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Old 06-28-2015, 08:44 AM   #11
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More info on "water smell"

We just moved to a sticks and bricks on a well, rotten egg smell (drained the hot water added bleach, 3 weeks later smell was back).

This has worked for us. (replaced the Anode rod)
Solving rotten-egg odor in water heaters

Bought it here, cut to correct length.
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:55 AM   #12
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If you have a magnesium anode, change it out with an aluminum anode. The magnesium anode can cause the rotten egg smell you are experiencing. The smell is actually caused be bacteria reacting to the, magnesium anode, iron in the tank and water you hooked up to.

The smell will come back if all you do is sanitize your system.
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A p.s. To my last post. You can identify the type of anode by looking at the end of the external end. Magnesium rods have a button in the middle. Aluminum rods are flat and may the letters AL stamped into the end.
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A p.s. To my last post. You can identify the type of anode by looking at the end of the external end. Magnesium rods have a button in the middle. Aluminum rods are flat and may the letters AL stamped into the end.
Magnesium without "pimple"
SP11309C - Rheem SP11309C - .7" x 44.375" Magnesium Anode Rod

Magnesium with"pimple"
Rheem SP11524Z Water Heater .840" x 58-3/16" Magnesium Anode Rod

Not sure what that means in this context...

I never had one with a pimple before...
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If you have a magnesium anode, change it out with an aluminum anode. The magnesium anode can cause the rotten egg smell you are experiencing. The smell is actually caused be bacteria reacting to the, magnesium anode, iron in the tank and water you hooked up to.

The smell will come back if all you do is sanitize your system.
This I was not aware of. I do not use magnesium and have never had a hot water odor problem. I had no idea they were related.


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If you have a magnesium anode, change it out with an aluminum anode. The magnesium anode can cause the rotten egg smell you are experiencing. The smell is actually caused be bacteria reacting to the, magnesium anode, iron in the tank and water you hooked up to.

The smell will come back if all you do is sanitize your system.
The first year we used our used hybrid we had this smell and could not figure it out. Thought it was sulfur in the water but got it every where we went.. I sanitized the water heater only. Never had it again for the 5 years we owned it.

If you are relating to the fresh water tank when you say entire system I would agree with you if you use your fresh water tank. I never do.
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Are you filtering the incoming water?
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The first year we used our used hybrid we had this smell and could not figure it out. Thought it was sulfur in the water but got it every where we went.. I sanitized the water heater only. Never had it again for the 5 years we owned it.

If you are relating to the fresh water tank when you say entire system I would agree with you if you use your fresh water tank. I never do.
Bacteria travels, but in this case the specific bacteria loves hot water and may also be in your hot water pipes. Personally, if I am taking the time to sanitize I do everything.
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I did run the sanitized water through lines before letting it sit for 24 hours.
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Bacteria travels, but in this case the specific bacteria loves hot water and may also be in your hot water pipes. Personally, if I am taking the time to sanitize I do everything.
A thousand times yes.

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