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Old 10-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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Replace those water heater anode rods!

Hi folks had the camper 8 years! Replaced the anode rod with the kind that makes it easy to replace 7 years ago. Started getting s bbaadd smell awhile back, not rotten eggs, but worse! Replaced the anode yesterday, no more smell!
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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What is the 'easy to replace' type? I take mine out yearly and scrub the crud off it and replace. If it's not a sulpher or rotten egg smell you got, just what was it?
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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I git it at Camping World, $16.95, ask for the anode rod kit!
The smell was chemically!
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Chemical?? Are you sure it's not ammonia? If so, the refer is suspect.
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Not ammonia, just a bad smell! Fridge working well!
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Question

Was it the rod and water heater that smelled or the area of the water heater in general?

Dead mouse or other perhaps?

Did you flush out the water heater tank with fresh water, and some bleach?

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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The hot water had the smell! Once I replaced the anode rod I flushed the water heater, then turned it back on. The smell is gone!
I might add that the water had a brown look to it when it had the smell!
I am sure that when the old anode lost the sacrificial zink, that the water heater was then eating itself up and that was the odor and color! I just hope it didn't cause too much damage!
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Just an update, its two days since I changed the anode rod, the smell is totally gone!
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