Many people are surprised to find out that even a brand new electric water heater can make some very strange noises such as popping, rumbling or even a whistling noise like a boiling tea kettle makes.
However, be it an electric or gas water heater, the first rule of thumb and the most crucial is to simply turn off the water heater at the circuit breaker or at the knob or gas valve. No do-it-yourself project is worth an electrocution or gas explosion.
The next vitally important step to take is to get to familiarize yourself with the water heater. A quick look through the User Guide manual will have the model number; moreover, a look at the heater itself will reveal the serial number as well other pertinent information.
Today, companies have an online presence where an owner can get some quick support information for their particular model. Many will have an 800 number available on their website along with contact information such as fax numbers or email addresses. Some company websites provide live chat and additional phone numbers; moreover, some may even have personnel available to give customers a preliminary basic walk-through.
Moreover, knowing what is covered under the warranty is also vitally important; many companies discourage customers from doing their own repairs and prefer sending out company sponsored repairmen instead.
Water heater noises can be normal for some models and very abnormal for others models. In some gas heaters it may be a whooshing noise when gas first comes into a heater. On an electric model, normal noises come as a result of the water heating and causing heater components to either expand or contract.
Older models may have built up sediment that may sometimes cause a rattling sound and/or a deep rumbling sound. If this is the case, then a simple tank flush out using a garden hose may resolve the problem. However, a basic knowledge of even this easy water heater maintenance procedure is first required.
If you’re experiencing any issues with your water heater in Brooklyn, it’s always best to have a professional take a look at it. Reach out to the plumbing pros at Petri Plumbing & Heating if you need a quality plumbing contractor in Brooklyn, NY to help with your water heater!