Return to the Appliances Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Hot Water Rotten Egg Smell

Posted by Violet.West (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 11:26

Hi, Appliance Forum. I've got to get a plumber hot to service my hot water heater, and try to get rid of the sulfur smell in my hot water. (I'm not a very DIY person, so plumber it is.)

My research leads me to believe it's either bacteria, or a reaction between my city's hard well water and the composition of the anode rod.

Is replacing an anode rod expensive?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Hot Water Rotten Egg Smell

I'm not sure how bacteria would be any more or less present because of a spent anode rod. They sacrifice themselves to keep your water from eating the tank.

They cost around $10-$50 depending on make and model. Plumber will probably charge you an hour's labor. + / - $100

It's an EASY job if you have a wrench.


 o
RE: Hot Water Rotten Egg Smell

No no suphur smell is not from hot water tank its in your water.weve had same problem 20+ yrs.My hubby talked to someone they said you need to pump air in water we did.It worked awhile.We have very very hard water iron stone...He decided to drill another well.Weve been wanting a windmill we did it ,worked about 20 yrs but like 3xs a month I smell it its trying to come back.We had specialist come in tell us what we can do.My water is way hard.He couldn't believe it.


 o
RE: Hot Water Rotten Egg Smell

You'll probably want to use a water conditioner to remove the hardness of the water. There seems to be a lot of sulfur content in your water (which causes the rotten eggs smell).


 o
RE: Hot Water Rotten Egg Smell

If it is just the hot smelling, check to see what temp your water heater is set on. If it is 120 or so run up the temp to 140 and see if that doesnt help it. Had a friend with this problem and it solved his problem. Worth a try before calling in the plumber. Bacteria in tank needs killing out.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Appliances Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here