Here are 4 signs your old water heater is in trouble

From showers to dishes and laundry, your home depends on a working water heater. When your water heater stops working, it can be a huge disruption. In this blog, we’ll review the signs that your old water heater is in trouble—and what to do to correct the problem.

The signs an old water heater is struggling

Nothing lasts forever, and that’s almost doubly true for water heaters. After all, that combination of heat, water, and metal can only last for so long. Here are the signs it’s time to upgrade to a new water heater.

#1. Less hot water than there used to be

All standard water heaters have a sacrificial anode rod within them that “absorbs” the rust, protecting the outside tank walls from damage. However, eventually, this anode rod is spent, and the rust and calcium buildup comes for the tank body itself.

As this rust builds up day-after-day, year-after-year, eventually it begins to fill the space within the tank. Left unchecked, this can lead to a noticeable reduction in the amount of hot water your system can provide at once, since there’s physically less room to store hot water in the tank.

#2. The water is less hot than it used to be

If you’re finding that your home’s water is less “hot” and more “moderately lukewarm,” it might be a sign that your old water heater needs to be repaired or replaced.

Warm, not hot, water could be a sign of different problems. It could be an issue with the heating element itself. Or, that aforementioned reduction in tank space could be the culprit. Either way, there’s a point where a water heater just won’t be able to keep up.

#3. You’re seeing rust in the water supply

Ok, so that anode rod we mentioned earlier? After it’s gone, the tank itself will begin to rust. This rust will begin to leech into the hot water supply that’s going to your home, causing rust-colored water to appear, either consistently or once in a while.

But, here’s a problem. How do you know if the rusty water is from your old water heater or your (even older) water pipes? Obviously, the latter is a much bigger problem than the former.

Turn the tap to hot and see if you notice the rusty water. Then, turn off the hot tap entirely. If the rust coloration goes away, it’s likely the water heater that’s the problem.

#4. The tank is leaking

We saved this one for last, but it’s the one thing you should immediately call us about. If your hot water tank is leaking, it’s time for a new one, since it’s very likely that the hull has been compromised.

A leaking tank is never just a nuisance. Left untreated, even the smallest crack in a tank can lead to a tank burst, which can completely destroy your garage, flood your home, and—generally—make for a really, really terrible day.

If you suspect that your older water heater is leaking, has a hairline fracture, or other problems, contact Air Control immediately.

Call Air Control for water heater services

Air Control is proud to provide Lake Havasu City and Mohave County with water heater repair and installation services. If you’re ready to change out your old water heater for a new one, contact us.

Here are the reasons why your home’s attic insulation matters

For most Arizona homeowners, the attic is left out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Unlike in other areas of the country, very few of us use our attics for long-term storage; instead, our attics are best used for attic insulation.

But, how much insulation is enough? Is it worth adding more? In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of attic insulation—and how it can save you money in both the winter and summers ahead.

Insulation Service in Lake HavasuInsulation prevents heat from getting in and cold from getting out

Let’s talk summers first, since we all know that the summers here in Lake Havasu City are the main priority when talking about energy-efficiency.

On the hottest of summer afternoons, your home’s roof is bathed in sunlight. Your roof absorbs much of this heat energy, but some of it goes through the tile, shingles, or other roofing material, heating up the attic. Meanwhile, your air conditioner is keeping the living spaces of your home cool and comfortable.

Not having sufficient insulation hurts you on two fronts. First, that heat energy has a much easier time getting into the living spaces of your home, which means your air conditioner has to work that much harder—and use more energy—keeping your home comfortable. Second, it’s easier for the cooled air to escape.

In the winter, the same phenomenon happens, but in reverse. It’s actually more pronounced during the colder months of the year: since hot air rises, a lack of insulation means that your heat pump or furnace will have to double its efforts to keep your home comfortable.

Insulation is the layer that prevents this inefficient exchange of air. In the summer, good insulation prevents hot air from breaching the living spaces of your home and cold air from rising into the attic, out the roof, and being lost.

How do I know if I have enough attic insulation?

This can greatly depend on a number of factors. Generally, the newer the home, the more insulation is in it: the standards for insulating homes have become more stringent in the past 30 years. However, this can greatly depend on the builder or what a previous owner might have done to the home.

Truthfully, all homes—even new ones with insulation that’s up to the standards of modern home builders—could probably use more insulation.

Insulation is measured by something called “R-Value.” This determines what kind of insulation you need, depending on where in the country you are. For example, Lake Havasu City and most of Mohave County is in Zone 3. (See a map)

The zoning will determine how many inches of insulation are recommended in your home. Again, for Zone 3 homes, 30-38 inches of insulation is what is officially recommended if you have a gas furnace. (See chart)

Are there other benefits to getting more attic insulation?

Yes, there are. For example, many utility companies, local governments, county governments, and the state of Arizona offer rebates for insulation installation. Here are some residential insulation rebates available right now.

How do I get more insulation installed?

Air Control Home Services offers professional attic insulation installation here in Lake Havasu City. We use spray-in insulation. This is easy to apply in your attic, fits around obstructions such as support beams, and offers superior cooling and heating retention for your home.

One of the best ways to identify if your home can use additional insulation is to give us a call and schedule a home energy audit. In addition to checking your insulation depth, this audit will find all sorts of other ways you can save on your monthly energy bills.