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Why Your Water Heater Makes That Weird Popping Sound

Apr 8, 2019

plumber-repairing-hot-water-heaterYour water heater is an appliance that’s so out of sight and out of mind in your home that when anything brings your attention to it, you know something is wrong. Your water heater should really never make a noise that you notice, and it definitely shouldn’t make a popping sound.

If you’re having trouble with your water heater, don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Instead, make sure that you contact our team at Desert Suns Heating and Cooling Inc. We have some of the best water heater repair services in Albuquerque, NM, and we’ll always make sure to keep your home in good shape.

The Culprit: Sediment Build-Up

It’s really important to keep your water heater high-quality because it’s a heavily used appliance in your home. The water heater accounts for nearly 17% of a home’s energy use—it consumes more energy than all the other household appliances combined.

Over time, your water heater is bound to accrue a little dirt and grime. The municipal water supply here in Albuquerque contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. This is what we call “hard water.” Hard water isn’t harmful to your health, but it is harmful to the quality of your water heater.

Hard water is a problem because the minerals that cause it layer themselves along the bottom of your water tank. This layer then trap small amounts of water underneath it. When this happens, the struggle creates steam bubbles and as these bubbles escape the sediment layer they jostle the sediment and create that popping, knocking, or rumbling noise you’re hearing.

Get Your Water Heater “Flushed”

So you might wonder, “Well, how could I have stopped this from happening?” The answer is pretty simple—flush your water heater! Your water heater is just like your heater or air conditioner, so it needs annual maintenance too. Every year, you should have a professional from our team come out to your home and flush the system. “Flushing” in this instance means that your water heater is completely drained and then any sediment that’s accumulated at the bottom or the sides of the tank is removed.

Is it possible that you could do this on your own? Yes. Would we recommend that you do so? Absolutely not. You need the aid of a professional to ensure that you have quality water in your home. Our professionals ensure that all the scale, sediment, and mineral deposits are completely removed.

Choose Desert Suns Heating & Cooling Inc.

You should choose our team at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling Inc. because we’re a company that has serviced Albuquerque and the surrounding area since 1999. We understand homes here and know what homeowners want. The cornerstones of our business are courtesy, quality, and customer service. If you’re looking for a team that’s sure to leave you 100% satisfied, you’ve found them in us.

If you’re having trouble with the water heater in your Albuquerque, NM home, then make sure that you contact Desert Suns Heating & Cooling Inc. today to schedule an appointment.

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