Do you have Iron in your water ? is it only your hot water that is effected, or does cold water produce the same ?
kdog - It only seems to be from the hot water feed. The cold water runs clear.
Do you use that certain "tap" only occasionally ?
Do you have iron OR copper water pipes ?
Have you drained some water out of the water heater lower ""tap" every 6 months ?
A 6yr or 8 yr water heater used to last 20 years ...
Now, with the help of computers, the manufactures have found a way to make them last only the 6yrs or 8 years ...
RegUS_PatOff - I hadn't filled the tub for a few months. However, it used to run clear even after not being filled for a few years.
My home is about 6 years old, and I have PEX water pipes running through our walls and ceiling. I don't have much (or any) iron or copper piping.
The last time I drained the WH from the bottom (about 2 years ago), it was completely clear - but also, a pain in the rear to totally turn off the WH again. I haven't redrained it since, because I wasn't sure I'll be able to turn it off a second time.
I just opened up the lower WH drain pipe, and there was a lot of brown water coming out. I drained about 10 gallons so far, and it is still pretty brown. I'm going to let the water heater refill/reheat a bit, and then drain some more.
So, I'm still wondering - Does this mean that I need to get a new water heater soon, or is this just normal gunky build-up?
Edited by AzJazz, 30 December 2012 - 12:55 PM.