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Old 06-22-2015, 05:57 PM   #11
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May be, I'm no expert, all I know is I've lived in my RV a little over 4 yrs. full time and about every 1-1/2 yrs. my water starts smelling like sulfur. I pull the anode and it's pretty well eaten up. I keep a stock of them and replace it and no more sulfur smell.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:13 PM   #12
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May be, I'm no expert, all I know is I've lived in my RV a little over 4 yrs. full time and about every 1-1/2 yrs. my water starts smelling like sulfur. I pull the anode and it's pretty well eaten up. I keep a stock of them and replace it and no more sulfur smell.
Probably because you drained the tank.
That alone may have taken away the sulfur smell.
But, if you do in fact have a sulfur smell it in fact is bacteria and a anode rod will not kill it.

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May be, I'm no expert, all I know is I've lived in my RV a little over 4 yrs. full time and about every 1-1/2 yrs. my water starts smelling like sulfur. I pull the anode and it's pretty well eaten up. I keep a stock of them and replace it and no more sulfur smell.
Sulpher smell is caused by BACTERIA; not the anode.

You need to sanitize your system to get rid of that smell.
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Have no experience with the problem, but this :
Hot water heater anodes and rust protection
says that bacteria smell CAN be helped with a new rod. (assuming the old one is bad)
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May be, I'm no expert, all I know is I've lived in my RV a little over 4 yrs. full time and about every 1-1/2 yrs. my water starts smelling like sulfur. I pull the anode and it's pretty well eaten up. I keep a stock of them and replace it and no more sulfur smell.
If you haven't already, try using an aluminum rod. Water with high sulfur content will react with the magnesium one and cause that smell. I have never had to replace a aluminum one. Just keep cleaning them up an reinstalling.
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Have no experience with the problem, but this :
Hot water heater anodes and rust protection
says that bacteria smell CAN be helped with a new rod. (assuming the old one is bad)
Solving rotten-egg odor in water heaters

I did not see where it said that...
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If you haven't already, try using an aluminum rod. Water with high sulfur content will react with the magnesium one and cause that smell. I have never had to replace a aluminum one. Just keep cleaning them up an reinstalling.

the suburban WH uses an aluminum rod for the glass lined steel tank. the Attwood uses a magnesium because the tank is aluminum. you need a rod that is more reactive than the parent tank, hence the mag. an aluminum rod in a aluminum tank does no good. the tank is still the anode...
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the suburban WH uses and aluminum rod for the glass lined steel tank. the Attwood uses a magnesium because the tank is aluminum. you need a rod that is more reactive than the parent tank, hence the mag. an aluminum rod in a aluminum tank does no good. the tank is still the anode...
Didn't think atwood had a rod @ all?

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Didn't think atwood had a rod @ all?

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I see.

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