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Question DetailsAsked on 3/25/2020

Will a Zinc or Powered Anode keep a W/H that is turned off for serveral weeks from smelling like rotten eggs?

I am on the road for work a LOT. I turn off the breaker to my 50 gallon electric hot water heater when I leave (save electricity). When I return, the water smells like rotten eggs. Not the cold water, just the water from the hot water heater tank. I am always opening the hot water faucets around the house and letting the water run for about 2 hours until the smell goes away, then I turn the breaker on and all is fine. I do have a water softener and I have well water. There is so much on the internet, the question is.....what to believe. Is the Anode really causeing the problem. If I change it to a Zinc anode (really only 10% zinc) will that fix the issue or will a powered anode fix it. One website says if a Zinc anode doesn't fix the issue than a powered one won't either. Another says a powered one won't work, have to use peroxide, but it sounds like even with peroxide they are flusing the system same as me just running water without peroxide. What solution should I use?

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