Noisy Water Heater | Water Heat Repair Fort Worth
When the water heater is making a popping, rumbling noise, it is due to a build-up of sediment/scale from the mineral content in your hard water. Prevention is the best means of avoiding the issues behind a noisy water heater. The solution for sediment is the same as prevention – draining the water heater. When you have problems with your water heater give our plumbers in Fort Worth a call for water heater repair in Fort Worth.
Build-up in the water heater can affect its performance, and you may notice the water doesn’t heat up as quickly. Routine flushing maintains a sediment free appliance, its performance, efficiency and extends its lifespan.
While the noise itself is harmless, the sediment is not and will eventually cause problems.
- In a gas hot water heater sediment slows heat transfer from the gas burner to the water. This can cause the water heater to overheat, damaging the inner lining and weakening the tank, leading to a leak. Once the tank has rusted, replacement of the water heater will be required.
- In an electric water heater the sediment can encase the electric heating element, causing it to burn out. Replacement of the element(s) will be required with water heater repair in Fort Worth.
Follow these instructions to flush and drain the water heater tank. If you are uncomfortable, or unable to do this yourself, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth.
1) Turn off the water heater.
- Electric water heaters: turn off the water heater circuit breaker in the home’s electrical panel.
- Gas water heaters: turn the gas switch to pilot.
2) Turn off the cold water supply to prevent water from entering the water heater.
If you don’t have a shut off valve located at the water heater, you can shut the water off at the meter.
3) Connect a garden hose to the drain valve.
Place a towel below it in the event leakage occurs.
4) Place the other end of the hose out of a door or window to drain. If this isn’t possible, use a bucket. Ensure the hot water will not drain on people, pets, plants, electrical plugs or other electrical items.
5) Open the nearest hot water tap first. This will enable the water to come out of the hose.
6) Open the drain valve.
Water should start coming out of the hose, use caution as the water will be hot. If using a bucket you will have to monitor the water level. Close the drain valve and empty the bucket often. It is best to empty when about 2/3 full to avoid being burned by hot water.
7) Periodically check the draining water. When you no longer see sediment draining, and the water is clear, the tank is flushed.8) Close the drain valve.
Disconnect the hose from the valve using a towel or oven mitt to avoid being burned. Close the tap previously opened.
9) Turn the cold water supply back on. Wait 10 minutes for the water heater to fill back up. Turn on a hot water faucet to purge any air out of the tank. When the water stops sputtering you can turn the hot water off.
10) Turn the water heater back on to start heating the water.
To prevent sediment/scale build up in the future remove 2 quarts of water from the drain valve on the water heater tank every 2 to 3 months. Alternately, your plumber can install a water softener providing protection to the home’s plumbing from hard water scale, and significantly reducing the amount of water heater repair in Fort Worth in the course of its lifetime.
If draining the tank doesn’t resolve the issues of taking an excessive amount of time to heat water, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for water heater repair in Fort Worth.
A Benjamin Franklin licensed plumber can provide the expertise you require for water heater repair in Fort Worth. We stand behind our repairs with the Benjamin Franklin 100% satisfaction guarantee. Furthermore, our plumbers offer a broad range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating. Contact us today to schedule water heater repair in Fort Worth.