• How Do Water Heaters Work?

     Water heaters fulfill two main functionsThey are a conductor of heat and an insulator. Within the tank itself, the metal components of the water heater make excellent heat conductors that can quickly warm water. But to prevent the heat from escaping to the outside area, which would be energyinefficient, the water heater also needs a thick layer of insulation. 

    You can learn more about the inner workings of water heaters when you watch the accompanying video. You’ll see a water heater disassembled to reveal the inner components, and you’ll learn the science behind how it all works. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers prompt and reliable water heater repairs and installations in the Berkeley area. You can reach a friendly associate at (510) 843-6904 to request residential or commercial plumbing services. 

  • What to Do When Your Water Heater Leaks

    The last thing you want to find in your home is a leak coming from your water heater, but leaky water heaters can and do happen. If your water heater is leaking, it will typically need to be fixed by your plumber, but there are some things you can do in the meantime to minimize the damage and prevent any safety issues. If your water heater leaks, take these steps.  

    Turn Off the Water Supply 

    The first thing you should do is turn off the water supply to your water heater. This will help to reduce the amount of water that can leak from the heater to whatever is actually in the tank. Your water heater should have a shut-off valve that looks like a wheel or a handle. If it is a wheel, turn it to the right, and if it is a handle, turn it so that it is facing the opposite direction. This should turn off the supply just to the water heater. If you can’t find the valve, then turn off the water supply to your entire home at the main supply line.  

    Turn Off the Power Supply 

    If you have an electric water heater, then turning off the power supply is as simple as flipping the switch in your breaker box. If you have a gas water heater, look for the shut-off valve on the gas line that supplies your water heater. Take caution when working with either electric or gas supplies.  

    Drain the Water Heater 

    Before your plumber arrives, drain the remaining water from the tank. You can do this by putting a large bucket by the drain valve and then attaching a hose. This will allow the water to flow out of the tank, so you shouldn’t have any more leaking until your plumber fixes your water heater.  

    If you’re experiencing water heater issues or another plumbing problem, choose Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating for repairs you can trust. To make an appointment with a service technician, call us today at (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.

  • 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. 

  • Why Is My Water Heater Noisy?

    It’s normal for water heaters to make a little noise. But if yours has been making abnormal noises, or if you’ve noticed a significant increase in the volume of noise, it’s time to call your plumber. Some water heaters make a popping or rumbling noise when they have sediment or scale buildup. It’s important to get the unit flushed when sediment accumulates. Otherwise, the efficiency will drop and eventually, the water heater will become corroded and leaky. Having a plumber flush your water heater now can extend its lifespan. 

    Some homeowners may notice a sizzling or hissing sound. Check the temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve automatically lets water out of the tank if excessive levels of pressure build up. If you do see any water coming out of this valve, then you should shut off the water heater and contact a plumber right away. 

    For expert water heater repair in the Berkeley area, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We also service and install tankless water heaters!

  • Cutting Costs with Your Water Heater

    Your water heater is responsible for an enormous share of your home energy costs. In this video, you can learn how to adjust the way your water heater works so you can save money on your power bills.

    Water heaters are usually set at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which may be warmer than you need, especially in the summer months. By adjusting that temperature downward, you can reduce your energy use while still having an adequate supply of hot water.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating , we are committed to helping homeowners have the most efficient plumbing systems and appliances in their homes. For everything from water heater repairs to tankless water heaters in Berkeley, call our plumbers at (510) 843-6904.

  • Understanding Water Heater Energy Regulations

    Saving energy helps to save the planet, which is one reason the government puts certain regulations in place regarding your water heater. These regulations can save you money as well, so watch this video to gain an understanding of the new water heater energy regulations.

    If you’re looking at smaller water heaters, today’s units will come with more insulation so you can enjoy extra efficiency. Bigger units can no longer connect to the chimney, and instead you’ll have to vent them directly to the outside. A hybrid heat pump takes wasted heat inside the building and uses it to heat your water, but it takes up more physical space.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we’re happy to discuss the energy regulations that apply to water heating in Berkeley. Call us at (510) 843-6904 or view our website to learn about our drain repair, duct cleaning, and water heater installation services .

  • Why Size Matters When It Comes to New Water Heater Installation

    When looking for a new water heater, you want to find an appliance that will provide enough hot water for your family while offering energy efficiency. If you’re exploring your options for new water heater installation, then it’s important to realize that size matters quite a bit.

    If you choose a high-capacity water heater that stores more hot water than your household needs, then you will waste energy and have unnecessarily high utility bills. On the other hand, choosing a water heater that is too small for your family’s needs may reduce your utility bills but leave you to suffer through cold showers. For these reasons, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor who can help you determine what type of water heater is best for your household, as well as what size.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating , we offer expert services for water heater installation in Berkeley. Please call us today at (510) 843-6904 to learn more.

  • How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

    Installing a new water heater is a significant investment for your household plumbing system. In order to figure out when it is time to replace your home’s water heater, you should consult with your plumber about the expected lifespan of your unit. Typically, water heaters are designed to last from about 8 to 12 years. The longevity of your water heater will be affected by certain factors, such as the quality of the initial installation, location of the unit, and whether or not is has received regular maintenance. If you want your water heater to last for as long as possible, be sure to set up routine repairs with a certified plumbing company.

    To schedule water heater repair in Berkeley , contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating by calling (510) 843-6904. Our company specializes in hot water heater installation and maintenance, and we will be able to make sure that your system lasts as long as possible. We will be pleased to assist you with all of your plumbing needs.

  • The Homeowner’s Water Heater Buying Guide

    Without a properly functioning water heater, your home’s plumbing system would be without hot water. If you have recently noticed that your water heater is starting to show some of signs of wearing out, you will want to purchase a new unit right away. Gathering information about water heaters before you buy will help you make the best decision for your plumbing system. Here is a guide to what every homeowner should know about water heaters.

    Compare Water Heater Styles

    Your plumber will be able to provide you with several different types of water heaters for your home. A big decision that you will need to make when you are purchasing a water heater is whether to buy a tankless or standard model. Tankless water heaters are suitable for smaller households, or families who want to save on their water heating bills.

    Evaluate Your Storage Space

    If you decide to go with a conventional water heater that is equipped with a tank, you will need to choose a unit that has the appropriate amount of hot water storage. A large home may need a water heater that holds 50 gallons of hot water in its tank. It is important to remember, however, that larger water heaters need bigger storage areas.

    Ask About Fuel Sources

    Water heaters can typically be powered by either natural gas or electricity. The type of fuel source that you use for heating your water will depend on how your home is already set up. If your plumber has already installed a natural gas line in your home, you will be able to purchase a gas-powered water heater.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating , we can provide you with water heater repair or new installations in Berkeley. From water heater installation to tankless water heater installation and more, there are many ways that we can restore your hot water system. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a new water heater installation for your home.