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Old 10-10-2015, 07:42 PM   #11
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That is your anode it looks good & you should get another year or two out of it. When it looks very thin time to replace. It protects your water tank.

From Google .... What is an anode rod? The short and simple answer is “Sacrificial rod used mainly in water heaters. It helps protect the lining of and generally lengthens the life of a water heater.

Most of us only empty the hot water tank once a year when winterizing. In 30 years of camping have yet to have a water tank go bad.



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Old 10-10-2015, 07:47 PM   #12
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The sole purpose of an anode rod is to protect the water heater tank it does nothing to or for the water.
Da just what I said. I said it prevents the elements in the water from corroding. That's the purpose of it. Later RJD

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Da just what I said. I said it prevents the elements in the water from corroding. That's the purpose of it. Later RJD

When it's all said and done the short answer I believe is that the rod will rust instead of the hot water tank.

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Old 10-10-2015, 08:39 PM   #14
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The rod corrodes away so the water tank does not.

Anode rode are made of from aluminum, magnesium, or zinc so no rust except from the core and the threaded body.

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