At Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, customers in Phoenix often ask us about water heater repairs. Whether your water heater is leaking, not heating the water or malfunctioning in some other way, here’s what you should know.
Water Heater Repairs vs. Replacements
If you have a tankless water heater, most problems can be repaired because the components are accessible. That’s one reason why these products last longer. If you have a conventional hot water storage tank, things are a bit trickier. Replacement is generally your best bet if the unit has already reached or exceeded its 15-year lifespan. In other cases, a repair can correct the problem affordably.
Troubleshooting Water Heaters
Failing water heaters are inconvenient and potentially unsafe. Electricity and water don’t mix. With a gas water heater, things can be even worse. Plus, there’s always a risk of water damage. It’s wise to call a licensed plumber if you experience any of the following issues.
- No Hot Water: Typically, a lack of hot water can be traced to burned-out heating elements, defective thermocouples, malfunctioning gas valves or electrical issues. Repairs are cost effective in most cases.
- Leaks: Faulty fittings and leaky valves are fairly easy to repair. Correcting internal damage or a cracked tank liner is usually cost prohibitive. For catastrophic leaks, replacement is your best option.
- Noises: Banging and rumbling noises indicate that water is trapped under a hardened layer of limescale sediment. Your water might also be foggy or rusty. Sometimes, we can flush the tank and replace the anode rod. Other times, a replacement is necessary.
Help With Repairs and Replacements
If you’re having trouble with your tankless water heater or hot water tank, give us a call at 623-201-5118. You can learn more about our water heater repair services online.