Have you noticed strange noises coming from your water heater? Humming, knocking, hammering, screeching or tapping are all sounds that can indicate your water heater needs maintenance. However, there’s usually a straightforward explanation for these unpleasant sounds: naturally occurring sediment buildup.

As water is heated, minerals accumulate over time and settle at the bottom of your tank. These clog up valves and lines attached to your tank, resulting in worrisome noises. In New Mexico, which is known for its hard water, buildup occurs more frequently, making this issue common in the area.

Fortunately, this problem can be easily fixed with a routine flush. This can be done yourself by following the below steps:

  • Turn off the power knob, gas line and cold-water supply to your tank.
  • Then turn on the hot water in one of the sinks or tubs in your home to help ease pressure and prepare it for the draining process.
  • Open the drain valve and connect one end of a hose to it, place the other end outside or somewhere safe to drain and allow it to empty completely. You may want to move the hose to spread out the water’s area as it drains.
  • Leaving the drain valve open, turn back on the cold-water knob so any lingering sediment can be released fully.
  • Close the drain valve, remove the hose and make sure the cold-water valve is on, so your tank can begin refilling.
  • Once the hot water running in your sink or tub turns cold, shut it off. Then turn the gas valve back on.

Although a water heater tank flush is something you can do yourself, do not hesitate to reach out to Affordable Service to book an appointment. Our experts can inspect your water heater and provide an estimate if needed. Remember, regular maintenance is crucial to keep your water heater functioning correctly and avoid costly repairs in the future.