Every home needs hot water to wash laundry, clean dishes, and take showers. However, if your water heater begins to make strange noises, there might be a problem. These sounds, which can range from whistling and rumbling to outright pounding, are usually the result of a broken water heater.
If your water heater is loud, it almost probably has some serious problems that must be addressed before it can be used again. If you ignore sounds from your water heater, you risk an explosion, water damage, exorbitant energy expenditures, and a severe accident. In some cases, seeking outside assistance may be the best option. BenjaminBL Plumbing, for example, offers water heater installation to Kyle, TX clients.
Heating Element Failed
If your water heater is making buzzing noises, one of the heating components may be loose. If your water heater’s heating element is not properly fitted or is used regularly, it may become loose.
Often, simply tightening the heating element will cure the problem:
- To begin, turn off the power to the water heater.
- Locate the access panel for the heating element.
- Tighten and secure the component in place with a wrench.
- Carefully replace the access panel, then restart the power.
Seek the advice of a professional for the best results. Any faulty parts on your water heater may be repaired or replaced by Charles Krull & Son, Inc. Plumbing & Heating.
Water Flow Issues
A water heater’s sizzling sound is typically caused by debris restricting water passage via one or more internal valves. If you feel the problem is with the valve that controls how much water enters the tank, contact a plumber.
The installer will assess if the problem is with the valve or if there is another problem. Sometimes just replacing a damaged valve is all that is required. However, if the obstruction is significant, such as when silt accumulates in the tank, the tank may require more extensive repairs. It will undoubtedly be beneficial to have a professional evaluate your water heater to verify its safety and good operation.
The Age of the Anode Rod
Anode rods in water heaters act as a sacrificial metal that corrodes rather than the tank itself. This metal extends the life of the water heater. Anode rods must be changed on a regular basis, often every three to five years.
Take a quick photo of the anode rod before turning on the heater for the first time. You may use that image as a reference for inspecting the anode rod in the future.
The anode rod should seem strong and maybe even polished, as should anything made of metal. Over time, the metal will corrode and begin to degrade. It will most likely worsen and change color. When it becomes corroded and worn out, you must replace it.
Installation of a New Water Heater
Do you need to replace your water heater? Our team of pros can help you install a new unit or upgrade an old one. Technicians and plumbers provide conventional and tankless water heater options to assist you in choosing the ideal one for your home.
If you have any questions about our water heater installation in Kyle, Austin, or Buda, TX, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, please contact BenjaminBL Plumbing. We look forward to assisting you with all of your water heating requirements!