Noisy Water Heater? It’s the Calm Before the Storm.

A noisy hot water heater is not something that you can ignore.

Most likely, the noise will not go away.

In fact, hot water heater noises are the first sign that it’s time for some routine maintenance.

Let’s talk about the cause.

A noisy hot water heater is caused by a build up of sediment at the bottom of the water heater tank. Sand, sediment and minerals are all travelling through our water pipes at all times. Over the years, a collection of all those materials will settle at the bottom of your water heater tank because they are heavier than the water. This creates a problem because the heating element is also located at the bottom of your tank.

The accumulated sediment at the bottom of your tank doesn’t allow the heat from your heating element to evenly distribute throughout the tank. Instead, water is getting trapped and superheated until it boils and finally breaks through the sediment.

It is the sound of the boiling water and moving sediment that is creating the noise you are hearing. And that’s not all; improper water distribution can create a lot of stress on the lining of your hot water heater, eventually causing it to fail.

Virtually every water heater sold today comes with a warranty. Generally speaking, the length of the warranty is determined by the thickness of the sidewalls of the heater tank. The thicker the walls, the more stress it can take and the longer it will take to corrode. Therefore, the manufacturer issues a long warranty. If your water heater is past the warranty period, you are living on borrowed time.

If you have a noisy water heater, call a plumber to assess the situation. This is especially important if you are past your warranty or you do not know the age of your water heater.
In the end, that one call could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

A noisy hot water heater is not something that you can ignore. Most likely, the noise will not go away.
In fact, hot water heater noises are the first sign that it’s time for some routine maintenance.
Let’s talk about the cause.

A noisy hot water heater is caused by a build up of sediment at the bottom of the water heater tank. Sand, sediment and minerals are all travelling through our water pipes at all times. Over the years, a collection of all those materials will settle at the bottom of your water heater tank because they are heavier than the water. This creates a problem because the heating element is also located at the bottom of your tank.
The accumulated sediment at the bottom of your tank doesn’t allow the heat from your heating element to evenly distribute throughout the tank. Instead, water is getting trapped and superheated until it boils and finally breaks through the sediment. It is the sound of the boiling water and moving sediment that is creating the noise you are hearing. And that’s not all; improper water distribution can create a lot of stress on the lining of your hot water heater, eventually causing it to fail.

Virtually every water heater sold today comes with a warranty. Generally speaking, the length of the warranty is determined by the thickness of the sidewalls of the heater tank. The thicker the walls, the more stress it can take and the longer it will take to corrode. Therefore, the manufacturer issues a long warranty. If your water heater is past the warranty period, you are living on borrowed time.

If you have a noisy water heater, call a plumber to assess the situation. This is especially important if you are past your warranty or you do not know the age of your water heater.

In the end, that one call could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.