Question about Rheem 47 GAL ELEC SHORT Water Heater 6YR SC 82SV502

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I have the Rheem 47 gal Short Electric Water Heater 82sv502 that is roughly 5 years old. I have been getting the infamous sulpher smell, I have drained it once and now am getting the same problem. Is there an inlet valve on this water heater to put some bleach in it to take care of this problem once and for all. I loooked for the annode and could not find it either to put it in there. I wanted to check it while I was at it and be able to fix my sulpher problem. Can you tell me what I have to do ot get some bleach in there to disinfect it.

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Use 2 pints of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach.

1) You need to replace anode rod, and 2) flush water heater with hydrogen peroxide:
Following links have information and instructions for anode rod:,,20047047,00.html

To find anode rod, see if manual shows image.
Some rods are hidden under metal cover of tank.
Some have circular plug located on top of tank.
Some heaters have 2 anode rods > this would be on 12-15-lifetime warranty tanks
Some anode rods are connected to hot or cold water nipples.

Post question on professional plumbing forum with brand and model number:
Look at label on side of tank for valuable information needed to post question.

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