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rotten egg smell in WH (by Pat [VA]) Apr 20, 2012 11:43 AM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Ken [NY]) Apr 20, 2012 12:16 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Bruce [MO]) Apr 20, 2012 12:17 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Bill [TX]) Apr 20, 2012 12:29 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by BillS [CO]) Apr 20, 2012 12:52 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Reid [KS]) Apr 20, 2012 1:09 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by jb [OH]) Apr 20, 2012 2:06 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Pat [VA]) Apr 20, 2012 3:43 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Virden [OH]) Apr 20, 2012 5:42 PM
       rotten egg smell in WH (by Dave [PA]) Apr 20, 2012 7:37 PM


rotten egg smell in WH (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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House in our family has a water heater that has been turned off for six months. When we turned it back on it has a horrible rotten egg smell. It is town water. I seem to remember hearing on here but can't find it in a search. What has happened? --71.51.x.x




rotten egg smell in WH (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 12:16 PM
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Rotten egg smell is usually an indication of a natural gas leak,I would check into that.If it is the water I would let it run for awhile. --67.252.xx.xxx




rotten egg smell in WH (by Bruce [MO]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 12:17 PM
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Turn water off and drain some water out of the heater. Disconnect Hot water line and pour 1/2 gal. of Hydrogen Peroxide (buy at drug store)into the heater let it sit for a while. Then open the faucets one at a time and flush some water through the line. Wait a day, then open the faucets and flush the lines. The smell should be gone. --99.20.xx.xxx




rotten egg smell in WH (by Bill [TX]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 12:29 PM
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Turn the water on and let it run is the easiest way.

Another option - turn heater off, drain, and refill. Flush pipes by running faucets.

--198.208.xxx.xx




rotten egg smell in WH (by BillS [CO]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 12:52 PM
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Rotten Egg smell can be from the degredation of the disinfection products in your City water. Flush would be my recommended approach like Bill in TX said. --75.160.xxx.xxx




rotten egg smell in WH (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 1:09 PM
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It's sulfur compunds that maybe from bacteria in the water or the water itself. drain the tank then fill it turn on the wh and let it run for awhile and it should clear up. --108.220.xxx.xx




rotten egg smell in WH (by jb [OH]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 2:06 PM
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We have had it happen a few times in different buildings. the water smells like rotten eggs. we had to replace the center rod in the hot water heater. It was corroded to nothing. Replace it and the problem goes away. --24.172.xxx.xx




rotten egg smell in WH (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 3:43 PM
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I forget so many people across the nation use gas.... this is electric.

I googled it today, & saw where they recommend replacing the (?) magnesium anode? I'm trying to do it from memory now, so forgive me if I said it wrong.... one source said turn it up to 160 for a few hours would take care of it. Evidently it is NOT good to leave them off for long periods. My husband put this one in for the family member about five years ago. So it isn't that old...the water definitely has a slime to it! YUCK! --71.51.x.x




rotten egg smell in WH (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 5:42 PM
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Switching from magnesium to aluminum will stop the smell, all tanks have them but they are hard to loosen, I use a shower faucet wrench with a pipe wrench over it, the new one will be longer so hacksaw it about 6 inches fom the bottom and drop the leftover into the tank to acts as a second anode - this decay in place of the steel tank shell. --76.241.xxx.xx




rotten egg smell in WH (by Dave [PA]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 7:37 PM
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It happens in my cabin if the water has not been used for a while.

Just let the hot water run for a little while, the smell will go away in a few minutes. --71.58.xxx.xxx





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