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Old 05-15-2017, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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It's the frugal thing to do!

I did something really smart today(for a change) and I am sharing it with you because you could save yourself a bunch of money and possibly even water damage. Anyone can do this!

One of the local plumbing companies does free hw heater flushes. Of course the idea is they want to sell you something. But I like free so I had them come out and do it. My hw heater is only a couple years old but the anode rod was completely gone. With no anode rod left my hw heater is living on borrowed time.

And they wanted $300 to replace it!!! And it's a 10 minute job, even for me who doesn't fumble around with tools for a living. I held out and said no. After they left, armed with the model and serial number I found the part. Less than $50 from the manufacturer and I bet I will find it from someone else for even less.

Checking the anode rod and replacing it if necessary is a smart thing to do. Here's how you do it. Mine is very simple!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqUyAUaen1w

And here's why you should do this every now and then. It will be on my list to do yearly from now on! What Does an Anode Rod Do in a Water Heater?
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:13 PM
 
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What about the cathode?
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Update. Ordered the part direct from the manufacturer for $18 and change!!!
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:59 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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If the anode was that bad the dip tube likely is as well
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Read through Smelly water heater solutions | Hot water heater anodes for tips.

My personal tip: use teflon tape when you screw in the replacement anode. Is it a hex head? Or is it part of the hot water nipple?
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Read through Smelly water heater solutions | Hot water heater anodes for tips.

My personal tip: use teflon tape when you screw in the replacement anode. Is it a hex head? Or is it part of the hot water nipple?
Hex head! Good idea about the teflon tape and I will do that. Love that stuff!

I know you live here at least part time and the plumber told me they should be checked every year here and will probably need to be replaced every other year at least!
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I replaced my anode a year or two ago. I had to cut the old one and let it drop into the water heater, as the anode material was peeling off and would not fit through the opening. Perhaps I should have just waited another year to see if it would shrink enough for me to pull it out. I did not think of that at the time.

I am hoping that by changing the anode, the water heater will last more than 7 years. It is now 7 years old, so it is too early to tell. I have well water. People with Wooster City water seem to get longer water heater life. The city uses a lime, soda ash, CO2 treatment process, which produces a less corrosive water.
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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Does this apply to gas water heaters as well, or only electric?
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Does this apply to gas water heaters as well, or only electric?
Yes. My WH is gas. Probably the degree of corrosion, or being eaten up completely has to do with how mineralized your water is to begin with.
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Anode has a LOT to do with your water quality.

In some of my wells / houses I MUST cut the Anode rod off, others I change, in my personal home... 28 yrs and still good.

I do flush my WH 1/ yr. And I keep a spare on hand (I also use my old HW heaters to brew my own fuel for cars...)

That is kinda frugal too.
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