Re: Water Heater - Drain?
Posted by Trent Zirkle on March 07, 19100 at 22:31:43:
In response to Re: Water Heater - Drain?
Right you are! I've got a State HW heater. Tried draining the heater (cheapest try) but discoloration remains. Based on your previous response, should I next try to replace the element? If so, any advice on procedure or product?

: In the first place, you do not have to install a valve to "bleed" air from the system. Opening a faucet will do that the first time it is used. I suspect the dirty water may be due to you having a State, Reliance, GE, or other tank with a Duron liner, and an element was replaced with an ordinary steel one, which is rusting and discoloring the water.

: : Had a plumber replace piping (exit from HW heater) due to a leak. He installed some type of valve on a nearby pipe to "bleed" the system of air that accumulated during the repair. He then removed ~10 gallons of really cruddy looking water from the newly installed valve to remove the air from the lines. The water got progressively clearer toward the end. However, our hot water in the house is still a moderate brownish color 4 weeks later. Any suggestions? Do I need to drain the heater? If so, can you give advice or point me to a previous message on how to do this? Very much appreciated. Trent

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