Many homeowners are incredibly aware of the sounds their house makes. Creaking floors, the hum of the refrigerator, the buzz of the microwave, etc. It when a new sound appears, or if you hear something out of the ordinary, that will grab your attention. And if that sound is coming from your water heater, especially during the winter, then you could have a problem on hand.

Water heater sounds won’t always be an issue. You will usually hear it after using a lot of hot water, as it kicks in to warm up more. But if that sound is constant, you have good reason to be concerned. There are some things you can investigate with your water heater, and might address the problem before calling a plumber.

One reason that your water heater is always running might be because of a leak. With a leak, water will be constantly draining from the tank, and would need to run more to make up for the lost hot water. Check the unit and the pipes for leaks as soon of the endless running of the water heater.

Sometimes, the water heater will need to work to maintain the water’s temperature, and that may be for a lack of insulation. This is a fix that most homeowners can handle themselves with an insulating wrap at any hardware store.

Over time, sediment is likely to build up on the bottom of your water heater. That sediment can cause the tank to function at an inefficient rate. Draining the tank can clear out the sediment and fix the problem. 

The last way to identify water heater sounds, especially if it is always running, will be to check its age. Older water heaters are more likely to cause problems, and will not be nearly as efficient as the modern models of today. Replacing it with a new water heater will help fix more than just the sound problem.

An always-running water heater is more than just a sound nuisance, but can lead to other issues that can be more difficult to fix. For more information on repairing or replacing your water heater, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.