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When Does A Water Heater Need To Be Replaced?

October 4, 2009

Knocking Sound Coming From The Hot Water Heater

Have you ever wondered what that weird knocking sound is coming from your mechanical room?  No, it’s not the plumber, and he/she is not inside of your hot water heater.  The knocking sound coming from your hot water heater is a build up of sediment which moves around when the water is heated.  Though it may not seem like a problem, it can be detrimental to your hot water heaters efficiency.  If water sediment is present, the burner flame has to go through the tank, then the sediment, and finally heat is transferred to the water.  In this inefficient case, there is less hot water available because it takes longer to heat, and also more gas is being used.  So if you hear knocking from your hot water heater, it’s equated to loss of efficiency and money down the drain…Literally.

Water Or Leaking Around Hot Water Heater

Have you been puting up with a leak around your hot water heater?  If so, it’s time to call a plumber asap before disaster strikes.  A leak around your hot water heater means there is a crack or hole in the welding of the tank.  This tank can burst at anytime and before you know it, your basement is flooded.  Also, it could be the relief valve that is popping or dripping.  If  this is the case, the relief valve needs to be replaced to avoid possible flooding if the relief valve failed in the open position.  Whichever the case may be, we at Roger Vadnais Plumbing carry a full stock of hot water heaters and relief valves and in most cases  we can make a replacement or repair the day you call.  Contact us at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.comWe look forward to hearing from you!

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