Why Is My Water Heater Making Weird Noises?

Why Is My Water Heater Making Weird Noises?
A home’s water heater is one of the hardest working appliances. It often goes unnoticed because it is typically tucked away quietly in your garage or utility closet. What does it mean when you hear it making popping or other unusual sounds?

Water Heater Popping Sounds
Some people describe the unusual sounds coming from their water heater as loud popping, clanking, or crackling noises. This happens for a number of reasons, but the most common being the buildup of mineral deposits. Hard water flows through your hot water heater leaving behind calcium and magnesium carbonate over time. The abnormal sounds could signify a large layer of sediment has built up on the bottom of the tank, blocking proper heat transfer, lowering the energy efficiency and lifespan of your appliance. For water heater maintenance, call [ps-business-name] today. We recommend this service once a year to clear the mineral deposits, sediment, and to extend the life of your water heater.

Water Heater Booming Or Banging Sounds
When you hear banging or booming sounds at start-up, it’s strongly recommended that you turn off your water heater and call a plumber immediately. These sounds could potentially be a dangerous situation. It’s better to seek the advice of a plumbing professional than to risk explosions from gas or oil reigniting when the burner flicks on. Another possible cause could be the water heater is experiencing thermal expansion. This happens when trying to reheat a large quantity of water after the tank has been depleted.

When in doubt, call a plumber to help you out. The professionals at [ps-business-name] are ready to help you with your plumbing problem. Give us a call at [ps-phone-group] today.

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