Originally Posted by B47
You speak about replacing a home water heater anode rod every 5 years. I have noticed in the past that almost no one ever speaks about their home water heater anode rod. I realize this a RV forum, but I wonder how many home owners even know their water heater contains an anode rod.
It serves the same purpose as the anode rod in your RV does.
My current home contains a tankless water heater so I don't have an anode rod to deal with, but I noticed in my prior homes that if the water heater is in an enclosed closet ( all mine were in closets in the garage) that I don't think I would have enough overhead room to fully extract/insert a new anode rod as all my water heaters had the rods installed in the top of the heater and I would have to remove the closet ceiling in order to get the old rod out and the new rod in.
Funny you should say that. After I had my water heater about 6 years I ordered a new anode for my home water heater. It is still sitting next to the heater 2 years later. My old one is so corroded in place it can not be removed without a cutting torch. Since my water heater is a computer controlled unit packed with styrofoam and cost me a pretty penny, I will just need to wait till the bottom rusts out an floods my basement.
I won't obviously, but I have limited options about guessing when to replace it before the inevitable disaster.
Before you say, I tried:
Large breaker bar
heat (melted quite a bit of styrofoam)
Pound the *&^% out of it with a hammer
Tried to "chisel turn" it out.
All with no luck. Wish I had ordered the anode a few years earlier.
Oh, and I also have limited headroom above the heater so I ordered a segmented anode that bends up to 90 degrees so you can snake it into the water heater. The old one would get cut in sections as it was retracted.
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