Debris in showerheads/aerators

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      MasterPlumbers
      Keymaster

      We have been having trouble with our water heater for several weeks. Someone told us our Rheem water heater was part of a class action suit. There was a faulty dip rod which disintegrated in the tank. That was replaced and the tank was drained. However, we are still finding debris from the hot water in our sink aerators, and the showerheads are still clogging up. We called a plumber and he said it just takes awhile to clear itself out. Is this true? Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a solution besides replacing the whole water heater? PLEASE HELP!!
      Thanks
      Tonya

    • #295563
      DUNBAR
      Participant

      Best suggestion is to take all the aerators and showerheads off and run all faucets, including boiler drain and outside hose bibbs to clear the lines.

      They will eventually clear out; it will just be a matter of time before it quits.

      Replacing the water heater probably wouldn’t speed up the process.

    • #295564
      turdchaser
      Participant

      With a new dip tube in the tank the inlet water is being directed to the bottom of the tank and stirring up the sediment that has built up down there. I would also try doing a thorough flushing of the tank, this should help.

    • #295565
      Retired plbg1
      Participant

      If it is EL. WH take out bottom element and use a wet dry vac and cleanout about 80% of it.



      Art retired plbg

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