Why Is Your Water Heater Making Noise?

Water heaters are known to make all kinds of noises. Noise from water heaters is a known problem. And while some of these noises are part of the daily function of a water heater, others may worry you more. So how do you know when the noise from your water heater needs to be fixed?

Noises in the water heater

Just like a disease in your body, the first step to diagnosing the water heater is to write down a list of symptoms. In most cases, the symptom you will experience with your water heater is that it is making:

  • Ejection noise
  • Gurgling noises
  • Whistling noises

If you hear either of these noises coming from your water heater, it’s time to call in the experts to find the right solution.

Diagnosis of water heater noises

Typically, these noises mean only one thing – your water heater tank is building up inside. This accumulation consists of minerals from hard water, which form sediment which scales the walls of the tank.

When this happens, the tank cannot rinse and filter as effectively as it could, which causes it to make sounds as it struggles to operate. Not only is it bad for your water tank, but it is also bad for your energy bill. Your water tank works overtime to produce less than normal amounts of water, wasting your energy, and increasing your expenses.

Our Plumbing experts will tell you when installing a new water heater in the upper reaches of the Seine that if this accumulation of sediment occurs, you will have to drain and rinse it. This is the best way to clean it and make sure there is no build-up.

The rinsing and cleaning process

The reason why a build-up of sediment makes the water heater makes a clicking noise is that the water is bubbling under the sediment but has nowhere to go. Water begins to percolate, much like coffee in a coffee maker. Too much sediment can damage the heating elements of the water heater or cause a dangerous leak.

It is important to ask for help as soon as you notice the sounds and performance issues. It is entirely possible to rinse and drain a water heater yourself, but you can also invest in the help of professionals to get the job done smoothly.

The typical flushing process involves:

  • Turn off the heater completely
  • Turn the cold water lever completely
  • Connect a hose to the valve and open a hot water tap inside the house.
  • Let the water flow through the drain valve, and you will begin to see dirty water coming out of the hose.
  • Attention, the dirty water is very hot!
  •  Keep the device off for 10 minutes.

Our professionals can install a water conditioner in your main pipe to prevent this accumulation of sediment from happening again. Contact us for more information!