Rust color in hot water

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by pdg35, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. pdg35

    pdg35 New Member

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    I noticed today that the hot water from my faucets (kitchen, both baths) has a rusty color to it once I let it run hot for about 3-5 seconds. When I turn the faucets to cold, the water runs clear. Is this a hot water heater problem or something else? My heater is gas, is about 11 years old now, and I was already looking to replace it. I hadn't seen any signs of failure until today...unless this is caused by something else. Any ideas?
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Most of the time, that rust on the hot side is from the water heater.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Your water heater is rusting on the inside. You can either change it now, or when it starts to leak.
  4. pdg35

    pdg35 New Member

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    Thanks for confirming what I thought. Looks like I'll be changing out a water heater this week!

    Merry Christmas.
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