05:37AM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 04/15/03
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My hot water heater makes a lot of noise when it is active. It sounds like it is rumbling. When I bought the house, the home inspector said that it should be drained to get the resin out of the tank. I have done this several times, and the water is crystal clear.

Anyone know how much water you have to drain to get all the resin out? (maybe I am not taking enough out). Or, is their a better way to get that out so that it doesn't make noise all the time?

Thanks for your help!



03:21PM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
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Is it a popping sound when the burner is on? If so thats sedament build up in the tank. Is the heater old? Could be time to replace.


06:29AM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 04/15/03
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Yes, it is a popping sound when the burner is on. The heater is from 1991 (I think - thats what the sticker says). It works fine, just gets annoying from time to time. The inspector said it could be drained, but so far that hasn't worked. But, I have only drained a few gallons at a time.

Thanks for the reply!!

erik peterson

07:22AM | 06/24/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Draining the water-heater to get rid of the sediment should be done every six months from the time the heater was installed, Once the sediment has built up over years its impossible to remove all of it. If the noise really bothers you change the heater and deligently drain the new unit every six months or whatever the manufactuer suggests. Consider also moving the heater to a new location so as the next heater ages it will be out of ear-shot...(usually outside of house, good also for safety issues) erik
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