Loud knocking or popping sounds coming from one’s water heater could mean several things. Such noises can be indicative of an important problem with the hot water heater or they can simply signify the water heater is overdue for maintenance. In either case, dealing with a noisy water heater can be really frustrating! Fortunately the most common issue with water heaters is sediment build up, which is generally pretty simple and easy to remove and may help cut down the need for a Eugene Water Heater Repair.
Sediment is found in nearly all water and is particularly frequent in homes that utilize hard water. The sediment which might build up in a water heater is made up of primarily magnesium and calcium. There are several different ways sediment deposits can cause noise. If there is too much sediment, it builds up on the base of the water tank. Occasionally it can trap water under it which can cause the water to boil if the heater operates. The bubbles coming up from the boiling water and popping may result in odd popping sounds. The sediment may also burn at the bottom of the tank which will cause pretty strange sounds. Plus, the sediment can actually get carried up into the tank and then break off producing loud banging sounds as it dives down and hits the side of the tank.
Preventing Sediment Deposits
The easiest way to get rid of sediment whenever there is presently a build up problem, is to do a flush. This consists of getting rid of all of the water that is in the tank and refilling it. A homeowner can perform this maintenance task, but it might be a good idea to have a pro handle it in case there is currently a sediment issue. That way, the professional may analyze the heater to be sure there are no other problems. By having a professional come out yearly to carry out a flush and give the water heater a comprehensive check-up, is sure to help protect against water heater sounds and other troubles which can arise. Finally, installing a water softener could surely help with sediment deposits given that a water softener removes a lot of the sediment which can be present in water.
There are several other problems which might be bringing about one’s hot water heater noises. Contact us today to find out more and to ensure that a severe water heater repair in Eugene won’t be in your future.
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