Replacing the water heater

A couple of months ago, when I planned to wash dishes, I encountered a problem.

I turned on the faucet and noticed that the water temperature was extremely hot.

Adjusting the faucet made no difference. The water remained scalding hot. I headed to the basement to check on the water heater and water pump. I was only partially down the stairs when I heard water running. I discovered the basement flooded due to a ruptured water heater. It’s a very good thing that I discovered the problem, because we were definitely at risk of fire. I shut off the water, called my husband at work and explained the situation. Since my husband is quite handy, we were able to avoid the expense of hiring a plumber. I simply needed to wait for my husband to get done with work, drive to the home improvement store and purchase a new water heater. Going an entire day with no running water was very inconvenient and unpleasant. That evening, my husband installed the new water tank. It worked perfectly for about a week. I then began noticing that the water from the various faucets was turning black and developing a really foul smell. I googled these concerns and learned that the anode rod was to blame. An anode rod is a component of the water tank that is designed to pull hard water minerals and scale out of the water. Our water is so extremely overrun with calcium, lime and rust that the anode rod became contaminated. It was actually polluting the water. We had no choice but to remove the anode rod. Unfortunately, that voids the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

 

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