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Old 09-09-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Rust in water heater?!?!?!

So i did my quarterly water heater check, rustly/brown came out of the relief valve! I drained the water heater and a little more rusty water came out. My anode rod looks brand new still (replaced earlier this year). I looked at the clear lines i installed at the tank and there is this red/blood like color coating the inside line, help! I cleaned i of the clear short hose, but its all the way up white oem hose going to the pump.

About to do the usual vinegar/water boil, but i feel there may be rust at the bottom of the water heater tank, should i boil some bleach in the heater?

I use city water, and always have the cheapy camco inline filter.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:01 PM   #2
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Any chance you used RV anti freeze in the system over the winter?

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Rust in tank

I'm not sure if the small water tanks have a glass lining or not. I know the large home tanks do. It appears your zinc rod is not doing the job. I would replace the rod with a new one. There should not be that much rust in the tank to discolor the water lines. Is it still under warranty? some have a two
year warranty. I would contact the MFG of the water heater to inquire about the rust.

I have a tank that is 5 years old and no rust!
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I did not, i live in san diego, figured i didnt need it. It hasnt been sitting long (a month), and when we used the trailer we didnt see any discolor from the sink or shower
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I'm not sure if the small water tanks have a glass lining or not. I know the large home tanks do. It appears your zinc rod is not doing the job. I would replace the rod with a new one. There should not be that much rust in the tank to discolor the water lines. Is it still under warranty? some have a two
year warranty. I would contact the MFG of the water heater to inquire about the rust.

I have a tank that is 5 years old and no rust!
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From what i can see inside the little drain whole, it does look like there is some kind of coating. The zinc rod is a camping world brand i think
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I just checked the sediment trap on the water pump, its clear, no red or rust, did find some plastic pieces and a dead bug, gross
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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Before any period of inactivity/storage I always flush the hot water heater thouroughly and after all the rust is gone it's good for the trip!
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Before any period of inactivity/storage I always flush the hot water heater thouroughly and after all the rust is gone it's good for the trip!
Just a small pet peeve, it is a "Water Heater", not a "Hot Water Heater". If the water were already hot there would be no need to heat it, would there?
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if the rod looks new the problem might be too much telfon tape. Our tank has a blue lining.


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Just a small pet peeve, it is a "Water Heater", not a "Hot Water Heater". If the water were already hot there would be no need to heat it, would there?
If the water coming OUT of the heater is hot, could we call it a "Hot Water Maker"?
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