Bad smell: breaker box?

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Old 02-22-19, 08:14 AM
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Bad smell: breaker box?

I live in a mobile home and have been smelling a bad smell in my utility room for about 2 1/2 weeks now. The smell does not seem to be getting any better. The smell seems to be stronger by the breaker box/wall area. Its not a burnt or smoky smell. To me, it smells more like a cats litter box or dead animal type smell. Could this be something associated with my breaker box?
 
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Old 02-22-19, 08:22 AM
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Sure, it could perhaps be an electrical problem from something overheating. Or you might be right on as I've pulled dead mice out of breaker boxes in the past. If there's an open ended conduit running down under the floor something might have crawled in. Are you comfortable pulling the cover off the box and taking a peek what's in there?

On the electrical side have you noticed any lights flickering, dimming or brightening? Any electrical weird stuff going on?
 
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The only weird thing that has happened was the water heater tripped once a few days ago, never had that happen before.
 
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I would at least take the front panel off the breaker box an do a visual inspection for melted insulation on wires.
A better option would be a thermal camera to look for hot spots.
 
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Is the water heater also in the same utility area as the electrical panel?
 
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Smells like a critter crawled into your breaker box and walked across the hot water heater breaker and got fried. Definitely remove the box cover and take a peek.
 
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We had a bad smell for a while, to, and i thought it was from a dead animal. Turned out to be melted insulation in an outlet as JoedD suggested. It's easy to take the cover off an outlet and check, and you'll know for sure if you get a worse whiff of the smell.
 
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