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Flush your water heater out through the drain valve

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I live in the rural area and am on well water I'm getting a strong sulfer smell when showering and dishes.


The smell is actually not sulfur but Hydrogen Sulfide or H2SO4. It comes from a harmless bacteria that when collect in large quantities produce that sulfur smell. It is common to smell more of it in the hot water than cold due to the fact that the bacteria are more prone to grow on metallic surfaces than others and your hot water tank contains a sacrificial anode or rod that grows these bacteria really well. You have several choices to help with the problem. You can put any number of systems on your well equipment such as an aerator, a chlorine injection system, a charcoal filter and so on, you can also reduce the problem by having a plumber remove the sacrificial rod from your water heater, but do so knowing why it is in there in the first place. This problem has been around in southern states for a long time and varies by season in severity and there are many ways that people deal with it. You simply have to choose the method that you prefer based on cost, tolerance and effectiveness. I can tell you that I have a chlorine injection system and a charcoal tank to remove chlorine residue and have dealt with this for over 30 years. Good Luck to you and thanks for asking on Fixya!

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How do I get rid of the sulfer smell in my hot water?


As soon as you pull out the anode rod(and not put it back) the walls of the tank will begin to rust. The sacrificial anode is there for a reason. If it's eaten away, replace it. If it's totally gone, the tank has been being attacked for a while and might be due for replacement.

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We have a one year old home with PEX pipe and one year old hot water heater fed by a water softener. In one of the bathroom sinks, and only there it seems, there is a sulfur smell when we first open the...


i would check the softener before the water heater, when was the last time you did a back flush of the system? water sitting at the bottom of a water softener tank can get moldy and begin to rot, which causes H2S gas which smells like sulfur , its a breakdown of decay,, this will also happen if your home is using well water,, so check that first , empty the tank and clean it our ,, then back flush the system

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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

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How do you check the condition of the annode tube in a hot water heater?


You'll have to disconnect the water lines from the top to pull the rod up out from within the tank. If you don't have enough clearance above the tank, you'll have to drain the tank, remove the venting and tilt it or lay it down to remove it. The sacrificial rods usually go bad prematurely on well water systems with hard water and causes a sulfur stench in your water. Here's a quick test to try before you do this: Go to the nearest faucet to the water heater and fill a glass full of cold water and another glass full of hot water and smell them. If the hot water is the only glass that smells like rotten eggs, it's most likely coming from your water heater due to your anode rod. Douglas

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2 month old Lochinvar Electric 30 gal heater hot water has rotten egg smell. Do not have water softener system. Well water with a lot of iron.


is it a new well.......it may go away after a while...its sulfer....sometimes when you drill well too deep you get sulpher water......

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Cant locate anode rod on rheem gaas water heater


It looks like a plug screwed into the top of the water heater (it IS plugging the hole so turn off water and release pressure b4 removing)

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Sulphur smell


you can remove it but this will not fix your problem, you must cut the cold side pour in about half gallon of bleach ,drain heater of a gallon and a half first, then pour in bleach wait one hour then use as normal. you will have a bleach smell for some time but this will make the egg smell disapate.try this it worked for me.

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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-

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