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Does Your Water Heater Sound Like It’s Boiling? Here’s What to Do


We’re a big fan of the water heater at Affinity Gas Services. Why? Well, because the water heater is so overlooked while being one of the most important appliances in your home. You use your water heater every single day. In fact, your water heater uses nearly 17% of your home’s energy usage. This means that it consumes more energy than all your other household appliances combined.

Because of this type of usage, it’s understandable that you might encounter some repair troubles. When you do notice that you’re having water heater trouble in Gainesville, FL, then you can rely on the experts on our team.

What’s That “Boiling” Sounds You’re Hearing?

You may not be a water heater expert, but one thing is for certain, you know that your water heater shouldn’t sound like it’s boiling. You’ve probably noticed that your water pressure isn’t as great as it used to be, your water isn’t as hot as it used to be, and you hear the noise of your water heater boiling when you pass by the unit. What’s causing the issue?

In most circumstances, the sound that you’re hearing is your water heater trying to generate heat through a layer of sediment. Are you thinking “Sediment? How did that happen?” Well, the water coming through your home has a certain amount of sediment in it naturally. Over time, this a little of the sediment settles at the bottom of your tank, hardens during the process of your water heater heating up and cooling down, and creates build-up. This means that it’s going to make the future process of your water heater in the future.

So now let’s talk about the solution. What can you do to fix this problem? All you need to do is have your water heater flushed. “Flushing” a water heater is exactly what it sounds like. Our professionals come into your home, drain the entire water heater of water, scrape all the sediment out of your system, and then set your water heater back on track. If you don’t flush your tank and just try to work around the problem, your water heater efficiency with drop and your water pressure will suffer.

What About a Different Sound?

Maybe you’ve found yourself on this blog but the problem that you’re experiencing isn’t exactly a rumble, we’ve got you covered on this too. Here are a few more common water heater sounds to watch out for:


A sizzling sound is a pretty clear sign that you’ve got a leak in your system. The water is hot inside your tank, so when it leaks out it can create a sizzling sound as it hits a cooler surface. Contact a professional ASAP if you hear this sound.

Screeching/ Squealing

This is a sound that indicates a restriction in your water flow. If you’re having trouble with your water valve, you’re going to need to contact a professional.


If you power your water heater with natural gas, then a crackling sound could indicate a problem with your burner. Get in touch with our professionals and allow us to fix it fast.

Schedule an appointment with Affinity Gas Services. The Gas Efficiency Experts.

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