Does your gas water heater make “popping” noises when the burner turns on? Or, if you have an electric water heater, does it make a “whistling” or “hissing” sound when it’s making hot water? This is a fairly common water heater problem, and while not an immediate problem, if it’s not attended to, it can develop into a much more serious problem. Not as serious as a leaking water heater, but it has that potential.
If your water heater is an electric water heater, the solution is fairly simple: Change the elements in the water heater. The noise is due to a mineral build-up on the elements themselves. When you change the elements, the noise will disappear. An added bonus; you’ll probably save having to take a cold shower as you will have replaced the elements before they failed.
If your water heater is a gas fired model, the solution is a little more involved. The “popping” sound is the noise made when there is a substantial sediment build-up in the bottom of the heater. The solution is to drain the water heater and remove the scale. If, after draining and refilling the heater it still makes noise, you’re probably going to have to call a professional to drain the heater and remove the scale. If this is your problem, call us at Sav-On Plumbing 602-488-4647. We are skilled in this repair. Your water heater will thank you for it-by giving you several more years of hot water, at a lower cost.