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01:37PM | 11/09/04
Member Since: 11/08/04
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Recently, I started hearing "knocking" sounds from the water heater vent. It only happens when hot water is being used somewhere in the household. Is that something I should be concerned about? Thanks.


05:32PM | 11/09/04
Generally noise from the water heater are not a concern after you identify what is causing them. Up high by the vent the knocking is usually from back flow nipples. These have balls in them that prevent the hot water from backing into the piping. You may or may not have them depending on the make and model. You can put your hands on the silver nipples and feel the knock. This sound will occur whether the burner is on or not. It's the flow of water.

The most common source of knocking noise is gas bubbles coming up through the sediment on the bottom of the tank. This would occur after the burner has been on for a couple of minutes and may continue after the burner goes out. Knocking may also occur when cold water hits the hot in the tank. This happens if your dip tube has gone out.


11:02PM | 02/11/14
Member Since: 02/11/14
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I have purchased a new home and every time the hot water kicks on, I get knocking coming from the flue/ chimney of the hot water heater. My builder is telling me that it is a natural occurance with the flue/ chimney heating up and colling down that causes the knocking. I can understand that since the knocking occurs after the water heater (Gas) starts heating, and stops 10-15 minutes after the water heater stops heating. ( I assume the cool down period). This is my 15th house and I have never heard this before. Is this correct that it is the ventilation/ flue material heating and cooling, if so, why has it never happend in any other house, and how do I stop it? Change flue/ chimney material? It is so loud that it will wakse you up from a dead sleep because the chimney goes behind the wall in the master bedroom.


02:13PM | 08/07/15
I have the same issue. Were you able to resolve it? My flue is not accessible, as it travels between walls from the basement to the roof. I decided against a power vented water heater when I built this house due to my noisy power vent heater in my prior house. Not sure I did the right thing.


11:26AM | 10/17/16
I have the exact same problem. Has anyone discovered a solution?


03:38PM | 04/26/18
Having the same problem. Did you ever find a fix?


06:09PM | 06/25/18
Have a same issue... any resolution..?


11:19PM | 11/06/18
Same Issue! New house - plumber came out and said it was the heating and air people's problem. Called the heating and air people and they said it was normal. Suggested I put insulation down the flue.
Hopefully there is an easy fix!


07:57AM | 09/11/19
Hello, and thank you in advance for the help. I have an oil fired hot water tank. / / forced hot air. Whenever it goes on i hear a banging popping / clanking sound almost like a flap opening and closing. This ONLY happens when the hot water tank goes on and stops when it goes off. You can ONLY hear this banging noise in my living room near the chimney / fireplace. You can’t hear the noise while standing in front of the water heater while it’s on. I've had 2 service guys come out and inspect my hot water tank. They say it’s good and has good draft. One service guy heard the banging noise while standing in my living room near the chimney / fireplace and did not know what it was. I have the fireplace flew closed as we don’t use the fireplace. I climbed up on the roof, looked down both sides of the chimney and no animals, nests, or obstructions were present. I checked the hot water pipe from the tank and it was not lose or rattling. Both pipes from the tank go away from the chimney and wall where the noise comes from. I do not have a chimney cap, but it’s been like that for 20 years with no problems. One side of the chimney at the very top has a space between the bricks and clay. I don’t know if this has anything to do with it. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU!


11:41AM | 12/06/20
Shows how to make a resonator/muffler. I found it to be the easiest, cheapest way to silence a direct vent on a water heater.

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