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This Strange Sound Means Your Water Heater Needs Help STAT

This Strange Sound Means Your Water Heater Needs Help STAT

“Popcorn” noises are the last thing you’d expect to hear from your water heater.

But heed these words of wisdom: if you ever hear strange popping/rumbling noises coming from your unit, you need to call a professional ASAP.

Why? Well that popping noise means you have “sediment buildup” in your tank. And eventually, sediment buildup will lead to overheating, high energy bills and dangerous high-pressure problems.

Don’t hear this coming from your water heater? Good. You’re in the clear—and you definitely want to keep it that way. So we’ll show you how to prevent this costly problem from ever happening.

First though, let’s take a closer look at the problem behind this odd noise and how it affects a water heater.

Popcorn noises means you have “sediment buildup”

So what the heck is this “sediment” and why would it build up in your water heater?

Well, “sediment buildup” happens when minerals found naturally in the water settle and drift to the bottom of the water heater. Sediment buildup is inevitable for Minnesota homeowners because we have hard water (water with lots of minerals in it).

Over time, these minerals accumulate and create a thick layer at the bottom of a water heater. If ignored, sediment buildup can cause:

  • Ridiculously high energy bills
  • Expensive water heater repairs
  • Decreased hot water for your home
  • Shorter water heater lifespan

We know you want to steer clear of these water heater woes, so let’s look at how you can prevent sediment buildup altogether.

How to protect your water heater (and your wallet)

Two ways that you can prevent sediment buildup include:

1. Install a whole-home water softener

A whole-home water softener turns your hard water soft before it even reaches your water heater. A whole-home water softener is installed on the main water line and basically pulls the calcium and magnesium ions out of your water by replacing them with sodium ions.

Benefits of a whole-home water softener:

  • Lower monthly energy bills (due to efficient water heating)
  • Spot-free dishes after cleaning
  • Longer lifespan for water appliances
  • Clothes softer after washing and last longer

2. Make sure your water heater is regularly “flushed”

Water heater flushing requires a professional’s help. When they “flush” out your water heater, they basically drain the tank of water, clean out the accumulated sediment and refill the tank.

Doing this at least once a year will keep that layer of sediment at the bottom of your tank to a minimum. And did we mention flushing your water heater regularly saves you money on monthly energy bills and by preventing expensive repairs?

Don’t hear a popping sound and want to keep it that way?

Just contact us.

We can schedule your water heater maintenance visit to flush out any sediment that’s already in your tank.

Or, if you’re interested in learning more about whole-home water softeners, we’re happy to chat and answer any of your questions.

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