Halloween is right around the corner, which means many homeowners and their families will be gearing up for typical Halloween mischief. Maybe even the ghost and goblins will make an appearance… But one area that should not be confused with a ghost is the home water heater.
That’s right – home water heaters can make a variety of different sounds that may signal a potential issue(s). Homeowners and their families should keep their ears open for such signs so that they can call a professional water service for help.
Key Sounds to Beware Of
Hissing and Screeching
First off, hissing and screeching from the water heater may signal issues that need to be resolved. Hissing, for one, may mean that there is a leak or fracture present in the tank. The hissing results if there is a way for the water to leak out while it is heating, and the contact between the water and hot surfaces can result in hissing.
On the other hand, screeching may signal that there is a valve that is not opening all the way. Restriction to the valve means that the water itself is restricted and cannot properly flow through, which results in a screech-like sound. One should take both of these sounds very seriously.
Cracking, Popping, or Rumbling
Cracking, popping, or rumbling may also signal potential issues that may require water heater repairs. These sounds often arise due to sediment buildup in the tank. Sediment buildup is a slow and steady process that can become a significant issue if not addressed as soon as possible. It can lead to discolored water, poor water quality, and overheating, among other things.
One of the easiest ways to address this is by getting regular water heater maintenance checks. Doing these roughly annually will ensure that the water heater tank operates at maximum efficiency and without issue. Professionals will usually “flush out” the sediment built up in the tank to prevent it from becoming a problem.
Humming or Ticking
Humming or ticking are the final categories of sounds that homeowners should look out for. Humming often results if there is a loose heating element. When the heating process begins, this loose element can cause a humming sound during operation. The sound can be relatively quiet or relatively loud, depending on how loose the element is.
As for ticking, this can often result due to an issue with the heat traps or check valves. The heat trap is a component of the water heater system that can make a ticking sound during heat expansion. This may not necessarily be a bad thing, but it is something to listen for. Check valves are similar to heat traps and can also make light ticking sounds during normal operation. Homeowners should consult a professional if the ticking becomes constant to provide advice on whether a replacement makes sense.
About American Eagle Plumbing
American Eagle Plumbing, Inc. of Round Rock, TX is a family-owned and operated company providing quality solutions since 2009. With the belief that “your safety and satisfaction is our #1 priority,” they provide flat-rate pricing, fast turnarounds, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed for every one of their customers. Call them for water heater help today!