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Why does my water heater smell bad?

Bad-smelling hot water can certainly be a distressing problem, but it’s an issue that we at Water Heater Doctor can help solve. Here’s a rundown of the possible reasons:

Bacteria in the Water Heater: One of the most common culprits of malodorous hot water is bacteria that have taken up residence in your water heater. This can occur if your water heater is set at a low temperature or if it’s been switched off for an extended period, such as during a vacation. These bacteria can produce an unsavory smell that’s often likened to “rotten eggs” or a sulfur-like odor.

Anode Rod Reactions: Your water heater’s anode rod serves a crucial role in preventing corrosion within the tank. Yet, some bacteria types can react with the anode rod (particularly those made of magnesium), resulting in a sulfuric smell.

Water Supply Issues: At times, the problem isn’t originating from your water heater but rather from the water supply itself. In certain regions, high sulfur content naturally occurs in the water, contributing to a sulfuric smell.

Aged or Deteriorating Pipes: Water traveling through old, rusted pipes can adopt a metallic or earthy odor over time.

Sediment Accumulation: Sediment can gradually accumulate at the base of your water heater tank. This sediment can sometimes emanate an off-putting smell, typically rectified by a thorough tank flush.

At Water Heater Doctor, we’re here to address these concerns. If your hot water emits a persistent, unpleasant odor, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our professional team is fully equipped to diagnose and resolve such issues swiftly and effectively.

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