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new water heater now it

Posted by patches_02 (My Page) on
Tue, May 3, 11 at 8:06

Stinks when we use the hotwater and it's really bad.
Someone told us to take out the rod(or what ever it's called) but i'm thinking it's there for a reason. But on the other hand the smell is horrible. Is there a fix for this?

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RE: new water heater now it


The "Stink" rotten egg smell can come from a couple of different sources. first, the sacrifical rod or anode rod if made from magnesium can cause the odor, if this is the case you can replace the rod with an aluminum alloy type. The rod is there for a purpose. If you have aggresive water the water attacks the rod first until the rod is deterioated then it will attack the tank and eventually cause a leak. Maintain the rod to prolong the life of the water heater tank. Secondly, if you have a high magnesium content in your local water supply, this is another source. Thirdly there is an iron bacteria which causes rotten egg smell, you can sanitize the heater by pouring common bleach inside, maintaining for a period and then throughly flushing. In the final instance you will have to repeat this when the odor returns.

Hope this helps,

Dan Martyn

RE: new water heater now it

Turn the temp on the WH up to 140 degrees for 12 hours. Be careful using hot water during this period.

Flush the WH.

Set the temp back down to the setting it was before.

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