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Old 11-11-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Rod

I drained my hot water heater this evening in preparation for a short winterization here in Northern Virginia. Leaving for west coast end of next week. Anyone with some experience in how the rod should look, your assistance is appreciated (see attached photos). I just purchased this 2014 Solera from McGeorge (Richmond, VA) in June, 2014. Not sure if the rod should look this eaten-up in such a short period of time.

I would prefer not to take this back to McGeorge..This is another story, but I am still waiting on them to approve replacing the hydralic jack motor and resevoir that burned-up because the ground was grounded to one of the relay solenoids (over a month ago). Still waiting on getting reimbursed for $380.00 for the cost of roadside labor.

Seems like i could just purchase a new water heater water release rod. Thoughts?

Thanks, Mike
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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The cost of a new rod is only about $18 this is cheap insurance for the water heater. If you are in doubt replaced the rod.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Your rod is just fine. Google it and you'll find pics of worse ones than yours. Mine just finished its 3rd season and is about half gone.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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In the FAQ section here on the forums, there is an anode rod chart in the water heater section that shows the different stages. Yours is fine for some more action, and it normally starts deteriorating from the end your has.

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I just posted this in another forum and this may help you also:

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Old 11-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #5
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Considering it's as bad as it is I'd look at replacing it. It does seem strange that it just at the one end. The rods I've had normally corrode along the entire rod were your is just in the treaded end. Also was this purchase new or used?
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Mine isn't that bad, but it's close after only 5 months and only 23 nights camped. I drained it twice though. I would replace it. They're only about $15-20.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:29 PM   #7
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Do a search for anode rod. There are several threads on anode rods, some as recent as yesterday. The rods sacrifice themselves for the good of your water heater.

See the pic of mine I removed this afternoon. It is still quite usable.
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Mine looked way worse the first time I changed it! The dealer said it was ok, but I changed it anyway. I pulled mine today and it looked worse than yours, I may not change it this time. I get quite a bit of calcium deposits out whenever I drain it.


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Old 11-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #9
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Proper term is an anode rod...it is a sacrificial rod and is designed to do just what it is doing...it will break down with time...thus the term sacrificial rod. Yours is fine still, probably good for another season, maybe more! All depends on the water.
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I purchased it new.
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