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Old 10-22-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Is it good or bad to not install the anode rod if w/h is not being used .
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Is it good or bad to not install the anode rod if w/h is not being used .
I would at least start it or stuff a paper towel in the hole to keep unwanted intruders. (bugs, spiders, etc)
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Is it good or bad to not install the anode rod if w/h is not being used .
There is no harm in leaving it out if you want, but you should plug the hole to keep bugs out of it.
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Thanks for the quick get back Ken
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Does anyone know if there is any danger of the threads of the tank itself rusting over the winter with leaving it out?
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:26 PM   #6
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Does anyone know if there is any danger of the threads of the tank itself rusting over the winter with leaving it out?
Not much and what little will be there can be wire brushed out. Wet a paper towel with WD40 and just wipe the threads when you take the anode out if you're worried.
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I have left it out a couple years back.
I always take a piece of screen fabric over lapping the compartment door hole for the water heater and then install the door to hold the screen in place.
I now start the rod, I do not tighten it up.
Before when leaving the rod out the threads would rust.
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Just re-insert it and thread it a few turns. Leave it that way.
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Any reason not to clean and install for next year? I cleaned the threads, replaced the tape and tighten the rod back in; thoughts?
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Any reason not to clean and install for next year? I cleaned the threads, replaced the tape and tighten the rod back in; thoughts?
Go for it, won't hurt a thing.
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