Things That Go Pop In The Night: 2 Ways To Tell If Your Water Heater Has A Problem


Was your water heater installed more than 10 years ago? If it was, you should start thinking about a replacement. This is particularly important if you have a problem with hard water in your home. Hard water contains heavy metals that can be tough on a water heater. If you pay attention, you can tell when it's time to repair or replace. Here are two ways to tell if your water heater is about to break down.

Your Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Your water heater used to run silently, but now it's started making odd sounds. If your water heater has suddenly begun making popping or whistling sounds, it's trying to warn you about an impending problem. Here's what those sounds mean.


If you have hard water in your home, you probably have lime deposits inside your water heater. Those deposits can start popping when they heat up. When that happens, the inside of your water heater can crack, which can lead to leaks.


Your water heater has started making a whistling sound. That's a sign that there's too much pressure building up inside the tank. If you're hearing a whistling sound while your water heater is on, take a look at the outside of the tank. If you see water escaping from the pressure valve – located on the front of the tank – turn the water heater off and call a repair technician as soon as possible. Your water heater could be getting ready to burst.

Your Hot Water is Dirty

If your hot water has started looking more like mud, you have a sludge build-up inside the water heater tank. Don't replace it just yet. You might be able to repair the problem with a good cleaning.


  1. Turn the water heater unit off.
  2. Release the cold water by opening the valve on top of your water heater tank.
  3. Remove the valve cover and pour about 1 cup of bleach into your water tank.
  4. Leave the bleach inside the tank while the water cools for about an hour.
  5. Attach a long garden hose to the water release valve on the bottom of the tank.
  6. Open the water valve and drain the water from the tank.
  7. Replace the valve cover on the top of the tank and close the water valve tightly.
  8. Remove the hose and close the valve at the bottom of the tank.
  9. Turn the water heater back on and let the tank fill with water.
  10. Turn the hot water on in your home.
  11. If the water is clear, you've repaired the problem.
  12. If the water is still muddy, you'll need to replace your water heater.

If your water heater is exhibiting any of the problems described above, it's time to have a repair technician come out and take a look at it. 

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31 December 2015

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