If you’re hearing weird hissing, popping, or banging from your water heater, you may think it's haunted. While there's no ghost in your house, you may have a water heater in need of repair.From what those strange noises mean to common problems we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the sounds coming from your hot water heater. The average water heater will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Without service and maintenance, however, you could be cutting your water heater lifespan short. This is why checking on those strange sounds becomes important. Let’s get the mystery sound solved once and for all.
HEARING A POPPING NOISE? A popping sound is often because of sediment buildup in your unit. The pop you’re hearing is the steam bubbles bursting through the sediment as the water heats up. A loud popping noise could signal that it’s time to check your water heater. While there are descaling products available, this process is best left to the professionals. We know what to look for and how to solve the problem. We can properly, drain, flush, or clean the tank to remove the sediment and stop the popping. WHAT A BANGING WATER HEATER SOUND MEANS A banging sound in your water heater will sound like a hammer. If the pressure is strong enough from the water changing directions or stopping, you could have a burst pipe. Have this professionally assessed to make sure you don’t have a more expensive burst pipe or leak. THE CAUSES OF HISSING AND WHISTLING If you hear a whistling sound on your water heater, this could be from a valve that isn’t fully opened. We may need to replace a valve to get everything running smoothly again. In electric water heaters, a hissing sound could mean that heating elements are covered in sediment. Having your water heater professionally looked at can help determine the cause of the whistling or hissing. Not only does it sound terrible, but a whistling water heater could also be costing you more with wasted water and electricity. Professional check-ups will save you money each month on your utility bills. WHAT DOES A RUMBLING NOISE MEAN? A rumbling noise may also be caused by sediment buildup. In this case, the sediment forms at the bottom of the tank causing the boiling water to become trapped. This bubbling will make a vibration or rumbling sound you can hear from the hallway or even in another room. SCHEDULE A CHECK-UP FOR YOUR HOT WATER HEATER For any mystery sounds or suspected problems with your hot water heater in Victoria, we’re here to help. This noise may seem harmless, but it could signal a more serious problem. To schedule your consultation with us at West Bay Mechanical, fill out the contact form here. You’ll be one step closer to getting rid of that haunted water heater sound once and for all.