Why are my water heaters making noise?
Some noises can be sounds like a hum, pop, or rumble. To help you trim some time troubleshooting, you can use this article to find reasons for your noisy water heater.
Water heaters have different types of noises you may hear from the system and depending on what you may hear sounds you are hearing can help you decide whether you are going to need to do some maintenance or repairs/replacement. If you are handy, you may want to take that task on yourself and if not you will want to seek out a licensed plumber.
What are the different types of water heaters?
- Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater. This style of water heater is the most popular and probably the one you are most familiar with or seen
- Tankless Water Heater (On-Demand Water Heater)
- Heat Pump Water Heater (Hybrid Water Heater)
- Solar Powered Water Heater
- Condensing Water Heater
The most common reason for water heaters making noise is sediment collecting in the bottom of the heater. The noise is caused when the hot water bubbles up through the sediment at the bottom of the tank. When this occurs, it causes a popping sound.
Some other reasons for the cause of that noise from your water heater are:
- Poor water flow
- Frequent Changes in Water Pressure
- Leaky and condensed tanks
- Source of the water supply
- The condition of the heating element
Let’s take a closer look at what is happening with each of these common issues.
- Sediment Buildup
Typically popping sounds relate to the condition of the water heater itself. If your heater contains aluminum anode rods, it will react with water that has a high ph level. Such a reaction occurs in homes that use chlorinated water.
When the chemicals combine, a gel covers the bottom of the tank and rod. You will have to remove this residue and change the existing anode to a model made with magnesium.
Water Heater Maintenance
The cure for most sounds associated with your water heater is found in regular care and maintenance. Since minerals in your water lead to sediments in your water heater, installing a water softener in your primary water line will reduce buildup and associated noises.
Similarly, flushing the tank with a deliming solution annually will prevent heavy build-up in the tank and serve to keep the elements cleaner as well. Anyone can become a responsible water heater owner with a bit of easy maintenance.
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