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Old 09-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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water filter question

I put in a new filter at the beginning of the season. I am camping all this month from fresh water tank. The water smells bad when I turn it on so I checked the filter. The container the filter is in has a bunch of big chunks of debris in it. I was going to just change the filter and clean that area out of the debris. Can I do this without emptying my fresh water tank?
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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You could. You just need to turn off the pump and open a faucet to release any pressure in the system, and then you can remove the filter housing. However, I'd want to investigate where those "big chunks of debris" came from.

The bad smell may be from the water itself rather than anything in the filter. Our local city water gets a musty smell this time of year as algae in the lake begins to die off. Its not harmful, just smells bad.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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Roten egg smell?
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Yeah rotten egg musty smell to it...not sure on the debris unless it was from camping earlier in the year being hooked up to a water connection
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Could be the hot water heating element. That used to happen to me. If you've had the unit awhile then that probably not it.
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Sanitize and flush system with bleach.
1/4 cup per 15 gallon of water.
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Should I do that with the hot water tank area as well? Or by pass the hot water tank?
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Should I do that with the hot water tank area as well? Or by pass the hot water tank?
With hw tank in.
that's where the smell is coming from.
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Drain the hotwater tank

Make sure you turn off the electric and gas to the hot water tank.

Turn off the pump, relieve the water pressure, make sure water in the hot water tank is cold. Remove the anode rod at the bottom of the tank. Drain
and flush the hot water tank.

I sanitize my fresh water system by draining the fresh water tank, remove
the filter from the filter cartridge, fill fresh water tank about 1/2 full, add 1/4 cup of bleach to F/W Tank, fill tank until full. Open fresh water faucets in bath and kitchen until you smell bleach. close cold water faucets. Now open the hot water faucets in bath and kitchen until you smell bleach. Finish filling fresh water tank again, let set for at least 12 hours. Drain fresh water tank,
refill F/W tank until full for the second time. Open the cold water faucets, flush the cold lines to remove the bleach water, close. Open the hot water
faucets, flush to remove the bleach water. Drain hot water tank to remove
bleach water. Fill F/W tank until full, drain until empty. Refill F/W tank for the third time, flush all lines, drain tank again. Refill for your trip!

I only drain the Hot water tank and flush in the spring and also inspect the anode for replacement. It takes a 1 1/16" socket to remove the anode rod.

I do not use a filter in the filter canister that is installed, instead I use the
water filters purchased at walmart and change the filter every 14 days of use. WalMart now has two filters in the same package for around $25.00.(???)

seems like a long process, but it keeps my water from smelling bad.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:23 AM   #10
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If I turn the bypass on can I empty the hot water tank? I Ask this as i am hooked up at a state park with no fresh water hookup and I do not have any containers to fill the fresh water tank while there. I will be here for a few more weeks before heading home.
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