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Water Heater Malfunction Noises

3/16/2023 (Permalink)

broken water heater If your water heater is making unusual noises, call a professional.

Water heaters are essential household appliances that help us keep our homes warm and comfortable. However, if you've noticed a strange noise coming from your water heater, it could be a sign of an issue that's causing problems for the appliance or even for your entire home. In this article we'll explain what these noises are, why they happen and how to get them fixed—fast!

Clanging noises.

If you hear clanging or banging noises coming from your water heater, it could be a sign of damage or failure. You should have a professional inspect your appliance as soon as possible to determine whether the problem is serious.

If the sound comes from inside the tank, it could mean that there's sediment build-up on internal parts and they're hitting each other when hot water flows through them. This may require professional cleaning or replacement of some parts--and if left untreated, could lead to more extensive damage down the road.

Creaking noises.

If you hear a creak or groan coming from your water heater, it could be a sign of a problem.

If your tank has been running for an extended period of time, it may need to be drained before refilling with fresh water and restarting the heating process. This can help prevent build-up in the tank and improve efficiency over time.

Knocking noises.

If your water heater is making knocking noises, that's usually a sign of sediment buildup. Sediment buildup can cause your water heater to malfunction and even leak, which can lead to expensive repairs or even damage to your home. In addition to these issues, sediment buildup may also cause the unit to fail prematurely.

Pulsating sounds.

Pulsating sounds are usually caused by a faulty expansion tank. This is a small device that sits on top of the water heater, filled with pressurized air. If it fails, it can cause your water heater to make noises that sound like pops or hisses.

If you hear this kind of noise coming from behind your wall or under your floorboards, get in touch with an expert immediately! Your home may not be safe if there's any sort of structural damage going on behind its walls. In addition to checking for structural issues (like cracks), they'll also look at whether or not the expansion tank needs replacing and whether replacing it will fix any other problems that might have caused this issue in the first place

Roaring water noises.

If your water heater is making a roaring sound, it could be caused by water hammer. Water hammer is a noise that happens when the water in your pipes moves too quickly and hits them with force. This can cause damage to both your pipes and appliances--and if you hear this sound coming from your hot water heater, it's time to call a plumber!

If your water heater is making unusual noises, it could be a sign of trouble. You should get in touch with a professional as soon as possible. SERVPRO is here to help 24/7 for your water restoration emergency if you have a water loss from a faulty water heater.

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