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Old 10-10-2015, 11:44 AM   #1
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No Anode in Water Heater

When I drained my water heater for winterizing I found there is no anode, just a plastic plug in it's location. I questioned the dealer and they said because the tank is glass lined so no anode rod is required? I have never heard this before because I know residential water heaters are glass lined and fail quickly once the anode rod is depleted. Do you folks have a just a plastic plug or is there an anode rod?
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:05 PM   #2
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Atwood = has no anode
Suburban = has anode
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:14 PM   #3
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The Solera comes with Atwood and no anode is "normal"
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I think you need to check the year on the Solera mine's a 2013 and has a Suburban with anode.
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Just put an anode in there and call it a day?
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I had a 31' Terry for 15 years. Just drain and flush every fall and no issues.
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:39 AM   #7
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I think you need to check the year on the Solera mine's a 2013 and has a Suburban with anode.
From what bclemens has stated, they changed from the suburban to atwood around 2015.

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Old 10-11-2015, 12:04 PM   #8
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When I drained my water heater for winterizing I found there is no anode, just a plastic plug in it's location. I questioned the dealer and they said because the tank is glass lined so no anode rod is required? I have never heard this before because I know residential water heaters are glass lined and fail quickly once the anode rod is depleted. Do you folks have a just a plastic plug or is there an anode rod?
Dealers are DUMB as a general rule.

Specific ones may be the exception; I just haven't met one yet.

Aluminum Tanks do not need Anodes (Typically Atwood).

Iron ones (glass lined or not) (Typically Suburban); DO.

The interior glass does reach the fitting intrusion points or the torque of tightening the fitting would crack the glass. The glass is there for longevity of the boiler due to the thinness of the tank walls for weight reduction. They still will rust out quickly (at the fittings) without an anode.
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Just put an anode in there and call it a day?
An aluminum anode in an aluminum tank is wasted money.

A Magnesium anode might be electrically helpful but result in Magnesium Oxide nodules from the anode decay in the floor of the tank. Why add another metal to your drinking water?
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I agree with Acadianbob,,,,,,,I've always put an anode in all of my heaters. They decompose over time....does that tell you something? Herk7769 ...so you drink your hot water?
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