I've got a smell coming from my Richmond Power Vent hot water heater. I narrowed it down to the HW heater after smelling everything else in my basement. The smell is not like furnace exhaust, it's more musty & slight chemical smell, like wet potting soil, and I smell it only when the blower is running, but not every time. I smell it near the top vent pipe. The house smells when I come home from work. I did forget to oil the motor for a couple of years (I know, bad of me). I did oil the motor and it smells a little bit less but there is still the smell. The HW heater is about 8 years old. Could the motor be going out on me? Should I replace the motor or get a new HW heater. Is there anything else I should be looking for that could go wrong?
Steve in Wisconsin
I just dealt with a bradford white today
doing about the same thing with noise added.....
The blower motor is probably starting to burn out
With the 1998 brad ford white unit it was gonna
cost about 425 plus shippiing $50 to get a repalcement
motor sent out....for a 8 year old heater...
and thats not including labor.....
might take about 10 days if they have one in stock..
I told the guy to do the math....weigh his options and
then pitch the heater for a new one...
it is not worth the trouble.
he is gonna let it ride till it finally goes out....who knows how long that is.
Last edited by master plumber mark; 11-28-2006 at 04:21 PM.