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Water from new water heater smells like sulfur & has air pockets

Everytime we turn on the hot water faucet we encounter air pockets. We installed it as instructed by manual. What can be the problem?

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    Farley Redfield May 11, 2010

    Is this a taNKLESS WATER HEATER?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Smells like rotten eggs? The water has a high meneral content that when heated turns  into a gas?

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Sounds like there might be a super-hot spot in the water heater and the water is boiling. Can you hear some percolating noises from within the water heater from time to time?

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You either have water with a high sulfur content or need to flush your heater. you should flush your heater every year anyway. you can turn off the water and electric to the heater. and totally drain the tank when it is totally drained add more water and drain some more. then refill the tank and run a hot water faucet the tub is best to eliminate any air in the system then turn the electric back on this should solve the problem if it does not you probably have sulfur in the water and would need water treatment or filters to help

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Turn power and water off, drain heater down and once water is drained out change them out. Once new ones installed turn water on to fill heater and open faucets and get air out on the hot side of each faucet once water is flowing out of each faucet you are now ready to turn power back on.

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Installed a tankless gas hot water heater a few months ago, and ever since then when ever I turn on the hotwater, I get pockets of air coming out of the faucet. There are no leaks in the water lines, but...


1) Never, ever install tankless water heater, unless your wallet is 2" thick and you enjoy nuisance problems and recommended continual maintenance.
2) Add in-line air vent.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Air-vent-added-to-return-22.jpg
3) Look for check valve along the line. Look for mixing valve, pressure regulating valve, etc.
4) If you have recirculation system, remove cross-over check valve and see if problem is located there.
5) Contact Rheem. 800-432-8373 They will want model number, serial number, and name of installer. And might recommend contacting installer or plumber.
6) Increase water flow. Check water flow requirement of tankless (.5 gallons per minute activation) with actual flow at faucet.
7) Clean water filter at tankless unit.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Tankless-maintenance.pdf
8) Crossover at single-handled faucet.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
9) Fix all leaking faucets indoor and outdoor so no air is being sucked in.
10) Bad TP valve on water heater sucking in air each time water pressure pulls on the valve?

Additional resources: No information about air-in-line
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Very simple - call a Plumber. He will fix your plumbing problem, and any foreseen potential problems related to your water leak. He may also suggest replacing your 6 year old water heater. Of course ..... for a professional cost.
However, depending on your time, skills, proper tools, patience and luck, it's easy enough to perform yourself:
1. Switch off the water heater Breakers (220v) in your service panel.
2. Turn off the water supply to the water heater.
3. Attach a water hose to the drain faucet. ( a good time to flush sediment -calcium deposits)
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5. Remove the suspected leak components. (a union connection is a good place to start)
6. Install New pipes -3 wrap all male threaded ends with teflon Tap. Tighten securely - using 2 wrenches.
NOTE: Before refilling - you can turn on the water heater supply valve for a few minutes, to flush out any lingering calcium debris.
7. Shut off drain valve - remove hose. Shut off venting hot water faucet.
8. Turn on water supply valve to fill water heater.
9. Open a hot water faucet to relieve air pressure while filling - preferably the bath tub faucet, it doesn't have a screen that might clog.
10. When water flows without air - shut off tub faucet.
11. Look for leaks.
12. Switch the water heater Breakers on.
Note: 50 gallons should take an hour or more to heat up. Turn on a hot water valve momentarily within this heat up time to relieve thermal expansion. ( the PT valve on your water heater will perform this task if pressures/temperature exceed new water heater tolerances - it's just a precaution to introduce these fluctuating pressures on your fragile 6 year old unit)

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