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Why does the hot water have a fowl smell.This a new unit.

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When a electric water heater smoking and it gits turned off at the breaker box will there be a chemical smell after


No. A water heater is a sealed system it needs to be addressed for the original problem. High sulfur content has been a complaint as far as smell,and I remove the anode and replace with a brass plug because of. Shallow wells in the area largest complaints.

Nov 27, 2014 | State Water Heaters 40 Gallon Select SL...

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About every two months the the hot water gets a sour smell. To get the smell out I turn both elements all the way up for 3 hours then drain the water heater, its good for about two months. The water heater...


The smell is from bacteria. The high temperature kills the bacteria. Some regions require water heater temp to be set at 135 because of bacteria.

A test to determine if only the water heater is causing problem: Turn off water to water heater. Smell water coming out of cold tap. Turn on water to heater, smell water from hot tap. If only hot tap smells, then water heater is suspect.

Another way to handle the problem long-term, is to reconfigure cold water pipes so you can regularly pour in 2 bottles of hydrogen peroxide during your flushing procedure. Pour in the hydrogen peroxide and let it work for a while. And then flush tank as you have been doing.

You should read up on anode rods also. Many people replace anode rods when tank begins to get odor.
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Oct 23, 2010 | Rheem 80 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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How long does it take to reheat water when gas bottle runs out and then you switch to new bottle ?


water getting hot should be almost instant... it may take a minute to move the cold out of the pipes.
is your heater ignighting?
if not then you might have a small amount of air in the gas line when you changed the bottle.
you will need to bleed the line...

with the gas turned on, loosen the gas connection to the unit and let the air out until you smell gas.
tighten the connection, snug, do not over tighten.
wait about 5 minutes for the gas to dissipate before attempting to light the unit.
during this time, you can use a little soap water on the connection you loosened to make sure it is not leaking.

now go turn on your faucets, let the water run for a minute and make sure you get hot water.

if no hot water, then you might have something else wrong. you will need to let us know the error code and what the unit is doing

Aug 11, 2010 | Bosch & Tankless LP Hot Water Heater

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Hot water smells


Do you have a well? How old is the water heater? If I remember correctly, the water may have corroded your water heater valve thermostat bulb. Call the manufacturer ph# on the tank, give then make, model & serial # and see if the unit is under warranty and if they can give you a solution to your problem or a replacement part. Have a plumber or local repairman install part or repair it.

May 13, 2010 | Water Heaters

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New hot water heater cause smelly hot water.


U can clorinate ur water heater 1 gallon will do it. But you should try changing the anode rod(to aluminum) or removing it first followed by a complete drain, purge and refill.

Mar 29, 2010 | Water Heaters

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A lingering natural gas smell after a hot water heater fires up in the basement the unit is Sears Power 12 50 gallon model bought in spring 2009


make sure you have the proper piping for out side combustion air. this is a code in some areas?? this will help dispate the gas smell after the water fires up and causes the gas smell... also might check the flue make sure it is properly installed and venting properlymm

Mar 24, 2010 | Water Heaters

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Hot water is flowing from the water heater into


boiler type? Combi,standard,if your boiler is a combi the non return valve onto your heating line may be defective thus hot water slippng back through cold line best of luck

Oct 27, 2009 | Water Heaters

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Atwood heater problems


The smell is from the (anode rod not sure of this term is exact) in the water hater. Smells like rotten eggs. You have to remove the rod in the top of the water heater. This will void the warranty of the heater. The soot is due to flame adjustment. this should be done by a professional.

Jun 18, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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Gas smell during startup of GE hot water heater


yes, provided there is no excessive build up. The gas and air mix must be right before the mixture will ignit. a household stove will do this each time it's turned on. That's why yhe igniter sparkk hits about three times before it lights. proper venting will confine any fumes to the cimbustion chamber to be carried out the exhaust. If the odor is strong then have the appliance checked for safety sake.

May 02, 2009 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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The hot water smells like rotten eggs., only the hot water


its the mag rod in water heater-if your not using alot of hot water,and water is sitting in heater it will smell like rotten eggs-u can remove mag rod from water heater.it is in top of heater-

Jan 08, 2009 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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