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dmenning
Hydrogen Gas in hot water line

For several months I thought there was air in my water lines.I decided to capture the [what I thought was air] from my bathroom faucet. I put a water baloon on the faucet and turned the hot water on. I then turned a small glass bottle upside down over the balloons opening, alowing the [air/gas] into the bottle. When I put a match to the bottle, a popping whistle noise was heard.I have to beleave my electric water heater is making hydrogen gas. Because it is only coming from the hot side of the faucet. The gas is acumulating over night because it happens evry morning. The water tank was replaced around the same time the problem started. I was getting small burps at the begining & slowly getting worse. The replacment tank is a 80 gal. electric Whirlpool Energy Smart modle #EE3Z80HD055V. Has anyone heard of this problem ??????????????????????????????????

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This is possible the best news i've ever heard...you may have just solved the worlds energy crisis.

canuk
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I suspect the anode rod is the culprit ---- likely the anode rod in the new water heater is magnesium ---- changeing to an aluminum rod should help.

NEC
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I have a similar issue. However, My gas is methane I do believe. I am able to uncork it in the morning but it is not pleasant for anyone in the near vicinity .... Any ideas?

canuk
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Do everyone a favour and leave the cork in.:D:p:D

JLMCDANIEL
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NEC wrote:

I have a similar issue. However, My gas is methane I do believe. I am able to uncork it in the morning but it is not pleasant for anyone in the near vicinity .... Any ideas?

You will need a methane mitigation system but I don't think you'll like the vent pipe installation.
Jack

canuk
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jlmcdaniel wrote:

you will need a methane mitigation system but i don't think you'll like the vent pipe installation.
jack

roflmbo :D:D:D:D

NEC
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Oh sure. Go ahead and make jokes.... This is a serious issue here fellas..........

Too much methane gas is explosive!

I am worried about injuring life, limb and property.

One little spark and KABOOOM!

A. Spruce
Re: Hydrogen Gas in hot water line
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

You will need a methane mitigation system but I don't think you'll like the vent pipe installation.
Jack

dmenning
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canuk wrote:

I suspect the anode rod is the culprit ---- likely the anode rod in the new water heater is magnesium ---- changeing to an aluminum rod should help.

The anode rod is aluminum. I think it's hydrogen, because it's only in the hot water.

canuk
Re: Hydrogen Gas in hot water line
dmenning wrote:

The anode rod is aluminum. I think it's hydrogen, because it's only in the hot water.

Interesting --------- typically there is a chemical reaction with magnesium anode rods when there are high sulphates in the water causing hydrogen-sulfate gases ---- generally you would have a rotten egg type of smell.

Since this suddenly appeared with the new water heater try removing the anode rod and see it the problem disappears------- if it does then contact the manufacturer as to their recommended way of correcting this.

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