How To Quiet a Loud Hot Water Heater

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One of the most common complaints we hear from home owners is about their loud hot water heater! There are many unusual noises that your hot water heater can make, ranging from popping and rumbling sounds to knocking, hissing and clicking noises.

Fortunately, there are many DIY tips you can use to help quiet your loud hot water heater and reduce those annoying sounds. Try the following to eliminate the noise, but remember that regular hot water heater maintenance and repair is key to preventing many of these sounds in the first place!

  • Cracking or popping sounds can usually be addressed by flushing your water heater. A buildup of sediment at the bottom of your water heater can trap water beneath it and as this water heats up, it forces its way through the sediment, resulting in a cracking or popping sound.
  • Knocking and banging sounds are often caused by pipes heating up internally. This noise is commonly referred to as “water hammering” and can be one of the most annoying sounds for home owners. While this does not damage your water heater, it can be quieted by installing a water hammer arrestor at the shut off valves of fixtures like your washing machine.
  • A humming noise coming from your electric water heater is normal, but if it comes on suddenly or is very loud, you should call a professional for assistance. To address minor humming sounds, you can tighten the heating element in your water heater (don’t overtighten) to prevent vibrations.
  • Screeching noises from you water heater can be caused by water under pressure being forced through or around an object. Typically, this noise is made when a shutoff valve is not completely open. Check the valve at your water heater, or at other fixtures in your home to ensure they are all completely open.
  • Hissing sounds can occur after you have used a large amount of hot water, such as after a bath or shower or running the dishwasher on a heavy cycle. When hot water is used up, cold water re-enters the tank and can cause condensation to form on the outside of the tank. As this condensation drips down and hits hot parts of the water heater around the burner, you will hear a hissing sound. If this happens frequently, you may have an undersized water heater that does not meet your household’s needs.

Have you tried these DIY tips to deal with your loud hot water heater and still find it too noisy? At Evam Canada, we understand that these strange and annoying sounds can disrupt your comfort at home. That’s why our water heater technicians are on hand to diagnose your loud hot water heater’s problems and find a solution so you can enjoy peace and quiet.

Book your water heater maintenance or repair appointment online now, or give us a call at 1-905-624-5544 today.

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Tankless Water Heater Repair and Maintenance Tips

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Many home owners see tankless water heaters as a great upgrade to their current tank water heater. There’s no doubt that the convenience and efficiency of on-demand tankless models make them a wonderful choice for your home, but you should keep in mind that tankless water heater repair and maintenance is still essential to enjoy hot water for years to come.

Though tankless models tend to have fewer issues than traditional water heaters, it’s important that you take care to keep your equipment in top shape. Try these tankless water heater repair and maintenance tips to keep your water heater working great:

Prevent Buildup
Hard water can cause major issues for your tankless hot water heater, causing scale buildup on the interior of the unit. Over time, this buildup can cause the system to shut down entirely. If you don’t already have one, installing a water softener can extend the lifespan of your tankless system and make an unexpected shutdown less likely.

Flush the Unit
Just like a tank water heater, a tankless water heater should be flushed regularly with a mixture of water and white vinegar. To do so, you will need a small submersible pump, hoses and a bucket to cycle the vinegar-water mixture through the unit. We recommend having a tankless water heater repair expert assist with this maintenance task every six months to two years.

Check the Temperature
You should also regularly check the temperature of your unit to ensure it hasn’t been set incorrectly or to adjust it to your household’s needs. As a general rule, a safe temperature is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but you may wish to reduce the temperature if you have children or family members with sensitive skin.

System Overload
If several people in your home are using hot water at the same time, your tankless water heater can become overloaded due to demand and will either fail to deliver hot water or shut down completely. If this occurs, you can reduce the demand for hot water, or try resetting the unit. Should you find this happening often, you may need to upgrade to a larger water heater or consider installing a secondary tankless unit.

Need More Tankless Water Heater Repair Tips?

Contact the tankless water heater repair experts at Evam Canada at 1-905-624-5544 to book your service or repair appointment. Our highly trained technicians will get your water heater working like new or recommend the installation of a brand new tankless water heater if necessary.

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Fixing a Leaking Hot Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve

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Your hot water heater pressure relief valve is an important component of both electric and gas hot water heaters. This valve is designed to allow water and steam to escape from the tank if the temperature gets too hot or if pressure gets too high, releasing some of the pressure before a dangerous explosion can occur.

While it is a critical safety feature, a leaking hot water heater pressure relief valve can be cause for concern. If you have noticed a leak from your water heater’s pressure relief valve, you can troubleshoot the issue yourself in a few ways:

  1. Check the Temperature

The temperature of your hot water heater could be causing the temperature and pressure relief valve to do its job, resulting in a small discharge of steam or water. Check the thermostat to determine the temperature setting of your water heater and verify this temperature by running hot water at a fixture until it gets hot. Use a meat thermometer to read the actual temperature of this water, ensuring that it is set at a safe 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

  1. Test the Valve
    Ensure that the valve is functioning properly by lifting the arm on the top of the valve and seeing if water comes out. When you release the valve, it should shut immediately and stop the flow of water. If the arm does not lift and does not snap back down immediately, it should be replaced. There may be debris or rust preventing the pressure relief valve from functioning correctly.
  2. Replace the Valve
    Sometimes your leaking hot water pressure relief valve can be fixed simply by replacing the valve. This easy task requires you to drain the tank to a level below the valve, then opening it to release any residual pressure. The valve can then be removed slowly using a wrench to turn it counter-clockwise. Replace the valve with one of the same pressure rating by screwing it in clockwise and tightening it with a wrench.
  1. It’s Still Leaking
    If you replace the valve and it still continues to leak, this signals a greater problem. A frequently triggered valve means that your hot water heater is consistently overheating your water or building up too much pressure within the tank. It’s best to call in a professional to determine why your water heater is getting too hot or pressure is getting too high so it can be repaired or replaced if necessary.

Not sure how to fix your hot water heater pressure relief valve on your own? We’re here to help! The experienced water heater specialists at Evam Canada are on-call to repair any leaks 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call us for your emergency water heater repairs at 1-905-624-5544.

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Water Heater Leak Repair: Dealing With an Emergency Leak

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For many of us, it’s our worst nightmare – noticing water leaking from our home’s hot water heater. No matter how serious the leak, you know that you’ve got a big problem on your hands that needs to be fixed, and fast!

Water heater leak repair is not something you should handle on your own, especially in an emergency situation. However, until you can get a repair technician in to address the leak, you can take some steps to prevent further leakage and damage to your water heater and surrounding property.

When you notice a leak coming from your hot water heater, here’s what you can do:

  1. Turn Off the Water and Gas/Electric
    The first step is to shut off the water supply to your water heater and turn off what is heating it (either gas or electricity). Find the cold water supply and turn the lever clockwise to turn it off. Look for an ON/OFF switch or dial and turn it to the OFF position to shut the power down.
  2. Call for Water Heater Leak Repair
    Now that your hot water heater is safely shut off and the leak is stopped or slowed, call your local emergency water heater repair service for help.
  3. Check the Drain Valve

Most leaks will come from the bottom of the tank, so start by checking the drain valve to see if it is the source of the leak. This is an inexpensive repair that requires the replacement of the drain valve altogether.

  1. Look at the Bottom of the Tank
    If the source of the leak is the tank itself, you have a much larger issue on your hands. A leaking tank likely indicates that it has corroded due to sediment buildup. In this case, you will need to replace the hot water tank entirely.
  2. Check the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve
    If the leak is coming from further up the tank, the temperature and pressure relief valve may be the cause. If this valve is leaking, it could mean a faulty valve, or it could be releasing excess pressure or water due to pressure built up inside the tank. In either case, a professional can diagnose and repair the problem.
  3. Drain the Tank
    To stop leakage altogether, you’ll need to completely drain the holding tank using the drain valve. Read our handy guide, How to Drain a Hot Water Heater to learn more, or wait until your repair technician arrives for assistance.

If you need immediate assistance with water heater leak repair, don’t hesitate to call Evam Canada. Our experienced repair team is available anytime to address your leaky water heater and stop it from becoming a bigger problem.

For emergency leak repair now, call us at 1-905-624-5544.

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What Causes a Water Heater Rumbling Noise?

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If you’re hearing a water heater rumbling sound, you might be concerned that you’ll soon be out of hot water. You’re not sure if your water heater is functioning correctly and don’t know if it needs repair.

A rumbling noise coming from your water heater can be scary, but keep in mind that it may be caused by a number of things, ranging from minor annoyances to issues that require more significant repairs.

In any case, if your water heater rumbling noise has you worried, read on to discover some of the most common reasons for this type of sound.

Hard Water
If you have hard water in your home, hard water scale can accumulate inside your water heater’s tank. This can cause your hot water heater to overheat and make a rumbling sound. If this is the case, consider installing a water softener or whole-home water filtration system to reduce scale build-up.

Sediment Build-Up

As the water inside your hot water tank warms and expands, it moves through any sediment build-up that might have formed within your tank over the years, such as rust or other minerals. This layer of sediment traps water underneath it, where the water heats and bubbles up until it bursts through the sediment. As the boiling water escapes the layer of sediment, it creates the rumbling-like sound that you hear.

Beyond the annoying rumbling sound, these types of build-up can cause future issues with your equipment. Though hard water and sediment build-up are not immediately dangerous, over time they can cause your hot water heater’s tank to deteriorate until it eventually requires complete replacement. Additionally, any sediment built up inside the tank reduces the heat transfer inside, meaning that your water heater’s burner must work harder to produce hot water at your desired temperature. This decreases the efficiency of your unit and increases your energy bills.

To resolve your rumbling water heater problem, you can drain your hot water heater to remove the sediment. It is possible to flush the tank yourself, or you can call in a pro to do it for you quickly and safely if you are uncomfortable taking this on as a DIY task.

If you cannot diagnose your water heater rumbling noise, we recommend that you get in touch with an experienced emergency water heater repair professional to examine your hot water heater. Luckily, Evam Canada is on-call to solve any hot water heater problems. Contact us today to book an appointment or call 1-905-624-5544 so we can get your equipment running efficiently as soon as possible.

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Relighting a Hot Water Heater Pilot Light

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A hot water heater pilot light is an essential component of any gas hot water heater. In fact, it’s necessary to ignite the gas burner every time your water needs to be heated! When your pilot light is out, you simply won’t have any hot water being delivered throughout your home.

If you are experiencing no hot water at all, the culprit is often a pilot light that has gone out. Relighting your hot water heater pilot light is simple and requires no tools, so you’ll soon have everything back up and running so you can enjoy warm water again. Before beginning this water heater DIY fix, we always recommend that you consult your water heater’s owner’s manual first.

  1. The first step in relighting a hot water heater pilot light is to turn the gas regulator valve to the “off” position and wait for 5 minutes or so for any residual gas to dissipate.
  2. Open the door or cover to access the pilot light, usually found below the gas valve. Some hot water heaters feature a glass window that allows you to see the pilot light without having to remove a cover.
  3. Next, turn the gas regulator to the “pilot” setting and press the pilot button down and hold it. This will start the gas flow so that the flame can be lit.
  4. While holding the pilot button down, use the ignite button to light the pilot. Older gas water heater models may require you to use a long barbecue lighter or match to manually light the pilot.
  5. Continue to hold the pilot button down for about 30 seconds after it is lit so the thermocouple has time to get hot. This is necessary as the thermocouple will automatically shut off the gas if it senses that the pilot light is out.
  6. Once the pilot light is staying lit, turn the gas regulator valve to the “on” position and replace any covers you removed.

If you find that your pilot light won’t stay lit, you should seek the help of a water heater repair expert. Working around natural gas can be incredibly dangerous, so any repairs should be trusted to a professional for the safety of you and your family.

Still need help with your hot water heater pilot light? Our technicians would be happy to help! Contact Evam Canada today for your water heater maintenance, repair and installation needs in the GTA and beyond. Call at 1-905-624-5544 or contact us online to schedule your appointment!

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How to Drain a Hot Water Heater

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Draining your hot water heater regularly is a good idea to ensure it continues to run efficiently and heat your water as effectively as possible. You should think about draining your water heater’s tank about once every 1-3 years to prolong its life by flushing out the sediment and mineral buildup that accumulates over time.

Luckily, this is an easy task that most home owners can perform on their own to prolong the life of their water heater and save money on their utility bills.

Ready to drain a hot water heater? Here’s how to get started:

  1. Turn off your water heater. Ensure that the thermostat is set to the “off” position and the gas valve is set to “off” if you have a gas hot water heater. If you have an electric water heater, shut off the breaker that feeds it power.
  2. Turn off the cold water supply. You’ll want to make sure no additional water is entering the tank.
  3. Open the hot water faucet in a sink or tub. This should be left open during the entire draining process to stop a vacuum from forming in the water line.
  4. Let the water cool. You won’t want to be draining hot water, so give the hot water inside your tank a few hours to cool.
  5. Attach a garden hose to the hot water tank’s drain valve. Place the opposite end of the hose into a bucket or outdoors if possible. If your hot water heater is in the basement, you might need a portable pump to get the water to ground level and outdoors.
  6. Open the drain valve. Drain the hot water heater completely or until the water running out of the valve appears to be clear and free of sediment.
  7. Flush the tank. Turn the cold water supply back on for a few minutes to flush out the tank. Before shutting it off again
  8. Put things back. Remove the garden hose, close the drain valve, shut off the hot water faucet you opened, turn the cold water supply back to the open position, and finally restore power to your hot water heater.

Not sure how to drain a hot water heater? At Evam Canada, we offer water heater maintenance services that will keep your water heater working its best! Our expert water heater service technicians are familiar with all makes and models and can handle everything from minor repairs to the installation of a brand-new water heater.

To book a service appointment for your hot water heater, contact us today!

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Hot Water Heater Not Working? 5 DIY Fixes

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One of the worst feelings as a home owner is discovering that our hot water heater is not working. A broken hot water heater means no hot showers, and leaves you unable to wash dishes, do laundry and keep things clean around the house.

This inconvenience leads us to seek out DIY solutions to the most common water heater issues. So, if you’ve got a hot water heater not working, try the following fixes to see if you can get it heating your water again:

  1. Turn it On
    This may seem obvious, but turning your water heater on may just do the trick. If you have an electric water heater, check to see that the breaker has not been tripped and reset it if it has. If you have a gas hot water heater, be sure that the gas is indeed turned on.
  2. Relight the Pilot Light
    If the pilot light has gone out in your gas water heater, attempt to relight it following the instructions found in your owner’s manual.
  3. Check the Thermostat
    Your hot water heater may be fully operational, but its temperature setting is too low to provide enough hot water for your liking. Turn the thermostat to a hotter setting (around 120 degrees Fahrenheit) and wait for an hour before you check the water temperature again.
  4. Check the Gas Line
    Your gas may have inadvertently been shut off further down the line. Follow the gas line from your hot water heater until you find the shutoff valve, and ensure it is set to the “on” position in addition to the one located on your unit.
  5. Examine the Thermocouple
    If your water heater’s thermocouple is damaged or defective, it can shut off the gas flow to your water heater and cause it to stop working entirely. This part may require replacement. See our article, How to Replace a Hot Water Heater Thermocouple to learn more.

When to Call a Professional

If the above DIY water heater fixes do not provide a solution to your problem, it’s a good idea to call in an expert for the repair or replacement of your hot water heater. Attempting to repair or replace a gas water heater without specialized knowledge can be incredibly dangerous and cause further damage to water heater.

If you’re looking for reliable water heater repair services in Mississauga and the GTA, give the professionals at Evam Canada a call at 1-905-624-5544. Our technicians are here to diagnose why your hot water heater is not working and get it running like new so you can enjoy all the hot water you want!

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Evam Canada’s Water Heater Troubleshooting Guide

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Figuring out what exactly is wrong with your water heater requires you to go through a process of elimination, starting with the most likely culprits and working your way through potential problems until you find the root cause.

When you find that your hot water heater isn’t working as it should, don’t panic – simply follow our water heater troubleshooting guide to start diagnosing the issue.

Ready to start troubleshooting? Here’s what you should look for:

  1. Water heater troubleshooting should always begin with a check of the area around the tank. A water heater leak can indicate a serious issue. If you notice leakage or pooling water at the bottom of the tank, shut the unit off immediately before examining further.
  2. The location of a leak is important. If it’s coming from the cold-water inlet or hot water outlet connections, try tightening these connections to solve the problem. However, if the leak is at the bottom of the tank, it is likely an internal issue that means the entire hot water heater will need to be replaced.
  3. If your gas water heater simply isn’t heating, check the pilot light to see if it is out. If it is, attempt to relight it according to your instruction manual. If your pilot light does turn on but does not stay lit, you may have a faulty thermocouple that needs replacement.
  4. Your water heater may not be heating properly if there is a problem with the gas control valve. If the gas valve malfunctions, it will cut off the gas supply to the burner for safety reasons and will no longer heat your water. A professional repair is highly recommended in this case.
  5. If you are getting some hot water, but it’s not hot enough for your liking, check the thermostat. The thermostat may have been lowered, turned off or it might have malfunctioned. Check to see that the thermostat is set to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If this does not improve the water temperature, it may need replacement.
  6. Is your hot water heater making loud rumbling sounds? There may be a build up of sediment and/or mineral deposits at the bottom of the tank. You can try draining the tank to remove the sediment and reduce the noise. A professional can assist in draining the tank completely to flush out debris.

If you have tried the above water heater troubleshooting steps and still can’t determine the problem, we recommend that you seek the assistance of a professional. A water heater specialist can evaluate your equipment and determine if it can be repaired or if it will need replacement.

To get in touch with an emergency water heater repair service immediately, call Evam Canada at 1-905-624-5544.

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Why is My Hot Water Heater Making a Loud Noise?

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why is my hot water heater making a loud noise”? If so, you’re among the large number of home owners in the GTA who have experienced strange sounds coming from their hot water heater.

There are many reasons why your hot water heater is making a loud noise, and each problem results in its own unique sound. While not all sounds are dangerous, it is a good idea to keep an ear out for any sudden or unusual sounds coming from your water heater.

In this article, we’ve rounded up Tags the most common water heater noises you’ll hear, what they might mean and how to start troubleshooting the issue.

Popping Noise
Popping noises while your water heater is operational are usually caused by a build up of mineral deposits at the bottom of the tank. Draining the tank or de-scaling the tank may resolve the problem. A professional’s help is suggested for this task.

Boiling Noise
Hearing a boiling sound coming from your water heater could actually mean that the water inside is boiling! Check the hot water heater’s thermostat and turn it down If you find it above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The water is overheating and can be incredibly dangerous, causing scalding.

Screeching Noise
A screeching sound from your water heater typically indicates that the control valve at the water heater inlet is partially closed. Check this and any other control valves to make sure they are fully open to reduce the noise.

Banging Noise
A banging noise when your hot water heater first starts up could indicate a dangerous gas explosion caused by excess gas at startup. In this case, your water heater is malfunctioning and should be examined by a professional immediately.

Rumbling Sound
As water is heated and expands within the tank, it makes its way through any sediment buildup within your tank and creates a rumbling sound. Flushing the sediment from the tank is a good idea to help your water heater work more efficiently.

Humming Sound
If you have an electric water heater, the humming sound you hear is likely normal and will not cause further damage to the tank or heating element. However, if you wish to reduce the humming sound, you can try tightening the heating element.

Finding yourself stumped by one of these sounds? The experts at Evam Canada can help diagnose why your hot water heater is making a loud noise. Contact us to book a repair appointment as soon as possible so we can restore your water heater to normal!

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