NYC plumbers can silence loud water heaters
Snap, crackle and pop may be sounds you don’t mind coming from your breakfast cereal, but it can be a bit unnerving if these are the sounds made by your water heater. Explosions are extremely rare, but noises coming from your unit could mean there is a problem that needs to be resolved.
If you hear unusual sounds coming from your water heater, it might be best to call a plumber in the New York tri-state area to immediately address the issue. Angie’s List helped local residents find plumbing services 14,000 times during 2010.
If you’re hearing strange noises and are awaiting professional help, your tank might be experiencing an issue due to:
Lime build-up in the tank: This is especially likely in areas with a great deal of calcium or lime in the water. A plumber can inspect and flush out the bottom of the tank. Consider installing a water softener, depending on the age of your heating unit. A professional can help you evaluate the need and benefits of a water softener installation.
Thermal expansion: The warmed water may cause some expansion, but it might not have anywhere to go if you don’t have a thermal expansion tank – a smaller tank usually mounted on the cold side above the heater. This tank contains a rubber bladder that accepts the excess water caused by the heating process.
Buildup in the temperature pressure relief valve: This can be replaced relatively easily. If this is the problem, take care of it quickly. However, if you are not particularly handy, leave the replacement up to a professional plumber.
Anode rod: Check this rod, designed to attract the minerals in the water so they don't attack the heater. Usually located on the top of the unit, it resembles a bolt head and is three or four feet long. You need a little clearance or the help of a professional to pull it out. Some units may not have the correct rod, since most are assumed to be for heaters expected for city water use. Manufacturers often make them specifically for well water.