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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

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If your hot water heater shorted out it should have tripped your breaker. If your breaker is rated too high and the wires got too hot then you may smell the plastic insulation on the wires burning off before the breaker tripped. If you turn the breaker back on and it trips again, you may need a new hot water heater installed by a qualified professional.

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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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014

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Easy way to replace it


Replacing a water heater is no very difficult if you follow the steps.
1. If it is electric turn of the breaker and check to be sure it is the right breaker. If it is gas turn off the valve close to the water heater.
2. Turn off both the hot water and cold water valves
3. Drain all water out of the heater.
4. Disconnect the electric wiring if electric and if gas disconnect the gas line.
5. Disconnect both water lines which may have to be cut depending on how they are connected.
6. Now you can remove the water heater and discard.
7. Place new heater where old one was removed and reconnect both water lines and be sure you have a new pressure valve installed on the water heater.
8. At this point you can turn on water and check for leaks. you should also open a hot water faucet to purge the air out.
9. If no leaks go ahead and hook up the electric or gas lines and if gas is used turn it on and check for leaks using a leak detector or a spray bottle of soapy water and look for bubbles. If no leaks you can go ahead and light the heater according to its instructions.
10. If electric is used turn it on.
11. Take a long hot shower.

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AE 125 Just Stopped Working Altogether,,,Still Has Power But No Light Or Hot Water?


Turn circuit breakers fully off and then back on.
Use nose to smell for burning inside main panel.
Make sure you are getting 240Volt and not just 120V from one leg of the breaker.
Do stress test on breaker panel.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-household-electricity.html#stress

Least expensive solution: Replace tankless computer for $285 buying tank-type electric water heater from local box store.

If tankless computer is new, then call installer.
If you installed it yourself, call professional installer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-Tankless-electric-water-heater.html

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GE SmartWater Hot water tank. Water heater will not stop heating.


Hello Anita:

1) For gas water heater: Turn off gas to heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Gas-water-heater-89-valve-2.jpg

2) For electric water heater: Turn off circuit breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#veryhot

3) For gas: Copy following link to identify gas control valve thermostat, and troubleshoot by type of gas control.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent

4) For gas: Gas control valve thermostat has probably gone bad.

5) Add comment and give clear description of water heater.

6) Call plumber.

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GE Smart Water Hot water heater 40 gal will not stop heating water.


1) For gas: Turn off gas to heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Gas-water-heater-89-valve-2.jpg

2) For electric: Turn off circuit breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#veryhot

3) For gas: Copy following link to identify gas control valve thermostat, and troubleshoot by type of gas control.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent

4) For gas: Gas control valve thermostat has probably gone bad.

5) Add comment and give clear description of water heater.

6) Call plumber.

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1) if you smell gas, this is absolutely dangerous.
Call installer immediately.
If you installed yourself, get a professional technician immediately.

2) Copy following link for For error code 11: problem with gas.
Do not use flex line, bleed air from gas line, check gas pressure, incomplete combustion, etc.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

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Gas exhaust smell when Hot water heater ignites


Absolute danger here:

1) Call gas company IMMEDIATELY to check for gas leak that can cause explosion and fire.

2) Call plumber immediately to fix improper combustion or improper vent before toxic combustion by-product kills family.
Gas appliances must vent toxic by-product outside and away from home where the gasses will kill the planet instead of you.

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A strong smell of gas when first comeson


Absolute danger>>>>!!!!!!!
You absolutely must call gas company immediately.
They will turn off gas to water heater immediately.
Leaking gas appliance is extremely dangerous.

If you have propane, the gas is heavier than air and will settle to floor. So you can be standing in an invisible puddle of explosive gas and never smell it.
If you have natural gas, the gas rises to ceiling. The entire ceiling cavity can be filled with explosive gas, but you only smelled it briefly before it drifted upwards.

Do not delay getting this problem repaired by professionals, or fixya might lose a customer.

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I have a Rheem 41V50 gas hot water heater that came with our house. It is producing a terrible chemical smell that permeats the entire house, and is covered with black sooty residue. My husband cleaned...


Check your venting ..chiminy could be plugged.. w/ W/H running,,, burner on.. hold a match or lighter around vent cap at top of heater where flue pipe connects flame should bend toward cap.. check you tube there may be a vid on how to do this...

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Having problems with models sutting down. Relates to combustion shut off system. Explain how system works, with corrective action, especially draft system. Pilot ignites, burner operates for second or two...


As a general rule with Rheem gas water heaters, the manufacturer suggests calling trained service technician and their products do not have specific service bulletins.
I cannot explain combustion shut-off adequately. Post question on water heater forum.
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/

Most likely the combustion and combustion parts need cleaning and maintenance, as a start point.
Gas water heaters today require yearly cleaning and maintenance.
That work would cover possible causes and combination of causes: from air in gas line, faulty venting, inadequate air supply, dirty parts, overheating, leaks, exposure to chemicals, corrosion, faulty gas control valve thermostat, sediment build-up.
You have a standing pilot light that is working, so gas supply sounds correct, and ECO is not tripped, so cleaning is major suspect right off.

Light a match under the vent hood and check if smoke drafts immediately upward.
Your water heater vent has a natural upward draft that pulls combustion by-product upward so the poison gas is vented outdoors to kill the world slowly instead of remaining inside the house. If vent is clogged, the air flow might not support combustion. Likewise if water heater does not have adequate incoming air supply, for example a tightly sealed house, then combustion is not supported. Also if you store bleach and pool chemicals and other assorted chemicals in trace amounts in same room or nearby, the burning chemicals will corrode combustion parts so they no longer perform.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Test-water-heater-vent-400.jpg

See general illustrations for cleaning combustion parts, and read 2 pdf files about cleaning typical gas water heaters.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

Read Reliance gas water heater handbook. It may or may not apply to your circumstance and heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Reliance-2006-Service-Handbook.pdf

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