Why Your Water Heater Is Making Noise
Houses in Edmond, OK, have a tendency to make all kinds of noises that are never fully understood. Sometimes it's the house settling, other times it could be pipes expanding. If you hear noises coming from your water heater, pay attention. It could be trying to tell you something.
Noises Coming From Your Water Heater
Sediment collects in water heaters. When your water heater makes popping noises, it's probably the sentiment being pushed up as the heat causes the water to rise. Cleaning the element inside the water heater can resolve this issue, and it should be cleaned as sediment can cause maintenance issues if allowed to build up.
If your water heater starts making a knocking sound, then you have what is known as water hammering. This is the movement of the pipes outside your water heater moving around when water entering or leaving the tank is suddenly shut off. Installing a water hammer arrestor can cure the issue.
If you ever experience a water heater leak, be sure to clean up any standing water right away. The longer water stands, the more severe the damage. Call a professional restoration company if water has been sitting for a prolonged period of time.
Water heaters should be maintained annually to prevent damage that could occur from buildup in the tank. The maintenance will include a water heater flush with a deliming solution. This routine maintenance can extend the life of your unit as well as save on energy costs.
Flushing your water heater is an easy process. Turn off the water heater and allow the water to cool.
Turn off the water supply and connect a hose to your tanks drain valve and lead it outside.
Open all the hot water faucets to allow for a faster drain. When the tank is empty, turn the cold water supply back on to flush out the sediment at the bottom.
When you reconnect everything, leave your hot water faucets open until water runs to prevent air from being trapped.
Your water heater should last between 8 and 12 years with regular attention and maintenance. When your water heater talks to you, listen so you can correct any issues.