Paying attention when your water heater starts making odd noises can save you a lot of trouble down the line. After all, a quick cold shower may not seem like that big of a deal during the summer, but no one wants to bathe in frigid water on a January morning when it’s only 36 degrees Fahrenheit in Stockbridge.
Did you know that the type of noise you’re hearing can be indicative of what’s actually wrong with your unit? Let’s take a closer look at a few prime examples.
A Popping or Rumbling Sound
A popping or rumbling noise emanating from a water heater is a very common problem. These sounds are indicative of a scale or sediment build up inside the tank. The only way to address this issue is by draining and flushing the tank. Failure to do so in a timely manner could easily lead to a leak or a damaged electrical heating unit. Once either of these things happens, you’ll need to invest in a new water heater.
A Sizzling Sound
A sizzling sound usually isn’t a good sign. But before you get too nervous, take a few minutes to visually inspect the unit. Do you see water on the ground or has hot water stopped flowing through your pipes altogether? Either of these scenarios is associated with a leak, which will necessitate a professional repair.
A Screeching Sound
Of all the noises a water heater can make, a high-pitched screeching sound is by far the most annoying. Fortunately, it’s also often one of the easiest problems to correct. In many cases, screeching means that the inlet control valve is partially closed. Simply opening the valve all the way can fix the issue. If the screeching persists, be sure to contact an experienced water heater repair service.
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