Water Heater Question: Why Is My Water Heater Rumbling?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your water heater works hard for you every day that you need hot water in your Florida home. One of the first signs that something might be wrong with it is when it makes an ominous rumbling noise. You might at first be afraid that the heater is in danger of rupturing, but it doesn’t need to be so catastrophic. However, a rumbling heater is something to checked, or it could suffer additional problems and cut off your daily supply of hot water.

Even with an emergency, you can count on Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to handle your water heater trouble in Orlando with our 24/7 service.

Some of the reasons for a rumbling water heater include:

  • Cold and hot water mixing: If there are leaks around the input valve, then too much cold water might be entering your heater. As the cold and hot water mix together, they create the rumbling sound you hear. The addition of too much cold water will make your heater work harder, which is both inefficient and will hasten wear… leading to more repairs.
  • Hard water: You might have heard the term “hard water” before but didn’t understand what it meant. Hard water contains high levels of minerals, which can cause build-up inside your water heater called “limescale.” Too much limescale can cause overheating, leading to the rumbling problem. A skilled technician can descale your tank and stop the problem.
  • Too much sediment: Sand and silicate can infiltrate your heater through the main water supply or through leaks in underground pipes. As with a build-up of limescale, too much sediment in your water heater can cause it to overheat. Regular, professional maintenance can alleviate this trouble by flushing the system.

A rumbling water heater can be a bit frightening, but trained technicians can take care of your worries. For Orlando water heater needs, Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is ready to answer your questions and provide the service that will add you to our growing list of satisfied customers. We also serve Winter Springs as well as all of Seminole County, Orange County, and Osceola County.

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