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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 04:09 am
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jbirdawg
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Anode has never been changed nor has this unit been flushed. I am handy enough to work on it. Wife, of course says, just get a new one. Tired of the discolored water. I am wondering if a flush and possibly a new anode may take care of it and save it for a longer period. It is in our unfinished basement with some space overhead. We are in Marietta, GA and have no water softeners applied. Any suggestions? I am new to the site and have not been all through the forum and am sure this has been asked previously. Thanks for your help in advance.
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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 05:41 pm
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The odds are that the heater is toast. You can put in a new anode but either it will rust out anyway because it's too far gone, or you'll find yourself replacing the anode frequently. When there is extensive rust damage inside, new anodes get used up a lot faster. The time to replace the anode is around the end of warranty.

Randy Schuyler

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Hello,  Discolored water can come from the rusting tank, or from steel pipes.  Do you have any steel (galvanized) plumbing? If not, the tank likely is toast.  If you do, I'd go ahead and check the anode.  If there is little of it left, you know there is tank damage.  If you find at least half of it left and functioning, I'd replace it and be hopeful! :D

Yours,  Larry

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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 08:25 pm
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Thanks, Larry. I have polybutylene pipes for the most part but am slowly replacing those with cpvc. So I suspect it is done. I was hoping to buy some time but it doesn't look good. Wish I knew then what I know now, right?

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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 08:25 pm
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Thanks so much for your reply Randy!

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Thank you so much for posting guys.

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