This weekend we has an aerator installed to help get rid of the
sulpher smell in our water. It's just a small brass thing that lets
some air in the lines to oxidize the sulphur. It works great - no
It worked great for about 2 days. However, there is now air in our
lines which makes all the faucets and the toilet very noisy and
"sputtering." Also, since the water is not flowing at a consistent
rate through our on-demand water heater, we do not get consistent hot
water - it seems to turn on and off as the water and air runs through.
I see that there's a nut on the side of the aerator, I assume to
adjust the amount of air in the lines? I'm waiting to hear back from
the plumbers who installed it, but was hoping maybe someone would know
if this is all I need to do? I was thinking of shutting it off all
the way, then running the water until there's no more noise, then
slowly opening it back up. How long should I wait between
adjustments? A few minutes? Hours? Days?
It is a rectangular brass fixture that is installed on the water line
coming into the house. It is installed right before the blue well
tank in the basement.
I've tried to find a picture of it online and can't find anything
Not sure what it's interfering with. It's intentionally putting a
small amount of water in the line, but it's causing a lot of
"chattering" in the pipes.
The water comes from the well, through the new aerator dohickey, to
the blue well tank, through a Kinetico water softener, and then for
hot, the water goes through a Rinai on-demand system.
I've put too much money into this system for it to not work right. :P
When you have something that puts air into your water distribution system
you usually need something else to take the excess air out.
We have a deep well and an "air over water" pressure tank.
The systems puts a "bolus" of air into the tank each time the pump starts.
There is a float valve at the side of the tank that vents excess air.
Perhaps you need an "air over water" tank with an air level control. The
tank will provide time for the sulfur to react with the air and let the
excess air bubble up to the surface. The air level control will vent the
air once the air volume exceeds 50% of the tank capacity.
Note that "modern" systems use a bladder type tank. It's getting harder
and harder to get the type of float controlled air volume control and even
the galvanized tanks.
But that's what you need.
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