Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-25-2014, 10:34 PM   #1
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
water heater anode

Winterized today. We pulled the drain plug on the water heater, it is really long so I think it is actually an anode looking at it. Anyways, it looks corroded already as it has lots of little holes all over it or is this normal? We noticed grey water coming out initially as we unscrewed it, then the water came clear once the plug/anode was out. This is very different than our old trailer. If it is corrosion, any idea why it would have corroded so fast? My 5er has a build date of Feb 2014 and we just purchased in July. Thanks





__________________

__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 10:48 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 258
The magnesium rods eat up quick...
__________________

__________________
2010 Georgetown 300FWSSouth Florida
speedjester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
Oklahoma Proud
 
MillerTime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: central OK
Posts: 2,775
That's pretty normal for one season. There will only be a wire about the size of an oil dipstick when the anode is gone. At the rate yours is going, it should last 5-10 years i would think.
The crap in the tank is minerals and particles from the anode corrosion/ residue
__________________
MillerTime is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
Ok so this is still ok and not in need of replacing?
__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 10:59 PM   #5
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
Also we usually leave our drAin plug out of the tank for the winter and replace cone spring. Should we not do that with this type? Is plumbers tApe ok to use on the threads of this?
__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 11:01 PM   #6
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,026
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquared View Post
Ok so this is still ok and not in need of replacing?
Correct. You may want to get/make a flush wand and hook to a water hose to flush the gunk out since you have the anode removed.

If you will look in the FAQ section under water heaters, I think Herk has an anode usage chart that shows you the various stages and at what point to replace it.

EDIT: Here you go

Anode facts and FAQs
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 11:04 PM   #7
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
Thanks gonna go check it out now
__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2014, 11:18 PM   #8
Oklahoma Proud
 
MillerTime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: central OK
Posts: 2,775
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquared View Post
Also we usually leave our drAin plug out of the tank for the winter and replace cone spring. Should we not do that with this type? Is plumbers tApe ok to use on the threads of this?
We leave ours out too over the winter and flush the tank. I would reuse that anode, as i stated before, the wear rate on yours, it should last for years.
I've heard varying views on the tape, but i was under the impression that it needed direct metal to metal contact with the tank to be of any use as a sacrificial rod....but i might have misunderstood that, but it makes sense.
__________________
MillerTime is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2014, 12:03 AM   #9
Just a member
 
kandl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cool Pool, AB
Posts: 783
Quote:
Originally Posted by asquared View Post
Ok so this is still ok and not in need of replacing?
Indeed, lots of miles left on that one.
__________________
Keith, Lori & the Wild Bunch
TT: 2011 Rockwood 8293RKSS
TV: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 CC 4x4 (ya.. it's got a Hemi
)
kandl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2014, 12:05 AM   #10
Just a member
 
kandl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cool Pool, AB
Posts: 783
Quote:
Originally Posted by speedjester View Post
The magnesium rods eat up quick...
Depends on the water. We have four seasons on a magnesium anode.
__________________

__________________
Keith, Lori & the Wild Bunch
TT: 2011 Rockwood 8293RKSS
TV: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 CC 4x4 (ya.. it's got a Hemi
)
kandl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
anode, heater, water, water heater

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:51 AM.