I read all of the threads regarding Anode rods, one of which said the softener did not have an effect on, but I must disagree....
I have a serious problem with my State gas HWH. About a year ago I had a water softener installed, then about 4 months later, I discovered brown water coming out of the hot side, especially in bathrooms, ie..tubs and sinks not used on regular basis. ( I did check them at least every week or so to be sure there was not brown in the lines and all appeared ok for a while)
I had a plumber come out and after extensive charges, he finally called the manuf and they said to check the adode rod, which was totally eaten up in both units. He was told to replace with a zinc type which would not have a chemical reaction to the water softerner.
Well, now four months later, here I am with the same problem again, noticed the brown water coming out of the hot side again.
I don't know at this point whether it's my gas HWH's that are causing the problem or if my softner is causing the problem. Since it takes about 4 months to show up, I hate bypassing the softner, plus now I've got to drain and redrain and redrain the tanks, which also ran up my water bill to $300 last time.
I guess I'm answering my on ?, but I guess I need to start with having the rods pulled to see how bad a shape they're in.
Is there any way the softner can be hooked up backwards or missing a part?
Thanks for taking the time to read this.