Originally Posted by herk7769
If you did not get the anode out; how did you drain it? Using the plumbing to drain the hot water heater has risks. Bits of anode (a normal process) and calcium deposits can get swept into the cold water pipes when using the low point drains to drain the hot water heater.
When you hook up fresh water in the spring, that rubbish in the pipes can be pushed into faucets and the flush valve on the toilet causing low pressure and flush problems.
I would not use that technique next year.
Close the bypass system first, then using the appropriate socket, extension, and wrench to remove the anode and using a flush wand made for flushing out the heater (or a homemade one, like the photo) flush out the garbage from the bottom of the water heater.
Ok, we got a 1 1/16" socket, removed the anode... expected undrained water to spill out but it was dry. Is it safe to assume that the plumbing to HWH is safely drained? Should we try to fashion a wand to rinse out the heater now... is there likely "gunk" in there? Should we clean the anode in any way?Then replace the anode or plug?
Guess we will deal with the possibility of minerals and gunk in the plumbing when we dewinterize.
I'm afraid to do much of anything any more without confirmation here.... seems that the manual is not a reliable source of information.