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Old 11-19-2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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WH Anode out or in?

Through the camping season I usually leave the annode rod out laying in the bottom of the WH frame. Do you install over winter or leave it out as I do?
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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I would drain it and then install the rod so it was ready to go in the spring. Would open the relief valve and place a couple cotton balls in the opening to stop any bugs or bees from entering in the spring.
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In (all the time, actually) for me- my fear is the threads rusting up. Could be unfounded and others likely do it without issue- but it's what I do.
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After draining and flushing the water heater I reinstall the anode rod. When it needs replacing I would install the new rod at that time also.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:14 AM   #5
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IN, as it keeps bug/critters from crawling inside the water heater..and also prevents the threads on the water heater from rusting up
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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Through the camping season I usually leave the annode rod out laying in the bottom of the WH frame. Do you install over winter or leave it out as I do?
If you leave it out during the camping season, how do you get any hot water?
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:42 AM   #7
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In (all the time, actually) for me- my fear is the threads rusting up. Could be unfounded and others likely do it without issue- but it's what I do.
Just put some copper anti seize on the threads. Besides sealing it and not being able to rust you get a better conductor then tape. I know you think i'm anel on this but it will work and you don't have to worry. Everyone has there own way....... This question has been debated to it's fullest extent.....
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Just put some copper anti seize on the threads. Besides sealing it and not being able to rust you get a better conductor then tape. I know you think i'm anel on this but it will work and you don't have to worry. Everyone has there own way....... This question has been debated to it's fullest extent.....

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Through the camping season I usually leave the annode rod out laying in the bottom of the WH frame. Do you install over winter or leave it out as I do?
If he leaves it out through the camping season, why worry about it during the winter or coating the threads with anything?
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If there's no water in my tank the anode rod is out.

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