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Water Heater Repair 101

Water Heater Repair

Broken water heaters can be a crippling component in any indoor plumbing system. That’s why our experienced team has put together this comprehensive guide to water heater repair, full of handy tips and tricks so you can be better prepared to handle any issues that may arise!

Posted by Spencer | May 7, 2024 | Reading Time:

Broken water heaters can be a crippling component in any indoor plumbing system. Water heaters are responsible for our comfort and when they’re in need of repair, simple tasks like dishes or taking a shower can become unbearable.

That’s why our experienced team has put together this comprehensive guide to water heater repair, full of handy tips and tricks so you can be better prepared to handle any issues, and get back up and running fast!

Rainforest Plumbing & Air has been the Phoenix Valley’s trusted source for water heater repair for over 25 years. Contact us today, we’re here to answer any and all questions you may have when it comes to water heaters. Let’s get started and get you back to enjoying steady streams of warm water!

Types Of Water Heaters

Before we begin, let’s quickly go over the different types of water heaters so you’re better familiar with the model in your home, as repair steps do vary slightly depending on the type of water heater you have.

Available in both electric and gas, water heaters intake water through your plumbing system and then heats it up to your desired temperature.The heat is generated by a gas burner or heating elements found in the bottom of the tank, and a thermostat outside of the unit ensures consistency.

Traditional Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters remain a popular option in Phoenix Valley homes because of their consistent performance and simple maintenance. Tank models are also ideal for homes that need a large supply of hot water.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are compact and extremely energy efficient, and are quickly becoming the go-to option for water heaters in the desert. They are perfect for smaller homes, and provide immediate access to hot water, when and where you need it!

Common Water Heater Issues

Strange Banging Noises

If your water heater is making strange banging noises, chances are you have sediment build up in the bottom of your tank. High levels of sediment can cause irreversible damage to your water heater, so it’s important to stay vigilant.

Cracks Or Leaks In The Body Of The Tank

If you notice cracks around the body of your tank, or notice water pooling at the bottom, it’s time to consider a repair. Cracks and standing water are signs of leaks, and leaks could lead to damage of the tank itself, or your home.

Rusty Colored & Odor Filled Water

If your water is the color of rust, or has a foul odor, this could be another sign of sediment buildup in your tank, contaminating your water. High sediment levels can greatly affect the quality of your water and can even pose health risks.

Inconsistent Water Pressure & Temperature

Low water pressure and temperature fluctuations are often the most common issues associated with water heaters. Luckily they are also the easiest to deal with.

DIY Vs. Professional Repair

DIY repair can be a quick, cost-effective way to handle minor water heater issues. Here are some easy steps you can take to get your unit back up and running!

However, for more complex problems, it's often safer and more efficient to consult a professional, as improper repairs could lead to more significant damage or safety hazards.

Enter Rainforest Plumbing & Air! Our experienced team has been repairing all major makes and models of water heaters in the Phoenix Valley for over 25 years.

Inspect The Thermostat

If you’re experiencing constant temperature fluctuations, chances are there is an issue with your thermostat, and requires an adjustment.

For tankless, electric heaters there are typically two thermostats for you to check, one for each heating element, usually located behind access panels. For tanked, gas powered water heaters, the thermostat is a part of the gas valve.

Check The Heating Elements

In tankless, electric heaters, faulty heating elements can also cause inconsistent heating. To replace it, shut the power off at your breaker, drain the tank and replace the element by following manufacturer instructions.

Flush The Tank

Sediment buildup in your tank can significantly reduce the efficiency of the water heater and clog the connecting lines. Regularly draining your tank can help maintain its performance, to do this simply turn off its power supply, connect a hose to the drain valve and let it drain until the water runs clear.

Test The Pressure Relief Valve

Pressure relief valves prevent pressure and temperature build up in the tank which could result in serious damage to your water heater. To test it, lift the valve’s lever part way and let it snap back into place. Water should briefly flow out of the overflow pipe. If there is no water, or the water doesn’t stop, the valve needs to be replaced.

Inspect The Anode Rod

The anode rod in your water heater prevents corrosion in the tank. Check the rod every 6 months to ensure it’s in good shape. If it’s covered in calcium or if the core wire is exposed, it’s time to replace it.

Check For Leaks

If you notice water pooling around the base of your water heater, check all internal and external components, and tighten and replace parts as necessary.Remember, when it comes to anything in your home powered by gas or electricity, safety should be your number one concern.

Trusted Water Heater Repair From Rainforest Plumbing & Air

We’re proud to offer same-day, 24/7 emergency service, and our plumbing experts are trained to quickly diagnose issues and provide you with immediate solutions. We come to you in fully stocked service trucks with all the latest tools to get your water heater repaired quickly and professionally.

Once your repair is complete, your plumber will reconnect and troubleshoot your water heater to ensure any future issues are addressed. And with Rainforest’s Put Back Policy you can rest assured, when we clean up, we leave your space better than we found it, guaranteed! Contact us today to schedule your repair service!

Repair Vs. Replacement

If you’re finding yourself scheduling multiple repair calls a year, it might be time to consider a water heater replacement. So to ensure there’s no shortage of hot water when and where you need it, install a new water heater from Rainforest Plumbing & Air. Our team is well-versed in all the best units on the market, and will help you find the perfect water heater for your home and budget.

Give the team at Rainforest Plumbing & Air a call today to explore your options.

Stay Ahead Of Unexpected Repairs

With our exclusive Cabana Club membership program we offer priority service and peace of mind with annual inspections and tune-ups that improve the efficiency and longevity of your plumbing system, including your water heater!

Members Enjoy:

  • Guaranteed lowest price on parts and service.
  • Two hour priority service.
  • Zero after hours or holidays fees.
  • Annual water savings and air efficiency reports.
  • Extend equipment life.
  • Protect against unexpected failures and repairs

Warm Water Wishes From Rainforest Plumbing & Air

Don’t resign yourself to cold showers and sub zero dishes. By staying informed and proactive, you can keep your water heater in peak condition, ensuring reliable hot water for years to come. Get quality water heater repair service today from Rainforest Plumbing & Air!

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