Water Heater Smells Like Burning

Water Heater Smells Like Burning

You have a million things on your plate: Work all day, picking up the kids from school, household chores, buying groceries and more! The last thing you need is a cold shower because of water heater issues.

So if your water heater starts to smell like it’s burning, pay attention and nip it in the bud. This is important for many reasons: In addition to the inconvenience of not having a working heater, you or your family could start experiencing the following from smelling noxious gases:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Unpleasant smells, such as rotten eggs or burning plastic.

Below are some of the most common reasons why a heater smells like it’s burning.

Why Does My Water Heater Smell Like It’s Burning?

1. Air Pressure Problems

Vapors generated by a water heater are released through exhaust pipes. For this to work efficiently, the air pressure has to be optimized. Otherwise, some of the vapors will remain in the heater, and your home may end up smelling like burning plastic.

2. Gas Leak

Gas actually doesn’t smell like anything. However, manufacturers add artificial smells so that people are able to notice if there’s a gas leak. If you know how to turn off the gas, do so, then safely get everyone out of your home and call the fire department.

3. Replace the Anode Rod

Water corrodes metals. Water heaters are made out of metals. To solve this conundrum, manufacturers install a magnesium rod in all heaters. This rod corrodes before the heater itself. When it does, it releases electrons into the tank, which protects it from corroding. That said, nothing lasts forever, and when it’s time to replace an anode rod, you will get a funky rotten eggs smell in your home. To learn how to change it, turn off your water supply and watch this tutorial video.

4. Wiring issues

If it smells like burning wires, you probably do have burning wires. Shut off the breakers that supply power to your water heater and call an electrician. The only way to resolve this issue is by replacing the loose wires.

5. Dust

If you haven’t used your furnace in a long time, dust will accumulate in air ducts. When you turn on your water heater or your AC, your home will smell like… burning dust. This is a minor issue and will resolve itself as you keep using the heater.

Contact Us Today for Plumbing Services in Tampa Bay

If you need help fixing your water heater, we are here to help you. If you are in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, or Manatee Counties, we’ll be at your home or business in no time, and get your water heater working in optimal condition.

Contact us today.

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