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Old 11-18-2013, 02:13 PM   #21
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I don't really think one can "see" the anode dust, as it were in the tank and the st6uff you do see is the calcium deposits remaining in the tank. The anode "plates" itself to the other more noble metals in the tank. You might see some of the zinc from the anode as it turns into a sponge like material but as I mentioned, the calcium and lime deposits in the tank are what you see. Those are from the water itself, being heated the calcium ions bond to each other creating larger specks until finally they are heavy enough to sunk to the bottom of the tank and wait for you release them when you diligently change the anode.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #22
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If you drained and rinsed the water heater completely, most likely you will be ok for a few more years. It is surprising for the cost of an anode rode how many are not replaced annually. Cheap money good insurance.
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