• Recognizing the Signs of Boiler Problems

    Although most boilers have a lifespan of at least 10 to 15 years, eventually even the best systems will need to be repaired or replaced. If you recognize the signs of a boiler problem, you may be able to call your plumber and get repairs performed before the issue gets worse, saving you from the need to replace the system prematurely. If you notice any of these signs of a boiler problem, then you can act quickly to call your plumber for repairs, potentially avoiding the need for more costly repairs or replacements.  

    Lack of Hot Water 

    A lack of hot water is one of the most obvious signs of a boiler problem. Sometimes, you may not be able to get any hot water at all, while in other instances, you may notice you have less hot water available than you used to. A lack of hot water can indicate issues with the radiators, temperature gauge, or pressure system within your boiler. Your plumber can pinpoint the specific cause and make the appropriate repairs.  

    Banging Sounds
    It’s not unusual to hear your boiler fire up and go to work, but it shouldn’t be consistently knocking and banging. Strange noises coming from your boiler often means that there is a problem with pipefittings or your pump. The louder the noise gets, the more severe the problem is likely to be. It’s best to call your plumber as soon as the unusual noises begin.  

    Pilot Light Extinguishing 

    Occasionally, a pilot light will go out because of a draft, but usually, there is another issue to blame. Sometimes, a build-up in the light fixture is responsible, while sometimes, a broken thermocouple is the problem. A gas supply issue can be the issue as well. Always have pilot light problems examined quickly, to avoid issues with carbon monoxide.  

    Whatever problem you’re experiencing with your boiler, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can provide fast, accurate repairs. To schedule a service call with one of our skilled plumbers in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904 

  • Comparing Boilers and Furnaces

    Both boilers and furnaces can both provide heat to homes, but they work in different ways. Which kind of heating is right for your home? This video offers some insight.  

    Boilers work by heating hot water and then using the steam to create heat for the home. Furnaces heat air that is then sent through your home through duct systems. There isn’t one system that is right for every home, and both systems can be energy-efficient. The trick is working with your plumber or heating repair company to ensure that your systems are working as effectively as possible.  

    If your heating needs attention, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our technicians offer fast repairs, installation, and seasonal maintenance for heating systems in Berkeley. Schedule a service call by dialing (510) 843-6904. 

  • Boiler Basics for New Homeowners

    “Boiler” is an antiquated term for a specific type of heating system. In years past, boilers were indeed used to boil water to heat homes with steam, but that’s no longer the case. Today, boilers can use either natural gas or oil to heat water, which is then distributed throughout the home to radiators. There, the heat from the water is given off to the surrounding area to heat the home. Since boilers are different from forced air furnaces, it’s important to contract with a plumbing company that has technicians who are knowledgeable about boiler repair .

    Questions to Ask About Your Boiler System

    If you’re considering purchasing a home with a boiler heating system, there are a few questions you should ask the realtor or the current homeowners. You should know if the boiler is a standard efficiency or high-efficiency model. You should also know what type of radiation the home has. It may have fin tube, baseboard, or cast iron radiators.

    Lifespan of a Typical Boiler

    New homeowners should also know the age of the current boiler. This allows you to budget for its eventual replacement. Of course, the life expectancy of any HVAC components depends largely on how well it was maintained. On average, a boiler that uses natural gas may last 10 to 15 years. If the boiler is a top-of-the-line model that is very well maintained, it may even last up to 20 years.

    Required Maintenance for Boilers

    A certified technician is your best source of information regarding the proper way to maintain your boiler. You should have it serviced every year. If you’ve just moved into your new home, you should get it serviced right away. Ask the technician to make any necessary adjustments to limit the amount of cycling the boiler does, which will improve its efficiency, and reduce its wear and tear.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is a team of certified plumbers serving Berkeley, CA. We offer fast and friendly boiler repair services, and thanks to our fully stocked fleet, we can provide the repair products on the spot. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a visit today.

  • Spotlight on Boiler Repair

    If you are experiencing warmer water temperatures than normal from your faucets, there may be a problem with your boiler. A broken boiler can be a dangerous problem, as unregulated temperature imbalances could burn your skin. In order to avoid any health risks, it is important to make sure that your water heater is in good condition.

    Unfortunately, fixing your own boiler isn’t exactly an easy task. These devices aren’t necessarily designed for the layman, so you could end up making things worse if you don’t know what you’re doing. Fortunately, an experienced plumber should be able to help with boiler repair. Alternatively, if your boiler is old enough, you might also want to consider replacing it with a newer water heater.

    Whatever you decide to do, it’s probably best to leave boiler repairs to the professionals. With 30 years of experience, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help with any water heater repair in Berkeley. If you need help with water heater repair or plumbing problems, call (510) 843-6904 to schedule an appointment.