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Old 07-09-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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need a new hot water heater

I am getting orange colored water thru my hot water valves.... I am assuming that the inner lining in my suburban water heater has cracked and I am getting rust from the outer metal tank.

I see they have tank-less instant heaters now....is this a better way to go? Its 1/3 of the cost of a new 6gal heater.

Our camper is seasonal now....only used April thru Oct.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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Have you replaced your anode? This would cause rusty water if it has gone out.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:49 AM   #3
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I am getting orange colored water thru my hot water valves.... I am assuming that the inner lining in my suburban water heater has cracked and I am getting rust from the outer metal tank.

I see they have tank-less instant heaters now....is this a better way to go? Its 1/3 of the cost of a new 6gal heater.

Our camper is seasonal now....only used April thru Oct.
From what I've seen on this forum I would NOT even consider a tankless water heater. Have no experience with them, but it seems like everyone that has one is wishing they had the tank type.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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There has been some discussion about tankless water heaters and the issues some owners are wrestling with. Here's a list of threads in FRF that describe the issues.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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I tried to replace the anode....it was sooooo tight...when I finally got it to turn I felt it hit on the inside like it was L shapped..... wouldnt continue to turn.... so I tightened it back up.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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I tried to replace the anode....it was sooooo tight...when I finally got it to turn I felt it hit on the inside like it was L shapped..... wouldnt continue to turn.... so I tightened it back up.
As bad as it may sound, you need to get the anode out regardless of how much trouble it is to do. It may have so much crud built up on it that it will take some persistance and patience to remove it, but it has to be replaced and the tank cleaned with a water probe of some sort to get the remaining loose crud out.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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I'm with Dunnnc.
Keep trying to turn in and out .
Have you ever had it out?
How do you drain water in the winter?
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