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Old 09-14-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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I have a sediment problem in my house and it is driving me crazy. It appears in most of my faucets and I have to go around weekly cleaning the faucet screens etc...

I have a Titan Tankless water heater and just installed a Kenmore Elite Water softener with a prefilter from the main and before the softener. I installed the prefilter under the assumption It would catch this problem. I have had the softerner for a month now and the sediment continues to build up.

Can anyone give me an idea or some help on this?

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:56 AM   #2
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I looked into this further last night and seen that the sediment comes out when I turn on the hot water side. I don't understand how as I have a tank less water heater. If I turn the hot water on and off like 10 times in a row the sediment is more visible.

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NO1B4ME (I got that, by the way) try this: go to an outside faucet that may come off the main water line before water goes to the water softener, the pre-filter, and the tankless heater. Run some water into a clean, glass, jar (clean mayonnaise jar), let it settle and see if there is sediment in it. You may even try this at an outside faucet, say on the back of the house, to see if there is any difference. One other thing, have you ever seen firemen go to a fire hydrant and open it to flush out the water lines? You may need to do this all within, and outside your home, with all the strainers off the faucets. Good Luck, David
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How old is the tankless WH?

While there is no tank there is maintenance. I have seen that most tankless WH's will have a bulid up in the heat exchanger and sometime need to be disassembled and cleaned with water/vinegar or something like CLR cleaner or flushed out. This is depending on how much build up you have.

If you can contact the installer and question them

Here is a video to make ref to.



As a Rinnai dealer I have never had to flush a system but have seen it done in a training class.
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