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Old 05-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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I need to replace my heating element rod on a surban water heater (I think model 5043) numbers I can find. Where is the best place. It's on a rockwood and I don't live near the dealer anymore. The rod looks fairly worn its going on year four is this normal? Still heats
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KyDan just posted this the other day in the FAQ section

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And just to be clear, you are talking about your actual electric heating element (which has two wires attached to it) and not your sacrificial anode rod.
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I need to replace my heating element rod on a surban water heater (I think model 5043) numbers I can find. Where is the best place. It's on a rockwood and I don't live near the dealer anymore. The rod looks fairly worn its going on year four is this normal? Still heats
Anode rod or heating element?
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Sorry guys the rod that screws in. I guess the rod is a better choice of words
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You can find the anode rods at just about any RV dealer or online. I used to see some at Wal-Mart in their RV section but haven't in a while so I don't know if they carry them anymore for sure.

I'm just about to go to Home Depot for something else and will take a look and see if they have anything compatible. Maybe others will chime in.
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Sorry guys the rod that screws in. I guess the rod is a better choice of words
That's your anode rod not the heating element.


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Old 05-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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I'm at about 75 %
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Probably a good idea to go ahead and get yourself a flush wand that hooks up to a water hose...or you can make something similar. As the anode rod deteriorates, it leaves a lot of gunk in the water heater itself....that can make it to your taps and clog them.

Might as well wash/flush out your heater while you have the anode rod pulled.

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X2 on the tank flushing. I pulled my anode the other day to check it and went ahead and flushed it while I was at it. Plenty of white stuff came out since we have pretty hard water here. Always a good idea to flush lol.
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