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Old 11-18-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Water heater sediment

I manage an apartment complex where the water provided is very hard 17.1 (ppm). The 100 gal. commercial gas water heaters are lasting less then a year, then must be replaced due to sediment build up. We have tryed frequent flushings, water softners and "zeta Rod" nothing seems to work, any suggestions?


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Old 11-18-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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Filter before each water heater. Will have to replace often but cheaper than replacing water heaters.

Also consider tankless water heater. No problems with sediment there.


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Old 11-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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With a softener and possibly a filter ahead of the tank, it should take care of the problem, at least for more than a years use. With that hard of water and sediment, don't evn think about a tankless. Most manufacturers will state flat out that they will clog very quickly. The small tubing used in them is not tolerant of solids.
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