Hot Water Heater Anode Removal

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Old 05-10-00, 02:23 PM
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Any hints on removing the hot water heater anode? I have tried a socket with a 1/2 inch breaker bar but can't get it loose. Heat, cold, penetrating oil? It sure is hard to hold onto the heater.
 
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WHY DO YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE ANODE ??
 
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WHY DO YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE ANODE ??



He probably has a good reason, just help him your the moderator.

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I'm not a plumber, and I've never removed a water heater anode, but I think that I would let it soak with penetrating oil, get someone to hold "back-up" on the heater, and carefully use a cheater pipe on your bar to see if you can't get enough leverage to break it loose and back it out. Good Luck!
 
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Isn't the tank protected until the anode corrodes away? Thus, by replacing the anode bar you may have the life expectancy of a new water heater.

 
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Isn't the tank protected until the anode corrodes away? Thus, by replacing the anode bar you may have the life expectancy of a new water heater.

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Yes thats what the anorod is for.

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Sure, that's what the anode rod is for, however, if the water heater has gone through it's original anode rod it's probably time to replace the water heater, not just the anode rod. If the water heater is over 10 years old and has used up it's anode rod, it probably will develop a tank leak in the not so distant future.
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Isn't the tank protected until the anode corrodes away? Thus, by replacing the anode bar you may have the life expectancy of a new water heater.




Yes thats what the anorod is for.

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