Whether your current water heater needs repairs, or you need a new water heater installed, there’s a local team to call: Air Control! Our plumbers can help with all your water heater needs. We’re proud to install both standard and energy-efficient tankless systems in homes throughout Lake Havasu City. For service, call us today!

Six reasons your water heater isn’t performing as it should

At Air Control Home Services, we know that your water heater is an essential part of your home. It’s frustrating when your system isn’t operating like it should. In this blog, we discuss the reasons your water heater isn’t performing as it should be, from issues with the thermostat to sediment buildup.

signs you need a new water heaterIf you need water heater repair or replacement here in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, we’re the team to call. Have our plumbers get your water heater back to normal so you can get your life back to normal.

Reasons your water heater isn’t performing as it should

1. Thermostat issues causing numerous problems

Mind you, this isn’t the same thing as the thermostat on your wall that controls your air conditioning and heating systems. This is the temperature gauge and control on your water heater that sets the heat of the water.

Thermostat issues can lead to some of the following symptoms:

  • The water may be too hot
  • The water may be too cold
  • Hot water may dissipate too quickly
  • Reheating takes too long

In the event of the first problem, this is the perfect reason why you should have an anti-scald device installed on your water heater. Thermostat issues are serious, and can impact both your ability to shower and your energy bills. Call our team for fast, reliable repair.

2. Inadequate piping causing minimal hot water pressure

If you are experiencing low hot water pressure, then the pipes connecting your water heater to your home may be ½ inch. Small pipes naturally restrict water pressure and typically require replacement with an upgrade to ¾ inch piping.

3. Sediment buildup causing strange noises

While it may seem illogical that sediment buildup can cause all those loud hissing, knocking, and popping noises, it is one of the most likely culprits. Other issues may include the following:

  • Leaks
  • Too much pressure in the tank
  • Normal expanding and contracting

It is possible that noises are normal and harmless, but having an inspection may help put to rest any potential concerns.

4. Corrosion causing rust to infiltrate the lines

If you have noticed rust-colored or dirty water, then you may be dealing with corrosion in your tank. This type of deterioration can lead to a complete replacement of your water heater. The anode rod may be the likely culprit and may need to be replaced. If the rod and the tank are too far gone, you may need to have the entire water heater replaced.

5. Bacteria causing smelly water

A bacteria buildup in your tank often causes smelly water, and it is usually linked to well water and the anode rod. Periodic flushing of the system can help, but you will typically want to replace and upgrade the anode rod.

6. Loose pipes or failed valves causing leaks

While some leaks, especially around the base of the heater, are caused by normal condensation, other leaks may be from loose pipes or failed valves. Some of these issues are easily fixed, but others may require professional assistance.

Call Air Control for water heater service here in Lake Havasu City

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, then you may be in need of a service call from a qualified plumbing technician. Contact us at Air Control Home Services and schedule your water heater repair today.

5 tips for protecting your home’s plumbing in the next decade

Needing to replace pipes in your home is an extensive and expensive process. Therefore, protecting your home’s pipes should be a primary priority for you as a homeowner, and there are several ways you can go about doing this. Here are just a few of the ways you can go about preventing pipe leaks and other plumbing problems.

Here are 5 ways to protect your home’s plumbing

1. Do not flush random objects

You can seriously damage your plumbing system by flushing objects other than toilet paper down the toilet. Here are items people commonly flush down the drain you should never put down there.

  • Paper towels
  • Pills
  • Diapers
  • Cotton balls
  • Dental floss
  • Baby wipes
  • Grease
  • Feminine hygiene products

2. Use garbage disposal properly

You need your garbage disposal working correctly so that large pieces of food do not get stuck in the piping. Run it regularly so that the moving parts do not freeze or rust. You need to run cold water every time you operate the disposal because cold water helps with preventing scaling.

If you do have problems with your sink draining, call us for drain cleaning services here in Lake Havasu City.

3. Clean aerators often

The faucets on the sinks contain a mesh tip known as an aerator. Without routine maintenance, blockages can form and prevent the flow of water. You can remove the faucet head and disassemble the aerator to clean it. You can clean it with a toothbrush and reassemble it in a matter of minutes.

4. Drain water heater

Over time, excessive sediment can build up in your water heater, especially after your sacrificial anode rod is spent. This will impact your home’s water quality, reduce the available amount of hot water at any given time, and potentially lead to problems with the tank itself. This is why you need to drain the system once in a while.

Hire the experts at Air Control Home Services to help you remove sediment and—if feasible—replace the anode rod in your system.

5. Change filter from water softeners

You need a water softener system to prevent hard water from forming in the system. Otherwise, heavy minerals such as magnesium and calcium can build up. You should change the filter once every three months to have clear, healthy water.

Call Air Control for plumbing services in Lake Havasu City

No matter what kind of plumbing service you need, you can contact the experts at Air Control to assist you.

Here are some smart ways to conserve water in your home

If you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly, or if you want to lower your bills each month, why not look into easy ways to conserve water? It makes no difference where you live or whether there’s a drought, it’s best to always treat water as the precious, finite natural resource that it is. With that in mind, here are a few ways to lower water usage in your home.

Here are 4 ways to conserve water this summer:

Shower rather than bathe

While you might enjoy the luxury of a nice hot bath at the end of the day, it takes more gallons of water to fill up the tub than it does for you to take a shower. That being said, the key to water conservation when it comes to showering is keeping them as short as possible.

Speaking of showers…

Pictured: Reducing the amount of water used in washing dishes is one of the great ways to conserve water here in Lake Havasu City.Take a navy shower

When you do shower, take what’s known as a navy shower. Essentially, you turn the water on to get wet, then turn it off while you lather up your body and shampoo your hair before turning the water back on for a final rinse. Using this method, one person can save as many as 15,000 gallons of water a year.

Read up on how your dishwasher works

Before rinsing your dishes off and sticking them in the dishwasher, read your appliance manual to see if you actually need to do so. Depending on your model, you may need to just scrape your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher rather than unnecessarily using water to help the cleaning process.

Check for leaking pipes and faucets

You can use all the tips we propose and still not see significant water savings. This might be because you have leaky pipes or faucets that are wasting water. If so, you’ll want to have an Air Control plumber come out to your house and perform plumbing repair services.

Learn more about conserving water and plumbing repair by giving us a call!

For even more tips on saving water, or if you ever have problems with your home’s plumbing, air conditioning or heating unit, Air Control Home Services has you completely covered. to schedule service while you’re here at our site, and know that we offer emergency service as well.

Why hard water can be dangerous for your plumbing and appliances

You may have heard the term “hard water” as it pertains to the water at your home. Hard water is the term used for water with extra minerals in it, particularly magnesium and calcium.

Unfortunately, hard water can take its toll on your plumbing and appliances, and the water here in Lake Havasu City is especially hard. Over time, it may wreak havoc on your appliances and plumbing.

Pictured: Sink being filled with hard water. Over time, hard water can have a detrimental impact on drains, pipes, and more.

You can combat hard water by having Air Control install a water softener in your home, which removes the minerals and allows you to avoid the problems that come from hard water. Without a water softener, it is likely you will need a professional plumber to check your pipes and appliances regularly for damage.

Pipe blockages are common with hard water

While this issue may not cause problems immediately, the concern is that the pipes can become blocked over time. At first, it may be a small blockage that just creates pressure on the pipes, but eventually the buildup may completely block the pipe and cause leaks or broken pipes.

Realistically, almost any plumbing fixture is affected by hard water. You may notice damaged washers and seals and ruined finishes on all your pipes and fixtures.

It is detrimental to fixtures

Once the hard water mixes with soap, there is a reaction that takes place that is hard on bathroom and kitchen fixtures. This develops scale and film on faucets, sinks, showers, toilets, and any other plumbing fixture.

Not only will hard water in Lake Havasu City eat through your fixtures, but it can also leave dark spots that are easy to see and make your fixtures appear dirty.

It can affect the efficiency of appliances

As minerals from the water build up in certain appliances—such as a water heater—over time, lime scale develops and can reduce the efficiency of the appliance. This forces the appliance to work harder and it may wear out faster and force you to replace your water-based appliances earlier rather than later.

Air Control Home Services offers services to counteract hard water

Our plumbing services include scaling, repair, installation, and maintenance on all plumbing affected by the water here in Lake Havasu City. Contact us today if you want to discuss how hard water is affecting your home.

How water heaters work

Your home relies on a working water heater for, well, lots of things. Clean laundry. Hot showers. Great-looking dishes. Your water heater does a lot. But, how exactly does it heat up all that water? In this blog post, we’ll review the details about how water heaters work.

If you need water heater repair or replacement here in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, contact Air Control. We offer emergency plumbing services from friendly, experienced plumbers.

Plumbers & Plumbing Repair Lake Havasu CityHow do water heaters work?

A water heater tank is fed cold water by a dip tube at the bottom. As the water enters the tank, it’s heated at the bottom—this is where the heating element is. As the water heats up to a temperature of between 120-140 degrees, it begins to rise over the colder water just now entering the tank.

Eventually, the tank is filled with water, and the heat-out pipe at the top of the tank allows water to escape. Since the hot water is at the top, it’s always the heated water exiting the tank and into your home.

By using physics (the nature of heated water to rise over cold water), your water heater is able to quickly take cold water, heat it, and send it to your faucets, shower heads, and washing machine.

What is an anode rod?

Over time, the constant mix of water and metal leads to corrosion. Left unchecked, this corrosion would immediately attack the inside of the tank, quickly destroying it and causing a whole host of problems for your home, including—probably—a tank burst.

Fortunately, your water heater has a way of protecting itself. Water heaters contain a sacrificial anode rod. This rod is designed to attract corrosive elements in the water, taking the damage instead of the tank.

Anode rods only last so long, though. Generally, replacing an anode rod in the middle of your system’s life is a good idea. If you’d like Air Control to replace your water heater’s anode rod, contact us.

What are tankless water heaters?

Also known as “demand-type” water heaters, tankless water heaters heat your home’s water without the use of the tank setup described above.

Typically wall-mounted, tankless water heaters run cold water from your home’s tap through it, using heating elements to rapidly heat the water to temperature before sending it out into your home.

Unlike standard water heaters, which have a limit on how much hot water they can provide your home at once, tankless water heaters can supply your home with a virtually unlimited amount of hot water. These systems are perfect for large families with multiple people showering in the morning or at night.

To learn more, give Air Control a call!

The plumbers at Air Control Home Services both install and repair water heaters. If you live in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, and you’ve been having water heater problems, contact Air Control.

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.

What are tankless water heaters, and how do they work?

We get this question quite a bit: what are tankless water heaters, and how do they work? These are newer systems, and most homeowners are still familiar with standard (or “traditional”) water heaters. But, tankless units have many advantages, too, and they might just be right for your home.

In this blog post, we’ll review what tankless water heaters are, and what makes them different from standard systems. Read on to learn more!

What are tankless water heaters?

To best explain what tankless water heaters are and how they work, let’s run through their benefits and what makes them different from standard water heaters:

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A standard water heater has a tank, and is typically floor-mounted.

#1. They provide you with constant hot water

This is the biggest selling point of these systems. Tankless water heaters heat water as it’s needed at the faucet, meaning they can provide a constant supply of hot water on demand. This is where they get their technical name: demand-type water heaters.

We all know what it’s like to have the entire family getting ready in the morning. The last person to shower is often the one stuck taking a cold shower. Then, there’s no hot water for laundry or dishes until the water heater “recharges” its supply.

That’s not a problem with a tankless water heater. These systems operate by moving water past heated coils, heating it as needed. Whether its a gas or electric system, these coils are capable of getting water up to the desired temperature and then out to where it’s needed.

#2. They can save space compared to standard water heaters

One of the biggest benefits of tankless water heaters as compared to traditional water heaters is the potential for space savings. Generally, standard water heaters are 60-inch tall and 24-inch wide. They’re floor-mounted, typically in a garage or closet.

In contrast, most tankless systems are just 28-by-20, and they’re typically wall-mounted. This can save your floor space.

what are tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters are wall-mounted, and do not carry water in a tank.

#3. They last longer than normal water heaters

Traditional water heaters have a typical lifespan of 10 to 12 years. The lifespan of tankless water heaters is about double that. They can last as long as 20 years when properly maintained by a professional plumber. If you plan to stay in your home for a long time, a tankless water heater is the best choice, since an increased lifespan means greater cost savings in the long run.

#4. They’re more energy-efficient, too

The operating cost of tankless water heaters is much lower compared to traditional water heaters. These systems use significantly less electricity or gas to heat up the water because they heat water when it’s needed, instead of having to keep water heated in a tank for use.

As a result, you will be able to save a lot due to reduced energy usage. The annual savings can amount to $100 when using Energy Star tankless water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The verdict?

The reality is that tankless water heaters have many advantages over standard “tanked” systems. The trade-off? They cost more upfront.

However, if you’re planning on owning your home for a long time, it’s pretty likely that the energy savings of the system will eventually catch up and pass the increased initial investment. That’s in addition to the convenience these systems represent in your home.

If you’re unsure if a tankless water heater is right for your home in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, or other parts of Mohave County, give our team a call at (928) 680-0600, or contact us online.

Our expert plumbing team can walk you through the best ways to determine if you should go tankless, and we can even provide you with a quote for a new system.