Gurgling, banging and popping noises from your water heater are not normal! And may mean your water heater has a build up of mineral deposits/sediment that is interfering with the proper functioning of the heater.
While these noises can be annoying, that should be the least of your concerns. This sediment build-up settles at the bottom of the tank and on a gas water heater will come between the heating element and the water. On an electric water heater, not only will sediment build up at the bottom of the tank, but it will accumulate as a scale build-up on the heating elements, making them less effective. In either case, the result is not enough hot water and/or water that isn’t as hot as it should be. The sediment build up may also block the water heater drain valve and, ultimately, may shorten the life of your waterheater.
Water Heater manufacturers recommend flushing your heater at least once a year. Especially here in the Phoenix, Arizona area, where the water is very hard (meaning it has a high mineral content), this is good advice. Flushing your water heater, as recommended, should be a part of your regular home maintenance plan. This will minimize the sediment build-up, keep your hot water heater working optimally, and will extend the useful life of the heater.
For more information about flushing your water heater, visit our Water Heater Repair page.
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