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Making Peace With Your Water Heater

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

A relaxing hot shower or a meditative soak in the bathtub can be one of life’s simple pleasures in Las Vegas, NV. Listening to mysterious noises coming from the water heater can interfere with that blissful experience. The reasons noises occur are fairly predictable and may or may not require the expertise of professionals.

Addressing the Cause

Not all noises are cause for alarm; the first step is to determine the type. The second step is to determine your course of action.

• Screaming, screeching, or singing is the result of water trying to squeeze through a partially closed valve. Check both the outflow, such as sink, tub, or shower, as well as the water heater.
• Knocking or hammering occurs when pipes bang against interior walls. Installing a water hammer arrestor is the solution.
• Rumbling, popping, and crackling occur when sediments have accumulated around the element tubes. When water is forced through the sediment, it is noisy. The solution is to clean the element, or if needed, to replace it.
• Humming sometimes happens when water flows around the vertically situated element in an electric model. Tightening the element can take care of this type of noise.
• Tapping or ticking of heat traps or check valves that direct the flow of water in the pipes atop the heater can be annoying. Swapping in a dielectric nipple is the remedy in this case.
• Clicking noises in the tankless system are likely just the sound of the flow switch turning on and off. Excessive noise when it turns on can signal calcium deposits. Burners and fans can also create noises and require cleaning, adjustment, or replacement.

Performing the Maintenance

Although any machine will eventually fail, routine maintenance, including an annual water heater flush to prevent buildup, may push that day further into the future. Moreover, a water softening system on the primary water line can reduce the accumulation of minerals.

Conventional wisdom states that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keeping your water heater doing its job without complaint just might be one of the keys to a happy—and harmonious—home. Visit http://www.SERVPROdowntownlasvegas.com for more information on water damage

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