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Old 07-17-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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sulphur smell from hot water

I have a suburban water heater and this season it has started to smell like sulfer. any idea's on how to clean out the tank?? I have already removed the anode rod and flushed it out with clean water but not sure if that will be enough
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:14 PM   #2
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I have a suburban water heater and this season it has started to smell like sulfer. any idea's on how to clean out the tank?? I have already removed the anode rod and flushed it out with clean water but not sure if that will be enough
Did you replace the anode?
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It's normal, mine does it every unused week....first few minutes of a shower & it's gone....until it sits another week.
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You can check out Suburbans tutorials on this at video 5 of this link:


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and here is the direct video:


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Old 07-17-2018, 10:55 PM   #5
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yes the anode has been replaced just truing to get the smell out of the PEX hose.
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:15 PM   #6
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It's normal. If it's going to be more than a couple weeks between trips, I drain the wh. Suggest you run a bit of bleach water through the hot water system. It will kill the smell and sanitize the lines.
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It's normal. If it's going to be more than a couple weeks between trips, I drain the wh. Suggest you run a bit of bleach water through the hot water system. It will kill the smell and sanitize the lines.
Might as well do the whole system while he's at it!

Fresh water tank and pump as well.

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Agree, sanitize the system with bleach. Lots of utube videos will show you how.

Very easy process. I do it once a year.
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Did you run RV antifreeze into your water heater? If so this will cause the hot water to smell. Best advice, don't run RV antifreeze through your hot water heater, bypass it.
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Check the temperature setting. If the temperature is too low it will cause that. Set it to 140 if you can.
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