Have you ever entered your house only to be overcome by a burning smell? When you don’t know where the odor is coming from, it can be a scary experience. A burning scent near the water heater is a warning sign that something is wrong. To help you out, here are five reasons why your water heater could be producing a burning smell and a troubleshooting guide to help you identify and address the issue.

From gas leaks to a corroded anode rod, this guide will help you determine the cause of the burning smell and how to fix it. So, if you’ve noticed a burning smell coming from your water heater, read on to learn more.