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Why Is My Water Heating Making a Kettling or Boiling Noise?

Hearing your water heater making unusual sounds can feel alarming. You don’t know what’s wrong or even how serious the problem might be. The good news is, if your water heater begins to make a kettling or boiling sound, the problem is fixable.

It is important to act fast and schedule service at the first sign of something being wrong with your water heater. This way, our team can address the issue and help prevent any additional damage. Just give us a call if you have a boiling water heater in Gainesville. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about what a boiling or kettling water heater means and why the problem needs to be addressed immediately.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is usually the cause when you hear a kettling or boiling sound coming from your water heater. If your home has hard water, that means that the water source has a high mineral content. Very tiny particles of magnesium, calcium, and other minerals are found in tap water to varying degrees. 

Having a significant amount of these particles in your water can mean that they build up quickly inside of your water heater. Even though you cannot see them with your naked eye, they can create sediment on the bottom of your water heater as months go by. Then when your water heater turns on to heat water, the minerals begin to pop, resulting in a kettling or boiling sound.

Risks of Hard Water

You may not think the sounds are a big deal. However, the minerals found in hard water are very abrasive. If they remain inside of your water heater for too long, they can lead to corrosion. Once rust develops on the inside of your water heater, it cannot be reversed. Instead, we will have to replace your entire water heater with a new model.

How to Address Hard Water

If hard water is a concern for your water heater, that means it’s also a concern for the rest of the plumbing in your home. Just like hard water can cause corrosion inside of your water heater, it can do the same for other water appliances and even your pipes and plumbing fixtures.

The good news is that you have some options. You can schedule an annual appointment to have your water heater flushed out to remove hard water mineral buildup. Or you can install a water softener in your home that eliminates these particles before the water ever reaches your house. This is a great way to protect your water heater along with all of your other plumbing fixtures and water appliances.

Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”

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