01:55PM | 09/29/04
Member Since: 09/28/04
2 lifetime posts

I was hoping someone might have a moment to answer a gas hot water heater

question. I would really appreciate it!

Here goes:

About a month ago we replaced our hot water heater with a new

GE model from **********. Ever since then there has been an

exhaust smell coming from the unit. Its not a natural gas smell or

a sulpher smell. The flame appears to be burning "clean".

At first the plumber said that it was from the oil

lining the new tank and it will go away in a few days - it hasn't. Its

not a very strong smell but definately there when you first walk into

the house. We have a Carbon monoxide detactor and it hasn't gone off.

Any ideas what this might be? We have a baby in the house and are

worried about what we might be breathing in.



Austin, TX


03:29PM | 09/29/04
I would call your utility company and have them check with an electronic sensor. It's a free service and most of us plumbers don't have detectors anymore because they're almost $2,000.00 and we don't run much gas after the house is built.

These new flammable vapor ignition resistant heaters are more sensitive on their venting than the older style heaters. If you have a dryer or furnace with power vent then they can overcome the gravity venting of your heater.

The main place to check is at the draft diverter on top of your heater. It should only suck in air and you should be able to put your hand next to it, not touch it though. If you feel hot air come back then it's not venting properly.


12:08PM | 09/30/04
Member Since: 09/28/04
2 lifetime posts
I had the gas company out today and they found a leak that 2 plumbers missed. yikes, this was a close call.


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