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Old 11-12-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
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Anode Rod Question

Hello Guys and Gals!

Our 2019 camping season is over with the harvest of a really nice 5 point (10 points for the Easterners out there) coast Roosevelt Elk! Freezer is FULL!!
Time to put the new 34IK to bed for the winter.

We store her here in our barn, so under cover and totally enclosed for the PNW winter. Lines blown; furnace set to 45 degrees; air driers plugged in; damp rids in place; tanks empty with 'pink stuff' on the bottom.

Water heater: So we pulled the anode rod (photos attached) to drain and clean the 12 gallon Suburban tank.
What do you think of the condition the rod is in? It looks pretty 'eaten' at the threaded end to us.
We're going to reinstall for the winter as a plug but our question is: Should this be replaced in the spring before we use the 5th wheel again?

There was A LOT of the white stuff built up around the inside of the thread hole. There is STILL a small amount of 'white stuff' (what IS that stuff anyway?) that I can't seem to get off with the tank cleaner wand on one of the elements. Is that okay?

I attached some photos. This rod is the original that came with the 5vr in March of this year, so it's 9 months old. We're thinking 'replace in spring' but would like to know if you all agree or use it some more.

Thanks in advance...photos attached.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:38 PM   #2
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Barely used.
That rod is good for several more seasons.

The white stuff is calcium deposits formed from minerals when heating water. You can 'gently' chip off the deposits around the threads with a screwdriver. The stuff in the bottom of the tank should flush out.

If build up is really bad in the tank, there are videos on YouTube showing how to treat the tank with vinegar to remove the deposits.
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Mine looked pretty much the same on a brand new cedar creek that I picked up in april of this year. I just installed a new anode for safety sake. Better than having the tank corrode.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:44 PM   #4
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Factory recommendations are replacement only after the rod is 75% depleted.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Thanks all! Appreciate all the input. Not sure why there was so much calcium build up at the inside of the opening, but it came right off with my finger and a paper towel. The anode rod is eaten away the most at that area, too.

Will probably buy a new one over the winter and see how it goes with this one the first few months out in the spring.

Have a great winter! Stay warm (or dry if you're in the PNW!)
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That rod is good for several more seasons.
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