water heater water smells


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Old 10-17-12, 01:53 PM
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water heater water smells

In the past I had sulfur water in my water. That has been cleared up but the hot water has a strange smell ,not sulfur. The cold water is OK and the hot water is OK, if I turn the water heater off at the panel and let it go cold.
 
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Old 10-17-12, 02:21 PM
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Sounds like possible the anode rod in the heater. These are know to cause smells with certain water conditions.

How old is the heater? possible replacement is an option along with the correct anode. If the heater is old and you change the anode, havibg never done it before, it may soon leak after.


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Old 10-17-12, 03:31 PM
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They had a good link regarding vacation rental cabins, which I plan to employ as soon as I can get space between weekend renters. While they are active I don't have a problem. It's when it sits for a week that our smell returns. Thanks for the links, Mike.
 
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Old 10-17-12, 04:04 PM
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Larry, your talking about the addition of hydrogen peroxide? I read that its easier to cut in a valve with an ell as a place to pour it in right?

Just asking....
 
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Old 10-17-12, 07:15 PM
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Yeah, what they are suggesting is after the cold water valve, install a tee with a short riser, ball valve and nipple. Keep the vertical valve closed all the time. When it smells, close the cold water valve, drain a little water from a faucet/tub/shower to relieve pressure and make head space. Open the vertical valve and pour in the peroxide, closing the valve and reversing it all. May work.
 
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Let us know..... I always used bleach.
 
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water heater water smells

Would a tankless water heater solve the problem?
 
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Would a tankless water heater solve the problem?
Yes it could, but why would you want that? There are places for them but IMO the cost and other factors out way the benefits......

 
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The heater is 17 yrs old ,thats why. More efficient also
 
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The heater is 17 yrs old
I would not touch it. Just asking for trouble IMO.

My advice would be to replace that heater.
 
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I agree with Lawrosa, don't do anything to your existing water heater but replace it. Unless you fit into a fairly small group of people a tankless water heater will NOT save you any money and it might be a real pain in the rear. We have discussed tankless water heaters several times on this forum and many of us have come to the same conclusion in regard to tankless. You might try a search of the forum.
 
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Here is a trick I learned from living on well water with sulphur in it.

get your self about half a cup of bleach
open the drain valve on the bottom of the tank.
go to the highest faucet in the house
Turn on the hot water tap
put the bowl of bleach under the tap so it can suck up the bleach

This will shock your hot water tank and will remove any scale in the tank it will come out of the faucets.

Once you have done this turn of the drain on the hot water tank and run all your taps for about 5 min. you will see all kinds of back crud coming out.

Hot water my smell like bleach for the first few times you use it but the smell will be gone

You may have to do this a couple of times to get all the scale out.

This is safe and it works and is cheaper than buying a new hot water tank
 
 

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