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Old 2015-10-21, 10:40 PM
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Default Water testing for hot water tank?

My hot water is smelly and tastes odd. Reliance told me I can send water from the tank to test by the city. They don't know where to send to though.

Does anyone know where to send water for testing? I searched and it seems like city only test "well" water.

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Does it have brown tinge? How about the cold water?
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There are private labs that do water testing for a fee.

Over the years I've seen smelly tanks which in all cases was caused by a rod in the tank reacting badly to something in the water.

Switching the rod to a different material solved the problem.

In your case, on city water, I would check with the neighbours to confirm if others have a problem. If no, then ask reliance to swap out the tank or at least the rod.

Also, confirm the tank is running at 140 degrees - I thing that's the minimum to prevent bacteria from growing.

Another option would be to disconnect the intake pipe and pour a cup of bleach in the tank and let it sit a few hours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ett_HNu4k

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I actually switched to the new Aluminum rod already. Still same problem.

There's no problem in the cold water.
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Suggest you flush out the tank bottom.
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Old 2015-10-23, 10:13 PM
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There are private labs that do water testing for a fee.

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Also, confirm the tank is running at 140 degrees - I thing that's the minimum to prevent bacteria from growing.

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140 seems rather hot. Our home inspector told us to turn down our tankless to 120 from 130 (what the previous owners had) simply to not scald our kids.
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The tank feeds into a mixing valve that regulates the temperature at a max 120 at the tap.

Good article here>> https://canadasafetycouncil.org/home...bout-hot-water

For a tankless, where no water is stored, a 120 setting makes sense.

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