Hot Water Heater Sounds
by Sherm Turner
Whenever I use a lot of hot water, afterward when I turn on a hot water valve anywhere in the house, I get a surge of pressure and a loud gurgling sound inside the waterheater. The water heater is only 1 year old. I replaced the main line pressure regulator and it is set at 50psi. I have bled the pipes and I dont think there's air in the system. What could be causing this problem? The waterheater is a Reliance 501 gas heater. The pressure reducer is a Case-Acme. The house was built in 1985. Any suggestions?
Tired of Gurgling
It sounds like you need to install a thermal expansion device. In plumbing it is called "shock control absorber" and allows for expansion and contraction. That should eliminate the gurgling.
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