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Old 01-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hi, just switched out to new electrical hwt - 60 gal. Hot water at taps smells like sulphur/rotten eggs, but cold water has no smell. Suggestions appreciated

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Hi, just switched out to new electrical hwt - 60 gal.
Hot water at taps smells like sulphur/rotten eggs, but cold water has no smell. Suggestions appreciated
Is it a brand spanking, you saw it come right out of the box, new water heater?

Have you ever had anything there like this before? Are you on a well?
http://www.mrwa.com/watersmellrotteneggs.htm

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Old 01-17-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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could be the anode rod - if the w.heater has one. remove it or replace with a magnesium rod. the manufacturer can send you this.
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Depending on trace chemicals in your water, the magnesium anode rod tends to lead to more odors. An aluminum rod, offered as a fix for this problem, does not prolong the life of the tank as well as a magnesium rod.
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Aluminum rod. Thanks. It was along time ago when I had this same smell problem on a new water heater. I removed the anode rod and didnt replace it. Smell was gone quick. It does shorten the life of the tank but with my well water, water heaters seem to last 5-10 years max no matter what.
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If that water is taking out heaters that fast then it's also working on all your plumbing and fixtures the same way.
Time to get your water tested and most likly treated.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #7
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Its been tested a few times periodically. Its well water. Very high ppm. Like 700+ Highly alkaline - lots of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates. And rust too. Well water in this area is commonly like this in south michigan. Softeners help but it still isnt very close to treated city water. Then again, some city water I seen is pretty nasty as well - but in a different kind of way. I also assumed that part of the problem is the cheaper quality of the average home depot water heater these days.

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