Re: White soupy gunk in hot water heater
Posted by hj on November 04, 2001 at 09:52:09:
In response to Re: White soupy gunk in hot water heater
If it looks and feels like jelly, then it is probably coming off the magnesium anode rod. Pull the one on the new heater and if it is also becoming coated with the jelly, replace it with an aluminum one or remove it altogether and take your chances on shortening the heater's life.

: Replaced an almost new (~6 mo old)electric hot water heater (switching to nat gas). Could not get the last water out till I removed the drain cock. Then around a quart of this lumpy, whitish, soupy stuff poured out. It feels soapy. A day later, it is still lying on the ground in a small pile. What is this stuff? What should I do in the future to prevent this from forming in my new nat gas hot water heater?




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