Anode Rod Question


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Old 01-14-16, 08:46 AM
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Anode Rod Question

Is this anode rod that's in my original tank..not yet 4 yrs old.. flexible to bend if there's not enough room to pull it out. Also is safe to say to replace it about every 5 years.

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Old 01-14-16, 09:26 AM
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The factory rod is usually not flexible, but if you pull it out and it needs replacement, you won't have any trouble bending the remains to get it out. If you start to pull it out and it's in good shape...just put it back in and check again in a couple years. You can get new ones that are in sections so low headroom is no problem.

Usually getting the rod unscrewed is the hard part.
 
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Old 01-14-16, 09:36 AM
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I thought that it might have to be bent to get it out. I only have about 20 inches of Clearance.

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Old 01-14-16, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by GRed53
". . . Also is safe to say to replace it about every 5 years . . ."
That probably varies with the pH of your incoming water supply . . . . the more acidic, the more frequently the sacrificial anode will have been dissolved.

Here's a nice write-up/explanation:

Hot water heater anodes and rust protection
 
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Old 01-14-16, 10:30 AM
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Lifting it 20" will be enough to judge it's condition. At that point, if it needs replaced you can bend it if need be to get it all the way out.
 
 

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