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Old 09-24-2016, 09:09 PM   #1
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Removing anode for winter

Wondering if I should remove the water heater anode before winter storage, I have the last two years but not so sure it's a good idea, the threads get corrosion and makes it more difficult to install in the spring, thoughts?
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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I re-insert mine with fresh Teflon tape on it after draining the tank and prepping it for winter....for much the same reason as you stated.
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I re-insert mine with fresh Teflon tape on it after draining the tank and prepping it for winter....for much the same reason as you stated.
X2. You also don't want to leave the rod and plug out or risk insects or rodents from getting up in there.
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X2. You also don't want to leave the rod and plug out or risk insects or rodents from getting up in there.
X3.

One less thing to do in the spring!
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Old 09-25-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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I remove mine and apply a very light coat of vegetable oil to the threads to prevent them from rusting. I do this to ensure the tank can dry itself out of any residual water and also to give the mice a place to sleep comfortably in the winter months.
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:04 PM   #6
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I always leave mine out, I have a bug guard on the outside of the hot water cover. In spring, I always flush out the hot water tank for a few minutes prior to putting the plug back in.

When my trailer was new, the first time that I removed the rod, it was really stuck. With a breaker bar, I was concerned about how much pressure I was putting on the rod and water heater. Had my portable air compressor out because I blow out the lines and then use the pink stuff. Got out the air impact gun and the rod zipped right out.
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:17 PM   #7
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Wipe off the threads and wrap thoroughly with Teflon tape.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:09 PM   #8
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Might be ok for the winter to wrap with Teflon tape but do not do extra Teflon when sing the rv. One single wrap should be plenty . More can ruin the tank.


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Old 09-25-2016, 04:36 PM   #9
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I take it out, check the rod, flush out the tank, put on new teflon tape and put it back in. If your tank is empty for the winter, then there is no requirement to take it out.
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Old 09-25-2016, 04:49 PM   #10
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I thought we're not allowed to say the dreaded "W" word until October!!

(I say this remembering that I had to wear my winter coat into work this morning...a brisk wind out of the north at 38 degrees!)



(Oh, and I, also, put some fresh teflon tape on the anode rod and reinsert inside the water heater.)
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