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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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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.....

That's what I do, works for me
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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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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.
As you saying put copper anti seize on the threads and then leave the anode out?
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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As you saying put copper anti seize on the threads and then leave the anode out?
NO, I put a new one in every year after I done cleaning it. But that is just me and it is still in the by-pass mode now . The Copper anti seize doesn't enter the water system if you wondering that. As I said before this is the first year I ever winterized, but I still clean my tank yearly.
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NO, I put a new one in every year after I done cleaning it. But that is just me and it is still in the by-pass . The Copper anti seize doesn't enter the water system if you wondering that.
Makes sense. The OP's question was leave it in or take it out. I wasn't clear which way you went based on your response to me.

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Makes sense. The OP's question was leave it in or take it out. I wasn't clear which way you went based on your response to me.

Well I guess I kinda answered you both. Even if you left the rod out I would think that someone would want to close that whole from bugs or anything. Just leaving it open would accelerate the rusting of the threads. From just the pure elements of winter. I guess that I assumed that people would know that. And I'm the first to say don't assume it the first 3 letters makes me an A** sometimes espendydad. Try it and see how it works for you.... PS: couldn't hurt to try. It's really better then tape or rectorseal that I have found.
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Well I guess I kinda answered you both. Even if you left the rod out I would think that someone would want to close that whole from bugs or anything. Just leaving it open would accelerate the rusting of the threads. From just the pure elements of winter. I guess that I assumed that people would know that. And I'm the first to say don't assume it the first 3 letters makes me an A** sometimes espendydad. Try it and see how it works for you....
I'm good with leaving it in, tape, and reusing my anode but the latter two have been .
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Hey Old Coot, I guess no one else got the part in the OP's first question where he said he leaves it out DURING camping season
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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.
ohh lord... here comes that debate again...lol
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Hey Old Coot, I guess no one else got the part in the OP's first question where he said he leaves it out DURING camping season
Guess not, too interested in getting into a debate on the coating of the threads.
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Hey Old Coot, I guess no one else got the part in the OP's first question where he said he leaves it out DURING camping season
I think post 10 answered!

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Guess not, too interested in getting into a debate on the coating of the threads.
I would give the OP the benefit of the wording of the post, I'm sure he didn't mean he leaves it out during camping. Might just be missed worded. That does happen. Maybe he will get back to the post and and clear that up.
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