Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater in Phoenix?


One of the biggest perks of living in Phoenix, Arizona is you don’t really have to deal with natural disasters or extreme weather conditions outside of wildfires. There’s no winter storms, tornado seasons, major earthquakes or sea salt erosion going on in the desert. The only thing residents usually prepare for is monsoon season and the intense heat that follows.

While Arizona homeowners don’t have to worry about environmental damage to their house, they do have to understand that living in dry, arid conditions does present some challenges.

Things Desert Dwellers Should Consider.

Knowing how our climate affects the efficiency of your home’s equipment will help you avoid major repair and replacement costs. It will also help you determine whether you need to repair or replace your water heater. But hold that thought for a second.

One thing residents don’t notice as much as visitors is the excess of dust and debris in the Phoenix air. Dirt, sand and whatever else blows freely throughout the valley isn’t ever able to settle due to the lack of forests and luscious fields of natural grass.

When you think about it, water also travels a long distance to reach our parched lands. Because dust needs water to settle, a lot of what’s being carried by the wind eventually ends up flowing with it.

What the AZ Climate Does to Water Heaters.

While Arizona water filtration systems aren’t terrible, you have to understand that microscopic elements do pass through and into our tap. By the time contaminants reach home appliances and systems (even with additional filters), they become stagnant.

This commonly occurs within water heaters that aren’t maintained properly. Not only will the debris affect the lifespan of your equipment, but it can cost you a lot of money in repairs.

So before you start thinking about whether you should repair or replace your water heater, you’ll probably want to look into a professional comfort plan to ensure your water heater is being properly maintained.

Avoid Repairs, Replacements with Maintenance.

At Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we don’t just inspect and diagnose your water heater, we flush out all of its contaminants. We know where to look and all of our certified plumbing technicians take pride in helping our customers extend the life of their equipment.

While some plumbers look to create problems for homeowners down the road (in order to ensure business), we’d rather build relationships. When you trust us, it allows us to do what we do best.

Helping you understand your water systems and how to care for them will eventually pay for itself. In turn you’ll know exactly when you should repair or replace your water heater. 

Hire Quality Companies to Manage Hot Water.

When our customers ask us about water heater repairs, we want them to know they’re going to get the best service. Not only do we want to fix the problem, but also prevent any further occurrences. While routine inspections are extremely fruitful, eventual repairs are inevitable for both business and homeowners in Phoenix.

Sometimes, replacing a worn down unit is the only option. Either way, if your water heater is malfunctioning, leaking or not heating properly, something needs to be done. So here’s what you need to know if you need to repair or replace your water heater.

To Fix or Not Fix Your Water Heater?

Certain models and types of hot water heaters can limit your ability to make a decision here. So before we discuss your troubleshooting options, we thought it’d be a good idea to implement a process of elimination.

If you have a conventional hot water storage tank, repairs can difficult to perform if the product has already reached or exceeded its 15-year lifespan.

Even though we have priority access to the country’s premier plumbing manufacturers, custom orders can be quite expensive. Plus, certain brands with updated models don’t always produce parts or even fittings for discontinued equipment.

Because of this, replacing your hot water tank is generally your best bet.

If a Water Heater Isn’t Past It’s Prime.

In other cases, a repair may be your most affordable option. For example, if you have a tankless water heater, most problems can be repaired because the components are accessible. That’s the main reason these products last longer and are becoming more popular.

At the same time, if you’re uninformed, you could continue throwing away hard earned money towards unnecessary repairs. Even though replacing your unit comes with a higher out of pocket costs, but the comfort and savings you’ll experience over time will make it all worthwhile.

Troubleshoot to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater:

We can all agree that failing water heaters are inconvenient. But we also have to  acknowledge that they’re potentially unsafe. Fixing your water heater may not seem like a priority when the Arizona summer keeps your tap water hot, but it most certainly is.

In case you didn’t know, electricity and water don’t mix. When it comes to a gas water heater, things can be even worse. Aside from shocking outcomes from hazardous air, there’s always a risk of water damage to the commercial building or home.

Emergency Water Heater Situations. 

If you’re experiencing a concern with your water heater, big or small, it’s extremely wise to call a licensed plumber. Here are some of the more severe scenarios that require immediate attention.

  • 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 in Phoenix, Arizona, you can give us a call at 623-584-2850 or complete the contact form below. One of our experienced technicians would love to answer any of your questions, otherwise you can always learn more about our water heating solutions on our plumbing services page.

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Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing proudly serves residential and light commercial customers in Phoenix and surrounding areas. At Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we schedule and perform routine maintenance of your HVAC equipment when it’s convenient for you.

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