Oakville Water Heaters

Are you hearing noises from your hot water heater systems? How are you supposed to know what is a normal sound and what is an unusual sound from your water heater? We will help explain what are usual sounds that a hot water system makes and what may be more concerning. Hot water heaters can make sounds when they are properly heating your water, which are normal and shouldn’t cause any worry.
Nevertheless, if you hear some unusual noises coming from your hot water heater, this may be a sign that there is an issue within the water heater and may need maintenance and/or repairs by one of our experienced plumbers in Oakville.

Humming/Buzzing Sounds

If you are hearing humming or buzzing sounds from your electric hot water heaters, you should not be worried. This is a very usual sound and means the heating component is working and heating the water. It should only be of a slight concern when the noises become consistently louder, which would indicate the component is loose and would need to be tightened.

Tapping or Ticking Sounds

Tapping or ticking sounds are normal for your hot water heater to make. This means that the valves are working to prevent water from flowing backwards. However, there are new quieter options on the market now that our experienced plumbers at Precise Plumbing would be happy to talk to you about if your water heater is too loud for you.

Screeching, Screaming, or Singing Sounds

These sounds may require one of our Oakville plumbers to check the valves to ensure that all the valves are open and set correctly. This sound can sometimes indicate that a valve somewhere is not opened fully and the water is being forced through a smaller opening with pressure. This sound is not a major concern, but could be bothersome, therefore may require some assistance.

Hammering/Knocking Sounds

Hammering/knocking sounds may not be a direct cause due to the water heater, but may be a result of an unsecure pipe inside the wall, which could damage and cause leakage to the wall if not dealt with. Be aware of where you are hearing these sounds, if they are within the walls or near the hot water heater.

Rumbling, Popping, Crackling Noises

Various components and parts may need to be replaced if you hear any of these sounds. These sounds may be an indication that there is some type of residue build up inside the hot water heater, and may even require draining and flushing. These sounds are common in older tanks, which may have to be replaced.

Clicking Sounds on Tankless Heaters

There is a difference in possible sounds that a tankless heater can make versus a traditional water heater. The clicking sound in a tankless heater is normal and part of how the system works. The clicking sound is a result of the water moving through the heater and being heated on-demand. If the sounds are too unwarranted, this could be caused by excess calcium and mineral deposits building in the system.

To help avoid these issues and extend the life of your hot water heater, our Oakville plumbers can discuss the different options of installing a water softener in your home.

For traditional and tankless hot water heater maintenance, repairs or replacements or other plumbing services for your home in Oakville, contact the plumbing experts at Precise Plumbing by calling (905)-502-5739 today!