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When I run hot water for the tub, it has a brown tint

How long is the life span for this type of water heater? After reading through some posts the writer suggests corroded steel pipe somewhere in the plumbing system. He said trace the water lines back from the faucet and replace all the steel pipe. So, even if I replace the water heater, it sounds like I'll still have a problem. My house is only 10 years old - should I be having this problem? Is it a builder issue or a natural progression of pipe, or would my warranty (if I have one) cover this type of problem? Your thoughts?

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10 year old homes today usually do not have galvanized pipe. They have copper or pex plastic pipe. These do not rust.
Is rusty water on both hot and cold line, or just hot line?
Just hot line, then check anode rod and flush tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#flush
Are you on water well? Well casing can get rusted. Water can have minerals. Call local water well service and describe problem in detail.
Are you on city water or mudd district water? Is pipe coming into house made of galvanized? Look inside meter box or look at pipe coming into house. Sometimes the city water line at end of run can get filled with sediments that will discolor water. Have water company flush the city water line.

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SOURCE: when hot water is turned on the pipes make this vibrating sound.

A rumbling more than a vibration? If one in the same, the heating elements may have calcium build up which causes perculation like the perculator coffee pot which causes the heater to vibrate or rumble. If the elements can be removed they can be cleaned by soaking in lime away or a descaling solution. All said and done it will work like new.

Posted on May 06, 2009

SOURCE: Rusty colored water from hot water- is a gas

Hello,The "rust" is from the water itself.If the supply has a high iron content the process of heating it up seperates the iron out and over time it will form deposits on the bottom of the hot water tank.Locate the tank drain and connect a hose and open it up and let it run "flush" out the tank.Do this every month to keep it from building back up.It should be mentioned that the drain valve can be plastic and or very hard to close once it has been opened.They sell a brass drain end cap or the drain can be replaced with a new (long stem)drain.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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SOURCE: Takes a long time for water to get hot in all

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Posted on Feb 23, 2011

SOURCE: I have the exact same problem, house is only 6

You have a clog in the water line?
Or a faulty check valve or mixing valve?

Add a comment and say how you fixed the problem, or add more information about size of pipes.
It seems like the cold water is getting into the hot water line somehow. There is no other explanation, as much as I can see from 800+ miles away.
If you have crossover on a single-handled faucet where the cartridge is bad, that can cause this problem.
Slab house can have plumbing in attic. It can be a chore to drop poly pipe down into walls, but it can be done with angle drill. Assuming walls are 8 foot high and pipes can be easily dropped to sink level where the sheetrock is removed and new pipes tied into sinks and tubs.
This kind of DIY project would take a couple weeks working a few hours each night when temps cool off, depending on size of house and number of affected faucets.
I live in Houston on a slab and ran my pipes in the attic when I built the house. Of course I worry about broken pipes collapsing the ceiling and filling the house with water, which happened to lots of homes one year when temps dropped to 4 below. I was in the painting business at that time, which was a boon to business for a few weeks.

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Posted on May 15, 2011

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SOURCE: Tricky and weird hot water issue

Bad single-handle faucet cartridge.
Bad check valve.
Bad mixing valve.
Test for crossover.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

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