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Old 05-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Anode facts and FAQs

How ofton should I remove and clean the anode?

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Old 05-11-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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The anode does not need to be cleaned.
When you remove it to drain the heater in the Fall; inspect it.
Here is what you need to know:
The photo of the corroded looking rod is in VERY good shape and should be reinstalled.

The sacrificial anode should be replaced when you see more than 25% of the center wire.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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I don't think you can really clean an anode. Inspections are all you can do.

How long they last is based on the conditions of the water you put through the RV system........could be your own if you fill the onboard water tank, or certainly the campsites you visit. Some members say they empty the hot water tank after every camping adventure. Some like myself, drain and inspect the anode after every few camping adventures when they are only a few weeks between.
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