Originally Posted by caper
The anode should be under $20. I purchased mine from the CG store where I was staying for the summer. Will change yearly. I would rather pay $20 per year then having to replace the WH tank because I wanted to save a few dollars.
You are correct that $20 per year is not a lot of money, but over 10 years that is $200.....that is a lot of beer money.
I have no problem with campers wanting to do that, but I am a cheapskate, and only replace things when necessary.
By my understanding, a new anode rod will not protect your water heater any better than a rod that still has anode material on it. But back side of that is, if all of the anode is used during a season and is no longer there, then corrosion of the water heater may begin. That is why you have to be aware of how much is being used every year, and once that puppy gets down to about 25% or less, replacing the rod is essential so that the anode is not all used up before you pull the plug again.
BTW, I think you can get the anode rods for about $12 to $15 an many camping stores.
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