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Old 01-27-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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We're on well water with a high mineral content. If we are gone for a few days from our home the hot water acquires the smell and taste of rotten eggs. It takes a large volume of water to purge the lines after that.

With regular use it's fine with the exception of the hot water. PEE-YEW!

From what I've read, it's a bacteria reacting with the anodes within the hot water heater tank itself. If I turn the water heater off, the smell is not as strong. If I drain the hot water heater about once a month it's better, but not perfect.

Any other suggestions?

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Old 01-28-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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Any type of filter on the system?

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I had the same problem. I believe it was manganese in the water reacting with the anode. The solution was to buy a water heater that was designed without an anode. The brand I got was Marathon I think.

You could remove the anode rod from your current water heater. It will probably void the warranty but if you are planning on replacing the water heater anyway you can see how long it will last without the anode. Probably quite a few years.

You could also try a water softener to remove the manganese.
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Interesting. I didn't realize that they made water heaters without anodes.

Did you have to find it at a specialty plumbing or was yours available through Lowes, Home Depot or Sears?
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I think I got it at Sears but it's been 13 years so I could be wrong. It's still going fine.
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Thanks, I'll check on it. Good info!

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