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Which Water Heater Noises Indicate Attention Is Needed?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of a water heater Inspection and regular maintenance of your water heater can eliminate many of these noises.

A Noisy Water Heater, What Does It Mean?

Your home in Murphy, MO, is filled with the normal noises of a home. Floors may creak and ceiling joists may pop. Your freezer and refrigerator whir and hum through their cycles. Your furnace or air conditioning unit may produce a fan noise. But when you start hearing noises coming from your water heater you may feel a bit uneasy and worry about whether it is safe. In the natural course of its function, sediment may collect at the bottom, calcium may build up on the sides, or an element may vibrate loose. What do the sounds mean?

Normal or Unusual Sounds Your Water Heater May Produce

•Screeching or singing noises mean a valve needs to be opened

•Humming may mean the element needs to be tightened into place

•Tapping and ticking sounds are normal and can be caused by cooling cycles

•Knocking or hammering is usually from the abrupt shutoff of the tank, for instance following a shower, or wash load finishing

• Popping, crackling or rumbling usually indicate mineral buildup on the element and it should be replaced or you should perform a water heater flush

So, what can be done about some of the noises that need attention? Inspection and regular maintenance of your water heater can eliminate many of these noises. Performing a water heater flush using a deliming solution can help prevent sediment and mineral build-up on the walls of your tank and may also keep your element cleaner. You may also find that installing a water softener may be of great help in keeping mineral build-up to a minimum.

If you hear something more bothersome, calling a water damage control specialist in Murphy, MO, may ease your mind. They will be able to help you assess and repair any damage that may have happened as well. Dealing with a water heater problem on your own can be intimidating. With regular maintenance you can increase your chances of having a happy and healthy water heater for years to come.

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