Water Heaters

You may be wondering if the noises your water heater system are making are normal sounds. Some of the sounds coming from your water heater are just part of the heater working to make hot water, while others may be of concern. Unusual sounds coming from your heater may be a warning sign that the heater needs some repairs and/or maintenance by a qualified plumber in Etobicoke and surrounding GTA. The following are some noises that you may hear coming from your hot water system:

Humming/Buzzing Sounds

Electric hot water heaters will usually make a humming and/or buzzing sound which indicates the heating element is on and working to heat up the water. It only becomes a minor alarm if the noise becomes louder, which would indicate the element is loose and needs to be tightened.

Tapping or Ticking Sounds

You may hear a tapping or ticking sound coming from your hot water heater, which is a normal sound that it can make. This indicates that the valves are doing their job to prevent the water from back flowing. If you feel like your hot water system is too loud, Precise Plumbing offers many different types of hot water heater systems that may be a quieter option for you.

Screeching, Screaming, or Singing Sounds

Even though these sounds may not be of major concern, it can be inconvenient to you and your family. These sounds usually transpire when a valve on the heater is not fully opened, therefore forcing water through a smaller opening from the pressure. One of our experienced plumbers in Etobicoke can come and check all the valves to see if they are set correctly.

Hammering/Knocking Sounds

The location of where you are hearing the hammering or knocking sounds are key in determining if there is a potential threat or not. The noises will usually occur when water is abruptly stopped, such as when your dishwasher ends its cleaning cycle. It is important to determine if the noise is coming from inside the walls or near your hot water heater. If you are concerned that the sound is coming from your walls, you should have one of our experienced plumbers come in to check if there is an unsecured pipe inside the wall, which could damage the wall and cause leaks.

Rumbling, Popping, Crackling Noises

Hearing these sounds from your hot water heater requires assistance from a skilled plumber. These sounds indicate there is some sediment built up inside the hot water heater, therefore requiring various components and parts needing to be replaced. It may even require draining and flushing of the hot water heater, and older tanks may even have to be replaced.

Clicking Sounds on Tankless Heaters

Tankless heaters and traditional water heaters differ in the types of noises they make. You may notice clicking sounds coming from your tankless heaters, which usually is a normal part of how the water is being heated on-demand. However, if you are noticing that the sound seems to be getting louder, it could indicate that there is excess calcium and mineral deposits building up inside the system from hard water. This can damage your tankless heater, therefore to help extend the life of your hot water heater, one of our practised plumbers in Etobicoke at Precise Plumbing can install a home water softener system.

To have one of our qualified plumbers come a discuss traditional and tankless hot water heater maintenance, repairs or replacement, or any other plumbing services in Etobicoke or GTA, call us at (647) 233-6203!