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Old 08-24-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Strong, sulfur-like odor from faucets

Greetings, We've had our AS at a park for the last several weeks. No hookups - just boondocking. I noticed that the water coming out of the faucets (particulalry hot water faucet, though I haven't used our hot water heater) has a strong sulfur-like smell. I read on-line that if the water isn't used for several days that it's necessary to 'run the faucets' for several minutes to get the 'gas' (?) Out of the water lines. And, it further cautions that if you don't do this and fire up your water heater it could be dangerous. The AS is back at home, hooked up to city water and I've run the faucets for several minutes (hot and cold). The smell remains, particulary for the hot water lines. Any suggestions? Should I sanitize the fresh water tank (although empty at this point)?
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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You won't have success sanitizing your fresh water tank; that's not the problem.

You need to flush your hot water heater with vinegar. You probably have a Dometic water heater, and if you have the manual, you'll find instructions there. If not, you can download one from their site.

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You need to flush your hot water heater with vinegar. You probably have a Dometic water heater, and if you have the manual, you'll find instructions there. If not, you can download one from their site.
Or maybe an Atwood. Their manuals are harder to find online, but they ARE out there.
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Flushing will help a little. The root of the problem is most likely a disintegrated anode rod. Easily replaced.
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No anode rods in 2007. Could be from your last water fill. There is a harmless bacteria in some water that gives off this odor. Disinfecting and flushing - including the hot water tank- will fix it.
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