Water heater noise after heating

charlesmartorelliFebruary 7, 2011

I have a rheem 40 gal gas water heater that I installed in October in the garage. When it was installed it was silent. In the last few months I now hear a metal popping noise 5 or 10 minutes after the burner has shut off. I assume it is just something cooling down. It does not make a sound heating up.Is this normal for this model? Or is something going wrong? Otherwies the heater looks to be functioning normal.

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Sounds like the baffles in the flue inside the tank are moving around.

They may make noise during heating, cooling, both or neither.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 1:09PM
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Have you checked your static water pressure? Should be less than 80psi

If your plumbing has a PRV (pressure reducing valve) at the water supply you should also have a thermal expansion tank near the WH and that tank should be checked for proper operation otherwise your plumbing, appliances, fixtures, and WH will see dangerously high water pressure.

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Could be the baffles or could be sediment accumulating at the bottom of the tank.

If you have hard water it could also be calcium (hardness) that has precipitated out of the water accumulating on the bottom of the tank.

Have you ever had your water tested? How long was the old WH in service? Was the old WH replaced because it leaked or another reason?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 4:12PM
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The old water heater was 8 years old and there was a problem with the burner assembly.I know my water psi is about 76. The noise is definitely when the burner is off and has been off for 5 0r 10 minutes. So I don't think it is sediment but like suggested must be a baffle or something contracting when cooling down. I am getting used to it know.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 7:59AM
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