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 Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: palmtrees (OH)

We replaced the rod 7 days ago and the hot water still smells like metal. We are on a well & septic. What else should we do.

We had the same issue a few years ago and the metal smell went away after a few days. Water softener filters also replaced.

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: m & m (MD)

Have you tested the water for iron?

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: pbw (OH)

drain most of the water from the tank. pour in 1/2 gal of bleach, refill tank.
let stand for an hour or so. run water from all hot water valves until
bleach smell is gone. this will have killed the bacteria that was causing the smell.
now all this depends on your water. you may have to remove the anode rod altogether.

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: m & m (MD)

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: palmtrees (OH)

No, we haven't. Could this also be from the water softener salt tank getting too low?

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: palmtrees (OH)

We are on a well and septic.

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 Re: Hot water still smells like metal after anode rod replaced
Author: pbw (OH)

as long as there is some salt in the tank to clean softener tank it should be ok & not affect the smell in the hot water. having a septic has no Bering on smell.

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