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Farmer Dan    Posted 04-05-2019 at 05:56:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Why does water stink?
  • My girlfriend hasn't used her water for over a week and when she did the hot water smells like rotten eggs. Electric water heater that is less than a year old. Any idea what would cause the water to smell bad?

    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-05-2019 at 17:26:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • You gotta love 'em
  • Her water heater is electric and tankless and she is on city water. She took a shower this morning and said everything was fine again. Just shake your head and get a beer out of the fridge.

    steveva    Posted 04-05-2019 at 17:18:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Why does water stink?
  • Need to change the anode rod.
    Most water heater manufacturers will give you the other one that you need if you just got a new one.
    The other issue would be sulfur gas in the water, but that would not just show up as a new issue. It would show up as soon as the well is drilled.
    The way to get rid of sulfur gas is to inject air into the inlet pipe with a venturi and then bleed it back out in the bladder tank. the bad smell goes with the air.

    Island Mike    Posted 04-05-2019 at 10:56:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If the water is from a well, it is sulphur. If your hair goes red it is iron. Other wise it is likely the anode as the others have said. Sometimes switching anodes from one type of metal to another is suggested.

    Island Mike

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-05-2019 at 09:37:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Why does water stink?
  • Well water? Rotten eggs is usually from sulphur.


    Dean    Posted 04-05-2019 at 07:15:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Anode rod.


    wer-fl    Posted 04-05-2019 at 06:35:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Why does water stink?
  • If it is an older water heater, the reason it smells is that the the anode rod has been used up, consumed. Just replace the anode and it should be good to go.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-05-2019 at 07:32:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I thought electric heaters did not have an anode rod?

    Dean    Posted 04-05-2019 at 15:15:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • They do.


    jimmyjack    Posted 04-05-2019 at 09:49:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Might have some organics in the water, no big problem, Purge it out a bit, this time of year sometimes needs it

    wer-fl    Posted 04-05-2019 at 08:15:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Why does water stink?
  • Should be located under the plastic plug/cover on top the heater. When you pull the plastic plug you will need to clear the excess foam insulation. My hot water heater smelled bad, the cold water inlet pipe acted as the next sacrificial anode and started to leak when it dissolved.

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