Noisy Water Heater: Why is Your Water Heater Making Noise?
A noisy water heater is not uncommon, in fact, it can be extremely annoying, especially if the tank is located in your living space. Some of the noises that you hear could indicate a problem, and others may not be anything to worry about. If your water heater is making noise, you should diagnose the problem.
Chances are you’re here because your water heater is making some weird noises. We get all kinds of calls about weird water heater noises, ranging from water heaters whistling, to water heaters sounding like they’re full of rocks, and yes, we even get calls about water heaters sounding like hissing snakes. If your water heater is making a hissing noise and you don’t know why, you’ve come to the right place!
What could be the reason that your water heater is making a hissing noise? There are several potential culprits that you’ll want to investigate – either by yourself or with the help of a professional.
Condensation can be a reasonable and normal cause of a hissing water heater. What happens is that as cold water fills the water heater tank, condensation builds up on the outside of the tank itself. As the condensation rolls off, it can hit hot parts of the water heater, and in doing so will produce a sharp hissing sound.
If the temperature of your water heater is set too high, you might also hear your water heater hiss. The temperature and pressure (T&P) valve will automatically open when the pressure within the tank gets dangerously high. The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure, and when the T&P valve opens, the sound of the pressure releasing can sometimes let off a hissing sound.
If you live in an area with hard water, then you’re probably familiar with sediment buildup in your tank. As sediment builds up in the tank, the minerals that are deposited at the bottom of the tank will actively trap water bubbles. As those bubbles boil and turn into steam, they will make a hissing noise.
No one ever wants to hear that their water heater has a leak, but these too can be the cause behind your hissing water heater. If there is a leak in your tank, even just a small one, it will release water. As the water hits the hot surface of the tank, it will boil and sizzle, letting off what could be described as a hissing noise.
How to Double the Life of Your Water Heater
The average life expectancy of a water heater may be 8-12 years, but there are a few steps you can take which will nearly guarantee a few more years. In fact, there’s one critical task that can double the service life, and all you need is your backyard garden hose!
If you only do one thing to care for your water heater, this is the thing to do. In fact, flushing your tank can double the life of your heater!
Some areas have what’s known as hard water, which is water with high levels of magnesium and calcium. Hard water can be especially challenging for water heaters since as the water is heated the minerals precipitate and form sediment which collects at the bottom of the tank.
Sediment can also come in with your water supply. But regardless of how your water heater accumulates sediment, it can create all kinds of problems including reducing the efficiency of the water heater by covering the lower heating element (electric heater) or covering the burner of a gas heater.
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