Originally Posted by braddaddy
I tried to replace the anode....it was sooooo tight...when I finally got it to turn I felt it hit on the inside like it was L shapped..... wouldnt continue to turn.... so I tightened it back up.
As bad as it may sound, you need to get the anode out regardless of how much trouble it is to do. It may have so much crud built up on it that it will take some persistance and patience to remove it, but it has to be replaced and the tank cleaned with a water probe of some sort to get the remaining loose crud out.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.