Discolored water might seem like a bad sign, particularly when accompanied by a foul odor. Often, this is from minerals in the water heater accumulating. Likewise, it may be degraded anode rod. Even so, the fix isn’t difficult. If you’re up for a small challenge, you can fix it.

Here are the steps:

  • Turn off power to the water heater
  • Drain water heater
  • Attach a garden hose to a valve at the bottom
  • Turn the valve to release water and drain
  • Look for hexagonal head of the anode rod
  • Use an air compressor, 1-1/16-inch socket, and ½-inch drive impact wrench and loosen the rod
  • Remove the rest of the rod by hand
  • Replace the anode rod

It may take a little work, but it’s worth it to fix your water quality.