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Old 10-25-2018, 04:38 PM   #1
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How fast should a water heater anode sacrifice?

We bought this Surveyor brand new in mid-August 2018. We camped the first 2 nights on the way home using shore power. About 4 weeks later, we went on a 30 day trip fron VA to ME and back mostly using shore power. I have used campground water as well as water from the onboard tank from my house.
I removed the anode today to drain the water heater.

Should the anode be this far sacrificed in this short length of time?
Should I be looking to see if the electrical is properly grounded?
Anything else I have missed, or, is this "wear" normal?

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Old 10-25-2018, 04:42 PM   #2
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Lot of life left to that anode. It just depends on the water, as to how fast it sacrifices.

This previous thread may help:

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Old 10-25-2018, 10:58 PM   #3
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Anode life will depend a lot on the water itself and it's PH. Well water can often be the worst as it has had no processing. Then again city water itself can be quite corrosive depending on it's source. My local water district actually adds calcium to the water to make it hard which tends to protect water lines and hot water tanks. The mountain lake they pull the water from is a low Ph which is "acid".
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