Common Causes of A Noisy Water Heater

Most water heaters these days are not known to make too much noise when in use, so when you hear that unforsaken popping or rumbling sound coming from your unit it may be time for an inspection. We will talk about some of the common culprits that lead to your water heater making noises.

High Pressure and Temperature

High pitched sounds in the water heater could also indicate there is too much water pressure in the hot water tank. The temperature and pressure relief valve can determine how high the pressure has been set. If water is leaking from the valve then shut off the valve and connect with a professional plumber.

Sediment Build Up

The most common reason why your water heater makes noise is sediment build on the bottom of the tank is accumulating at a great amount. The sediment usually consists of calcium and magnesium deposits from tap water. If sediment builds up at the bottom of the water heater’s tank it traps hot water underneath sediment, later resulting in popping sound when the water heater is running.

Flushing your water heater regularly ensures that sediment build up is kept to a minimum and avoid interrupting performance. If sediment has built up to a point that is not flushable, it is not dangerous but can decrease the unit’s efficiency and need a replacement.

According to the Los Angeles committee of water and power, LADWP , they suggest to flush your water heater at least once a year to control the build-up of mineral deposits. This prevents hot water from turning yellow or brown in color. Those who do not feel safe flushing out their water heater can turn to a professional plumber for assistance.

Expanded Plumbing Pipes

As hot water is drawn from the tank, plumbing pipes expand and contract the water heater which may make the pipes rub against loose straps or framing. As a result a ticking sound is heard.

This can be corrected after the location of noise is found and can be secured with plastic spacers. Turning the water temperature down can reduce pressure and minimize the sound.

Water Heater Leak

In some instances there may be a sizzling sound heard when condensation drips into burners. This is usually an indicator of a leak from the water heater or the pipes and fittings. In rare occurrences water heater leaks can lead to a water heater explosion. At any sign of leaks it is best to call a plumbing professional to resolve the issue.

Water Heater Inspections Los Angeles

No matter what the cause may be for your noisy water heater, it may be due for an inspection if you have neglected to flush the unit. Nautilus Plumbing is not limited to any of your water heater troubles. Regardless of what is causing your water heater to be noisy we have the trained experts standing by to assess the situation and repair any damages. With the latest technology and quality products we ensure our customers the best treatment for noisy water heaters.

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