Hot Water Odors
When odors are found in your hot water only, the most common cause is that the water heater is fitted with a magnesium (anode) rod, which is used to protect the tank from corrosion. But the magnesium also is a food source for non-pathogenic, sulfate-reducing bacteria. Those bacteria can create a very strong sulfur odor. Ironically, the odor was less common years ago when water heaters were set to 140 degrees instead of today’s 120.
How to Get Rid of the Odor
Unfortunately, removing the magnesium rod negates the manufacturer’s warranty. Changing the rod to aluminum doesn’t seem to help. Once the water smells, raising the temperature to 140 degrees doesn’t help. And chlorinating the well is a short-lived fix.
So, there are two ways to solve the problem:
As always, please call us if you have any questions.