• Why Does My Furnace Keep Cycling On and Off?

    When the temperatures dip outside, you rely on your furnace to keep your family comfortable and warm. However, things don’t always go as expected. Sometimes, you may switch your heating on and find that your furnace seems to be switching on and off, over and over again. Is the on/off cycling a sign of a problem, and when should you call your furnace repair service? Here are some of the potential explanations for furnaces turning on and off.  

    It’s colder outside than normal.  

    Furnaces are supposed to switch on and off, as they maintain the desired temperature for your home. In most cases, furnaces turn off and on between three and eight times every hour when you are running your heating. However, when temperatures fall below freezing, it’s normal for furnaces to turn on and off more often than normal. If the temperatures are colder than is typical for your area, you may notice the furnace going on and off more than you’re used to, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is an issue.  

    Your filter needs to be changed. 

    A dirty filter impacts your heating system’s efficiency, which in turn can cause your furnace to turn off and on more frequently. Ideally, you should change your air filters every 30 days. This will maximize the efficiency of your heating system while improving your indoor air quality.  

    Your thermostat needs to be moved.  

    Your thermostat should be in a place where it can’t be influenced by appliances that generate hot or cold air. If yours is close to the stove or dryer, for example, your furnace will go on and off more often than it should, because the thermostat doesn’t accurately reflect the interior temperature. 

    When problems occur with your heating, ignoring them could allow the damage to get worse, leading to more costly repairs. If you notice your furnace turning on and off more often than normal, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our experienced team offers full furnace maintenance and repairs in Berkeley and can get your system back to top condition. To make an appointment, call (510) 843-6904.  

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Is Your Furnace Ready for Falling Temperatures?

    Berkeley, CA isn’t exactly known for freezing weather, but it does get chillier during the winter months, especially overnight. Unfortunately, since Californian families aren’t accustomed to relying heavily on their furnaces, not all of them schedule routine maintenance every fall. Skipping an annual inspection increases the likelihood of needing costlier furnace repairs, and it can also shorten the overall lifespan of the HVAC system. It may also mean that potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks go undetected. Keep your family comfortable this winter and protect their safety by scheduling an inspection and maintenance visit for your furnace. 

    Air Filter 

    One of the tasks the HVAC technician will take care of for you is the air filter replacement. The air filter should be replaced before you turn on the furnace for the first time in the fall. The technician will let you know how often it should be replaced after that point. You could also ask whether you should upgrade your air filter. If you’re currently using a flat filter, the technician may recommend a HEPA, pleated, or electrostatic filter to improve energy efficiency and function. 

    Air Vents, Ducts, and Exhaust Flue 

    Air vent and ductwork cleaning isn’t typically part of an annual furnace inspection, but you should get it done every year, regardless. As the temperatures drop, your family will keep the windows closed and turn on the heating system. That means the air can get stuffy, especially if you have dirty ductwork and vents. Ask the technician about scheduling a cleaning. You should also get the exhaust flue checked to ensure it isn’t obstructed by vegetation or animal nests. 

    Heat Exchanger and Blower Belt 

    During your service visit, the HVAC technician will inspect the heat exchanger. He or she can perform a test to ensure that the heat exchanger isn’t cracked, which would allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home. The technician will also inspect the blower belt, and replace it if it’s cracked. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating provides exceptional service at affordable prices. To schedule an annual heating inspection in Berkeley, call us today at (510) 843-6904. Our HVAC maintenance services can help extend the longevity of your furnace and mitigate future costs. 

  • 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. 

  • Common Causes of Furnace Failure

    It’s easy to ignore your HVAC system most of the year. When it’s working as it should, you won’t notice it at all since your family will be comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The best way to keep your furnace working well year-round is to have a plumbing and heating expert maintain it regularly. Regular service appointments can prevent many costly furnace repairs , and help your furnace have a longer lifespan.

    Pilot Light Problems

    Depending on how old your furnace is, it may have a pilot light. The pilot light is responsible for igniting the burners. If your heating system isn’t turning on at all, even after you turn up the thermostat, the problem could be a faulty pilot light. Ordinarily, pilot lights should be blue. If yours looks yellow, turn off the furnace and immediately call a plumbing and heating expert. A yellow pilot light could also indicate a carbon monoxide leak. Getting your furnace serviced every year should prevent pilot light problems.

    Clogged Furnace Filter

    The filter in your furnace is intended to keep the air in your home cleaner. It traps pollen, dust, pet dander, and other airborne debris, and keeps it out of your indoor air. But filters do much more than help your family breathe better. They also let your furnace run more efficiently. If a filter is clogged, air can’t flow properly and the furnace can malfunction. Your HVAC technician can check your filter at the yearly maintenance appointment, but it may need to be replaced sooner than this. Ask the technician if your filter should be cleaned or replaced more than once per year.

    Blower Motor Malfunction

    If your furnace appears to be igniting and turning on, but your home isn’t heating up, then you may have a blower motor problem. The blower motor, also called the fan motor, is part of the system that circulates the air through your home. The HVAC technician may need to replace this part. He or she will also check the other components of this system, including the belts and bearings, and replace them as needed.

    For more than three decades, Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating has built a sterling reputation for excellent customer service and highly trained, courteous technicians. Our experts can service your heating system in Berkeley, or provide furnace repairs or a new furnace installation as needed. You can reach a friendly staff member at (510) 843-6904.

  • How Can I Tell How Efficient My Furnace Is?

    Your furnace demands a major share of your home’s energy, so it’s important to ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible. If you haven’t evaluated your furnace in some time, you could be overpaying for heating and using more energy than you have to. These tips will help you determine how efficient your furnace really is.

    Check Your AFUE Ratings

    AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This rating gives you an idea of how much energy your furnace requires to produce a specific amount of heat. By checking your AFUE rating, you can learn a lot about the efficiency of your system. If you have an AFUE rating of 85%, for example, 85% of the energy used by your furnace creates heating, while 15% of it is lost through inefficiency. Keep in mind that AFUE doesn’t tell the whole picture about energy loss, but it does give you a good starting point to consider aspects of efficiency.

    Find Out When Your Last Furnace Maintenance Service Was

    Furnace maintenance is something that frequently falls by the wayside, but ignoring maintenance needs allows your furnace’s efficiency to dip. Check your records to find out when your last maintenance appointment was. If it wasn’t in the last year, there is a good chance that your furnace is not operating efficiently. Schedule a maintenance appointment and consider enrolling in a furnace maintenance plan so that you don’t fall behind again.

    Review Your Energy Bills

    Rising energy bills are a clear indicator of a change in efficiency. Sometimes, a spike is obvious, but in other cases, your energy costs may slowly rise in a way that you don’t even notice. Review your bills over the past several months to see if there is a steady increase. If so, your furnace could be to blame.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating offers a range of furnace service, from furnace repairs and maintenance to replacement. For furnace service in Berkeley , call us today at (510) 843-6904.

  • Which Air Filter Should My Furnace Use?

    Since North American homes typically use forced air systems for heating and cooling, your appliances need clean filters. Dirty filters can bring down your indoor air quality and overwork your HVAC appliances. Watch this video for help picking an air filter for your furnace.

    The best air filters are the ones that have the most surface area. Pleated filters add more surface area to the same size space, so there’s more of the filter to catch dust and debris. Pleated filters that also have electrostatic charges are even better, because dirt particles stick to the filter more easily. Look at the size of your existing filter to find the right size for your replacement.

    If you have any questions about heating in Berkeley , call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We can help improve your air quality as well as take care of water leaks and drain repair.

  • Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Buying a New Furnace

    You should only spend so much money on heating repair before you think about getting a new unit . The new heating appliance should fit in your space and offer the heat you need, so look for an efficient furnace. Read on to gain some insight about the questions to ask your contractor before replacing your furnace.

    What size should it be?

    It’s easy to narrow down your options for heating appliances when you start by thinking about the size you need. If you don’t live in a mansion, you’re probably not going to need the biggest furnace on the market. Pick a furnace that makes sense for the size of the space you need to heat. Anything bigger will be wasteful and more expensive, and undersized heating units might not be strong enough to keep the space warm. If you don’t know what size is ideal for your space, your HVAC contractor can lend a hand.

    How do I find an efficient furnace?

    The AFUE rating is used to describe the efficiency of a furnace. Since you can find a sticker with this information on each unit, you can compare appliances and make an informed decision. Remember that more expensive appliances might return your money in the long run.

    Are you qualified?

    If you work with your heating contractor to both find the right furnace and have it installed, you should double-check your contractor’s credentials. Unlicensed and unqualified heating “professionals” may not have the unit installed properly, which could result in a number of problems. Poor installation will start you off on the wrong foot and can take away from your furnace’s efficiency. It might also fail sooner and more frequently than it should. Only work with licensed and insured plumbing and HVAC companies to protect yourself and your investment.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can answer any questions you have about heating in Berkeley. Our residential and commercial plumbing professionals will help you find the right heater and help with the furnace installation process. Reach out to us today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Don’t Ignore These Indicators of a Failing Furnace

    You need to know when it’s time for furnace repair or replacement, or you could find yourself without heat for an extended period of time. Heating systems will notify you when they’re on their way out, but you need to pick up on the signals. Watch this video and don’t ignore these indicators of a failing furnace.

    Furnaces fail due to improper installation, wrong sizing, and age, but they’ll give you a heads-up before they burn out completely. A failing furnace will increase your utility bills, and it typically won’t keep your home or business as warm as it should be. Repairs tend to become more frequent, and they may increase in price every time.

    Don’t wait to have your heating system repaired or replace. Instead, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Furnace repair is one of the many HVAC services that our plumbing service in Berkeley has to offer.