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    Default Noisey Hot Water Heater

    During the night, when the hot water heater is trying to reheat the water, I hear alot of popping noise (like pop-corn is popping). Is the anything I can do to stop it?

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    Its from lime buildup in the tank. Drain the tank you will see the chunks come out.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...-product.shtml


    http://www.ehow.com/how_7232493_clea...s-vinegar.html
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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    Do what gizmo suggests, if your heater in 3 years old or less.

    Ideally, when you install a new water heater, it's good to drain it annually. However, if you haven't drained it in 3, 4, 5 or 6 years, don't try then. Sometimes the mineral built up is so bad that no water will come out of the drain outlet, even when you try to pry it with a screwdriver.

    BTW, if your heater is over 6 years old and out of warranty, start making plans to replace it.

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    It's much more effective if you connect a hose to the tank drain and turn it on. That way the water pressure will flush the tank out.

    John

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    Question Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    It's much more effective if you connect a hose to the tank drain and turn it on. That way the water pressure will flush the tank out.

    John


    John;
    Can you elaborate further. Are you saying attach an outside water source to the tank drain and turn on the water? How will the tank empty if the hose is attached and running into the tank?
    Thanks,
    James

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    hook the water hose to the bottom drain connection then let it drain on it drain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5RqPa95Fy0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjOK7znaMy4

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    You don't drain the tank you flush it. Just connect the hose to the bottom of the tank and turn it on. Let it run until the water runs clear.

    John

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o View Post
    You don't drain the tank you flush it. Just connect the hose to the bottom of the tank and turn it on. Let it run until the water runs clear.

    John
    John,
    You failed to mention that in order to do what you suggest, he needs a "hose to hose female connector/coupling". Without one, he can't connect the male end of the hose into the male part of the drain faucet.

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    I guess I'm not making myself clear. The hose connected to the bottom of the tank is for the water to run out. When you open it water enters the tank through the cold water feed. As we all know this water enters the tank through a dip tube which goes to the bottom of the tank. Breaking up and forcing out any debris in the bottom of the tank out through the hose. Just draining the tank will only remove loose debris.

    John

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    Default Re: Noisey Hot Water Heater

    This morning I posted some youtube video's that coaches you through the drain/flushing process. I guess the moderator is to busy to approve them
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