Replacing the anode of a hot water heater.

Old 12-28-12, 03:17 PM
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Replacing the anode of a hot water heater.

I have a 20 year old hot water heater. I just read that you are supposed to replace the anode.

Is is true that I need to replace the anode? Why isn't this made clear to owners?

After 20 years will the old one be rusted in place and impossible to remove?

How long are they? I am wondering if I have the space between the heater and the ceiling to get it in.
Old 12-28-12, 03:23 PM
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Probably do not want to touch that heater. Its on borrowed time. If your not worrien about it leaking leave it. If leaking will cause damage I would replace it asap.

Every two years or so you should check the anode and replace if needed. They make flexible anodes for limited space applications.

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