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

The hot water smells like rotten eggs, the cold water has no smell.

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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-

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