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Old 04-30-2016, 07:24 AM   #1
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Electrical fire smell?!?!

Wife was showering and I started smelling the distinct smell of overheating electronics. I pinpointed the smell to coming from the water heater. I immediately flipped the breaker in the box and on the outside of the heater and switched to gas. My question is: does anyone know what the problem could be and/or where I should start to diagnose the problem?

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Check the electrical plug for the water heater. I had a similar problem and smelled burning wire and found I had overloaded a socket and melted the plug. The breaker didn't trip. Not being an electrician I wouldn't know where to go from there

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might be loose (or corroded) wire connections. I had this happen last winter with my rig's power center (converter/distribution box). I was running a 1500 watt space heater for hours at a time, and eventually started smelling a slight burning/smoke smell. Turns out that the neutral buss bar connections were "juiced" and melting (due to arcing with positive wire). What a mess, but VERY GOOD to catch it before a fire starts!
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:54 PM   #4
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Probably should've added, I pulled the wood cover from the water heater compartment and it was slightly smoky. I'll start checking all the connections and see what I find.
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