I'm not sure if this is for sure coming from the hot water heater as I can't pinpoint where it's directly coming from, but I've isolated it to the area of the water heater and seems to be coming from underneath in a pipe or somewhere I can't shine a flashlight into. But the noise as best as I can describe it, sounds like a frog, but not like a normal frog sound. More like if you were to air your mouths cheeks up, and make a slow farting noise with your mouth lol. I know that's ridiculous and I'm sorry but I can't figure out if this is an animal making this noise or what. It comes and goes randomly. I figured through the long cold winter we had that if it was a salamander or frog of some sort that it would've died, but now that the weathers getting warm again it's picked back up. It's so incredibly annoying and just wondered if anybody had any insight on this because I'm beyond stumped. Water heater works just fine and everything.