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Old 09-15-2011, 06:33 AM   #11
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the anode can rot out the warter heater female threads, if only a few threads are engaged..
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:39 AM   #12
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I flush mine out real well during the winterizing; make sure the bypass valves are in "bypass"; then Teflon tape the threads and reinstall to finished torque.

I experienced corroded threads leaving it partially installed and I worry about bugs getting inside over the winter with it out completely.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:32 AM   #13
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If there is no water in the water heater, then the anode rod should not deteriorate during the winter.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:37 AM   #14
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i would clean the water heater and put it back in. my logic is more of a thread protector from rust. u aren't going to get a wrong answer on this; it's a matter of preference.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:56 AM   #15
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Put it back in would be my recommendation. I left mine out for a short time once and the threads corroded in the water heater portion and I had an awful time trying to get it back in.

Plug or put anode back in?
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #16
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I merged these threads. There are 3 current threads running on anode rods. Come on guys, give the moderators a break. At least LOOK to see is the answer to your question is in a current thread before you post.

I realize there may be an old post that is hard to search for, but this question was on the hot sidebar.


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