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Signs of a Failing Water Heater

From showering to running the dishwasher, you rely on your water heater multiple times throughout the day. Most water heaters last for 10 to 15 years. If you’re not sure how old your system is or it’s been a long time since you scheduled service, you may be at risk for water heater failure. You may not realize that your water heater is going bad until hot water quits coming out of the tap. However, you don’t have to wait until you’re stuck in the cold to know when it’s time to call in a professional. Here are a few signs to watch for that could indicate that you have a failing water heater.

Moisture Around the Water Heater

A tell-tale sign of a water heater problem is moisture around the tank. If you notice even small puddles around your water heater, it could be a sign that it’s time to invest in a replacement. Slow drips and leaks can quickly escalate, which could put your home at risk of significant water damage.

Unusual Noises

You can expect a little noise coming from your water heater, but you should never hear loud banging or popping sounds. These unusual noises often come from mineral deposits that have built up in the water heater and are causing the appliance to overheat. As long as the tank hasn’t begun to leak, a thorough flush and cleaning of the water heater may be all that’s needed to keep it working.

Fluctuating Temperatures

If it takes a long time for your water to heat or your shower quickly turns lukewarm, it could be an indication of sediment buildup within your water heater. As more sediment builds up over time, the greater the risk that your water heater will fail. The harder your tank has to work to produce hot water, the more costly it will be to operate, too. 

Schedule Service Today

It’s unnecessary to wait for a potential minor problem to become a major issue. Homeowners in the Fort Collins area can depend on the experts at Lion Home Service for top-quality water heater, heating, and cooling services. We also do duct cleaning, duct sealing, insulation services and radon testing. Schedule an appointment today.

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Symptoms of a Dying Water Heater

Nothing lasts forever, and water heaters are no exception to that rule. There are multiple signs of impending water heater failure that can alert homeowners to this potential problem. Anyone in the Fort Collins, CO, area who is experiencing some of the following signs may want to seek assistance from the professionals at Lion Home Service.

Insufficient Hot Water Production

Few occurrences can signal problems with a water heater quicker than a lack of hot water. After all, if your machinery can’t even fulfill its primary purpose, then it likely doesn’t have long left. If your heater is incapable of producing any hot water or can only make a small amount, you might need new warming equipment.

Discolored Hot Water

Cloudy or rusty water can also be a symptom of a water heater in need of replacement. A metallic odor and taste may also be present in such water. Professionals will be able to tell you if the problem is in your pipes or your water heater.

Ominous Noises

If your water heater is making rumbling or popping noises, then it might have reached the end of its life. These noises are likely caused by a buildup of sediment that will continue to damage your machinery.

A Leaky Tank

Leaks are another obvious sign that all is not well with your water heater. Unlike most of the other symptoms, a leak can cause significant damage if not addressed right away. An expert from Lion Home Service will be able to help you to keep a leaky water heater from doing more damage to your home.

A New Water Heater

Call us today at Lion Home Service if you live in the Fort Collins area and need a water heater replacement. Whether you require a new water heater or need to have your current unit repaired or serviced, we’re capable of helping you. We provide emergency repair services all day, every day, so you can count on us to be there for you when you need us.

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How to keep your water heater operating at peak efficiency

We’ve all been trained to take our cars in for oil changes every three months or 3,000 miles, but when’s the last time you thought about giving your water heater a tune up? Most homeowners don’t realize just how much they rely on hot water until it’s gone. Fortunately, a little preventative water heater maintenance can go a long way to prevent problems and keep you in ample supply at the turn of a faucet. But if you still notice problems with your water temperature, it’s best to call a professional company like Lion Home Service.

Types of water heaters

There are two main styles of water heaters on today’s market — models with tanks and newer tankless options. The traditional tank-style units include metal holding tanks of various sizes with a heating element that warms the water inside using electricity, propane or natural gas. These models work on the same basic principle as turning on your cooktop to heat a pot of water. In comparison, tankless water heaters operate by running water past a sensor and through a pipe where it’s spot-heated to deliver hot water on demand.

Each option offers its own unique pros and cons. For instance, tank models are cheaper to purchase than tankless models, but they only hold a finite amount of water. And once that tank of hot water has been depleted, you have to wait for the next batch to warm up to get more, which can take up to an hour. Because tankless models only heat the water when you need it, there’s an unlimited supply. Since they don’t require a holding tank, they’re often a good option for apartments, condominiums and small homes where space is more valuable. However, turning the hot water on and off can create pockets of cold water in the pipe between use.

Standard tank water heaters will usually last between 7 and 11 years and can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 depending on size, model features and whether any plumbing in your home needs to be brought up to code before the unit can be safely installed. Because they involve smart technology components, tankless water heaters are more expensive and can run $3,000 to $8,000 — about twice as much as traditional tank heaters. They’re not working constantly to keep heating, however, so they cost less to operate and can last twice as long as a tank heater— up to 15 or even 20 years if properly maintained.

Maintenance recommendations

Whether you decide to go with a tank or tankless model, maintaining your hot water heater shouldn’t require a lot of time or money. Each should be inspected and treated at regular intervals to keep them operating effectively; how often you’ll need to do this depends on the hardness of the water in your home.

Hard water can create sediment that collects in the bottom of a hot water heater tank over time, making it more difficult for the unit to heat the water and resulting in higher energy bills. Flushing this sediment a couple times a year can make a big difference in the heater’s overall efficiency. A home service professional can easily take care of the job for you, but it’s fairly easy to manage yourself after you’ve seen it done and received some instruction. Simply disconnect the electricity or turn off the gas/propane, release the pressure in the tank, drain it halfway and then turn the water back on to push any sediment out. (Of course, you’ll need to make sure the draining water has a place to go.) Another maintenance checklist item to keep in mind: Water heaters with tanks include a rod part that should be replaced every two or three years.

Likewise, tankless water heaters should be checked on a regular schedule to get rid of any scaling or calcification that can collect inside the unit and prevent optimal function.

If your hot water heater starts making odd noises or you simply notice it’s not heating properly, it’s always a good idea to call a professional who can evaluate the situation and make appropriate recommendations to remedy the problem.