quality issues, there is a good chance that the air you and your family are breathing is not as clean as it should be. Mold, pollen, dander, and off-gases from volatile organic compounds in your home all come together to make the air polluted, and your HVAC circulates that polluted air throughout the house.  

    What are some of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality? 

    Respiratory symptoms are the most common signs of poor indoor air quality. Sore throats, runny noses, coughs, and sneezing are all signs of irritation by air pollutants. Some people also experience rashes, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Young people and seniors are the most likely to be affected by indoor air pollution.  

    How can indoor air quality be improved? 

    Call an HVAC technician to inspect and clean your ductwork to remove any pollutants that are in the air. Changing your filters often will also help. Check your cleaning products to ensure that they are as low in chemicals as possible.  

    Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating help your family breathe a little easier with indoor air quality services by our HVAC team. Schedule an appointment for duct cleaning in Berkley today by calling (510) 843-6904.