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Old 11-02-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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Excessive anode deterioration

Can anyone tell me if this looks normal for 1/2 a season? We picked up our toe behind in July and when I pulled the anode out to drain the water heater, this is what came out. It seems excessive to me but I don't really know much about it to be sure. What would cause it?

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Old 11-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Ours looks similar to yours after a year. I'm expecting to get a couple more years out of ours.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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No expert, but looks pretty normal wear to me.
My anode is at least 1/4 gone after a season (mid May to mid October)
I usually replace it every other year.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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Ok then. Apparently I just wasn't expecting it. Thanks for the info!
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Here is my Recent thread on this same topic. Some very good responses there. Basically it's normal and still has a lot of life left in it.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:29 PM   #7
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Yup. Normal. The fact that it is eroding says it is protecting your tank!
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:17 PM   #8
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That is better than normal. Just a little galvanic action, showing your tank is being protected - as mentioned above. I'm on my (late into it) second year with my anode. I clean and wire brush it every 6 mo and flush out the water heater. I will replace it with an aluminum one this year to see how long that material will last.
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Anode deterioration is normal due to the water it comes into contact with. Anodes in soft water will last a long time and conversely anodes in hard water will be lucky to last a year, so no one can say what is normal.
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Anode deterioration is normal due to the water it comes into contact with. Anodes in soft water will last a long time and conversely anodes in hard water will be lucky to last a year, so no one can say what is normal.
OK so we'll call that one "average"! Nothin to worry about!
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