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Recently installed a new oil burner and now water seems cloudy and smells musty

helptime Member Posts: 1
edited October 2020 in Oil Heating
We are trying to figure out if the installation of a new oil burner about 7 months ago is causing our water to smell musty and have a cloudy, aerated appearance during the first few minutes-particularly the hot water. We just started noticing this about a month ago. We just wanted to get an opinion before we call the plumber back. Thx.


  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,441
    Is this a boiler? Oil-fired water heater?
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 2,362
    Hello, It would be good to know more about your system/s. How is your hot water made? The cloudy water problem often comes from an overactive anode in a tank type water heater. Musty smells can come from drain line plumbing, often shower drains, when the water is first turned on. Do you get the smell at all taps or only some?

    Yours, Larry