Tank Water Heater Repairs

Can a Tank Water Heater be Repaired?

Most times, when you're having issues with your water heater, all it needs is a repair to get your hot water flowing again. A new water heater isn't typically necessary. But with that being said, there is an average life span for a water heater of 8-12 years on average before you need to replace your unit. Most of the time, your home water heater can be repaired. But our team at Cal's Plumbing is highly trained in how to diagnose and repair water heaters, and if they need to be replaced, we can do that too.

When you need our plumbing pros, our water heater team will promptly come to your Tucson home and diagnose your gas or electric tank water heater problem. We will then efficiently make the repair, using only the highest-quality parts and materials so you can rely on when we make a repair, it stays repaired.

And if you have a water heater emergency, have peace of mind we are available to help. Just give us a call at 520.622.2257.


What are Common Problems of a Tank Water Heater in Need of Repair?

Even if your water heater system is still providing hot water, there are common warning signs Cal's Plumbing knows what to look for that may yield a fast repair. If you notice any of the following, a problem may be present & it's time to call the professionals at Cal's Plumbing for a broken water heater repair:


Water Temperature Too Hot or Cold?

Is your gas or electric water heater producing water that is too hot or too cold? Or no hot water at all? Your homes' hot water heater may be facing a control valve issue, thermostat, element, or a build-up of sediment.


Water Leaking from the Top of Your Water Heater Tank?

Leaking water could be a sign that your T&P valve may have failed. Or that the cold inlet or hot outlet pipes have failed. Give Cal's Plumbing a call before it's too late and a much costlier water heater repair service is required or damage to your property occurs.


Hot Water Heaters in Southern Arizona are Prone to Start Rusting

If your hot water heater is producing rusty or brown colored water, this could be a serious sign that the interior of your water heater has corrosion, and a leak is near-inevitable. Call a Cal's Plumbing water heater repair expert right away to have your home's gas or electric water heater professionally diagnosed and repaired.


Smelly Hot Water Always Coming Out?

That stinky or smelly water coming from your hot water tank is likely due to a high level of bacteria. Smelly water is seen in homes with well water as their primary water source. The most common solution is the replacement of the anode rod, but it is not limited to just that. Several issues could be present, so it is best to call the water heater repair experts at Cal's Plumbing.

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What should I do if my tank hot water heater is leaking?

Your water heater is likely leaking if:

  • There's a pool of water underneath the water heater.
  • There's water leaking from the tank.
  • Water is dripping down from the top of the water heater tank.
  • The burner assembly located at the bottom of the water heater is full of water.

If you've noticed any of these problems, you should first and foremost shut off the water supply to the water heater. Here's how to do this:

If you look at the top of the water heater, you'll see two water pipes that run into the water heater—a cold pipe and a hot pipe. When you're facing the system, the cold pipe is on the right-hand side. Follow the pipe up from the water heater until you find a valve. If the valve has a round handle, turn it clockwise until it stops moving. If the valve has a lever handle, turn it ¼ up or down. (The direction may vary, depending on how the valve is installed.) Next, you should shut down the gas to the water heater or electric at your panel. If you are not experienced with this, please do not attempt. You could cause yourself serious injury or death.

Then you can start to drain the system of its water. To do this, hook up a garden hose to  the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater and run the garden hose to the outside of the house. In most Tucson homes, the water heater is typically in the garage or an interior closet.

Open up a hot side faucet (on the left side) to allow air into the system, so the water heater vapor doesn't lock. It will usually take 45 minutes to an hour to drain the water heater.

Once you've taken these steps, call us at Cal's Plumbing, and our experts will arrive right away to replace your water heater if the water heater can't be repaired.


Contact Us for All Your Water Heater Needs

Our expert team at Cal's Plumbing is fully qualified and licensed to take care of all your water heater needs. We use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest industry techniques to offer exceptional quality to our Tucson, AZ, residential and commercial clients. Call us at 520.622.2257 or request service online today.