A Rotten Egg Smell May Lead To You Needing A Water Heater
Electric water heaters come equipped with an anode rod, which collects bacteria and other foreign contaminants from the water, to keep your water fresh and safe. However, as this piece begins to wear out, unpleasant aromas may occur, whenever hot water is on. For some, this smell can cause nausea, or vomiting, and needs to be dealt with quickly to avoid prolonged exposure. The shower is typically our friend, as it leaves us smelling fresh, but in these types of cases, it may have an opposite effect.
Using the dishwasher, sinks, and any other hot water fixtures can fill your entire home with the fragrance. It can soak into your fabrics, upholstery, clothing, and more while causing you to have to shell out money for cleaning purposes. The rotten egg smell will not go away on its own, and attempting to mask it will be just like throwing money down the drain. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can repair the anode rod, or replace the heater, while also educating you about any other potential problems.
Take These Items Into Consideration
There are a few thing that must be accounted for when deciding which option, replacement or repair, is the best for you. The water lines will still likely need to be flushed with a suitable solution to remove the smell entirely, regardless of whether a repair or replacement, is chosen. Does the heater make a popping sound as it heats the water inside? This problem can indicate that sediment has built up, and the element is working twice as hard to warm the water. The sediment is usually from a lack of maintenance over the years, and there is no way to get all of it removed from the tank. Utility bills can sky rocket, and in cases like these, replacing the heater is the best option.
Another common problem for plumbers is being able to find the part. Not all plumbing supplies keep anode rods in stock, and the ordering process could turn into a lengthy ordeal. It is notable to mention that an electric heater can usually be repaired unless the tank is leaking, but it can be much more cost effective in the long run to change out an old heater. It all depends on what you, the customer, want, but our team will walk you through the process, from start to finish, to help you make an informed decision about which option is right for your household.
Is your gas or electric water heater giving you problems? If so, give us a call at 410-695-6492 to schedule service.