How to fix Noisy Burner?

Why my Bosch water heater 1210 is noisy when it is heating water and what can I do to fix the problem?

The reasons for annoying water heater noise are different, and we will review several reasons which are shown below. The noise can also be a signal that something more complex and dangerous is going on. According to Bosch technical data the working noise range is between 45 and 65 db.

  • The elements that are making most of the noise are fan and the burner. Always check the burner flames during the operation through the viewing port; the flames should have a steady pattern with the blue color and no signs of yellow or red.

  • Ensure room sealed operation. The tankless water heater must have the combustion chamber properly (factory) sealed for proper work and safe operation. If the combustion chamber is not fully closed or the seal is damaged, it will result in leakage of products of combustion and you will hear the noise that is louder than in normal, sealed situation.

  • Check the venting system. The venting system must be done per codes, standards (ANSI, ASTM, CSA, ULC) and manufacturer’s instructions. That means, diameter of the pipes is not bigger and length is no longer than the recommended, the vent pipe is made of the suggested materials, venting and the exhaust vent adaptor are properly sealed. Otherwise, the gas combustion will be unstable and improper, which will lead to the reduced safety and loud combustion. The recommended vent diameters are 3” and 4” and the maximum lengths are 31 ft. and 63 ft. respectfully, for twin pipe system. Vent and combustion air connector piping must be sealed gas-tight to prevent the flue gas spillage and carbon monoxide emissions.

  • Reduced supply of combustion air. As the Bosch water heaters from 1210 series are direct vent models, an adequate air supply must be provided for safe operation. The air for combustion will be taken from surrounding, and such a room has to have the adequate size. The product of combustion also has to be moved out with the correct piping and with no blockage or obstructions. If one of these two factors is not met, the gas combustion will be unstable and will lead to noisy operation.

  • Cross contamination. Make sure that venting and combustion pipes have the proper clearance and are done per codes. In a case of the cross contamination the fan rotation reduces its speed and error code C6 appears.

  • Lack of gas pressure. Ensure that gas pressure is per specs. Minimum inlet gas pressure, under full operation has to be: 3.5” WC for natural gas and 8” WC for LPG or propane gas. If the requirements are not met contact the certified technician.

  • Ensure proper CO2 readings. The calibrated combustion gas analyzer must be used for verifying the proper CO2 adjustments. It is usually followed by the EA and EC errors and the main cause that affects the CO2 level is the improper gas pressure.

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