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Water hardness I recently had to install a new electric hot water heater. There were no problems with the old heater other than a leak. Water hardness measurements indicate the hardness from the well is 40 grains of hardness. After the softner hardness measured 0 grains indicating soft water. Measurements of water from new water heater showed a hardness of 9 grains with some oder. Contacting the distributer and manufacturer about this problem proved fruitless. The only thing I can think of to cause this problem might be the anode in the heater. I am told the material is magnesium. Could another anode material cure this problem?

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Magnesium Anode rodes will make water smell like rotten eggs. If you can for your heater get a aluminum anode rode and replace the one you have.

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