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Sounds like Trouble: Your Guide to Water Heater Noises

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Posted: December 13, 2018

On most days, your propane water heater toils away quietly behind the scenes, working hard to provide the hot water your need for your sinks, showers, and appliances.

But sometimes your water heater “speaks up” – and that’s usually a sign of trouble.

As well-built as modern water heaters are, they don’t last forever: in fact, the average storage tank water heater lasts about 10 years* (a tankless propane water heater can last twice that long – a big reason why tankless systems provide such great value as a home comfort investment). As they near those thresholds – or if they have developed other issues – water heaters tend to…complain.

Here are four sounds your water heater might make, and what they mean for your equipment:

Whatever the sound or issue with your water heater turns out to be, the experts at Parker gas can help with expert installation of high-quality, high-performance water heater systems from Rinnai and other great brands.

Need a water heater upgrade in your North Carolina home? Call the pros at Parker Gas – and don’t forget to ask us about rebates that could save you up to $150 on a new water heater! Contact us today to learn about propane water heater options that meet your needs and your budget.

* Want to know how old your heater is? Here’s a trick: look for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The first letter in the serial number corresponds to its month of production; the first two numbers its year of production. For example, in the serial number D082738598, “D”, the fourth letter in the alphabet, corresponds to April, the fourth month. The number “08” represents the year. The water heater was produced in April 2008.