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Old 12-07-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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Is this hot water heater anode condition considered normal?

I just pulled the anode from my Suburban hot water heater. See attached pic.

Is this condition considered normal?



If I wanted to get a spare, does anyone know the part number? Is this something available at Home Depot or do I need to go to CW?

As always, thanks for the help!

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Old 12-07-2016, 12:39 PM   #2
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Looks pretty normal. You have a good bit of use left in that one.

232767 Water Heater Anode Rod is the Suburban part number.
Camco makes one. It's part number is 11563.

The camco unit is usually a little cheaper.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:44 PM   #3
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That is normal and can be reused as there is still life left on the rod.
It is sacrificial, so as it does its job, it gets eaten away.

I've never seen any at HD or Lowe's but have seen them at Walmart.
Usually right around $10 anywhere on the 'net.
The Suburban number is 232767.
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That is normal and can be reused as there is still life left on the rod.
It is sacrificial, so as it does its job, it gets eaten away.

I've never seen any at HD or Lowe's but have seen them at Walmart.
Usually right around $10 anywhere on the 'net.
The Suburban number is 232767.
Perfect. Thanks all around.


I'll go ahead and pick up a spare.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:57 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, you are good to go for awhile with that anode. Here is a chart that Suburban has on their site, and we have in a few places here on FRF that shows the stage at which you should "probably" replace it at.....but you can do sooner if feel the need to.

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Old 12-07-2016, 01:29 PM   #7
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Yes, the anode is doing its job, sacrificing itself so your water tank is not corroded!
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Anode rod

I own an Ace Hardware and we carry them in our store so you can check any Ace.We are usually a little easier to get around in rather than the big box stores and we help the customer. Thanks,Gary
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:52 PM   #9
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It's doing what it is supposed to. Walmart has the CAMCO #11563 for the Suburban heater (3/4" NPT), priced at $9.01.
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Magnesium is best!

I only use oem Suburban Part # 232767.
Not the Camco! The Camco is Aluminium. (doesn't wear out as fast BUT the Magnesium will protect your steel tank from corrosion much better. Only a few dollars more and well worth it.
I purchase mine from Amazon.com for around $12. each.
Purchase 2 and keep a spare on hand. I change mine out once a year (last about 18 months with heavy usage) You still have some life in yours.
Don't go the cheap rout as a new 6 gallon WH is around $00. tax included (that's not installed just the heater.
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:32 PM   #11
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$400.00 New WH

That's about $400.
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I own an Ace Hardware and we carry them in our store so you can check any Ace.We are usually a little easier to get around in rather than the big box stores and we help the customer. Thanks,Gary

Nice plug, Gary Where you at?
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I dunno...should I replace this one? (sarc)
It's a 2014
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I dunno...should I replace this one? (sarc)
It's a 2014
Boy, talk about getting your monies worth.

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When I pull mine when winterizing... I just toss it! For $12, good insurance and piece of mind. I know it's good for the new camping season!
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When I pull mine when winterizing... I just toss it! For $12, good insurance and piece of mind. I know it's good for the new camping season!
Please throw some dollars my way! If you're replacing the rod every year, you're wasting your money. IMHO!
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My rods are about half toast at this point!
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I checked mine when the trailer was new and I had just flushed the antifreeze out of it for the first time and it looked pretty used. I cleaned all of the gunk out of the WH and put it back in. Checking it at the end of the season again, it looked pretty much the same which got me to wondering if the antifreeze had done anything to it? (yes there was antifreeze in the heater, though not a lot) Next year, i am putting a new rod in and will check and see how much it is sacrificed. Since I use only air to blow out the lines and all tanks are emptied, the WH doesn't get any antifreeze, so I'll know if that had something to do with it or no.
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I only use oem Suburban Part # 232767.
Not the Camco! The Camco is Aluminium. (doesn't wear out as fast BUT the Magnesium will protect your steel tank from corrosion much better. Only a few dollars more and well worth it.
I purchase mine from Amazon.com for around $12. each.
Purchase 2 and keep a spare on hand. I change mine out once a year (last about 18 months with heavy usage) You still have some life in yours.
Don't go the cheap rout as a new 6 gallon WH is around $00. tax included (that's not installed just the heater.
More info on Al vs Mg, FYI:

Aluminum or Magnesium anode on a new water heater?
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