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Old 07-12-2013, 01:54 AM   #1
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When my water heater starts up, it sounds like a small train rumbling into the house. Once it's up and running, it's very quiet. The water heater has 2 straps per code. Any idea why it is so loud when it starts up?

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How old is it? Probably a lot of sediment buildup in the bottom.

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At least once a year (more often is better) the built up sediment should have been drained out of the bottom of the heater by attaching a garden hose to the drain and letting it run for a few min.
If it's never been done then the whole bottom of that tank is now loaded with whatever minerals were in your water.
Sometimes it can be broken up with a coat hangers enough so it will drain.
That build up can short out the bottom element is it's electric, or cause the water to take longer to heat up in a gas unit because it acts as insulation.
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Thanks Joe/Dan,

Oddly enough, this water heater is less than 1 year old. I replaced the old heater due to the fact that the previous owner never drained the heater. Do you think it's possible that I have the straps on to tight?
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Thanks Joe/Dan,

Oddly enough, this water heater is less than 1 year old. I replaced the old heater due to the fact that the previous owner never drained the heater. Do you think it's possible that I have the straps on to tight?
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How old is it? Probably a lot of sediment buildup in the bottom.

About 2 years ago I replaced a State gas water heater that was installed in 1978, when I later cut the tank open it had a foot thick layer of lyme and it never made any unusual noises or rumbling, in fact it was quieter operating than the new one which has a burner that sounds "turbocharged" when it's lit.
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GE ultra low NOx, natural gas...48 gal...9yr

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