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Old 04-17-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Anyone removed a water heater top? -- Anode/Outlet Replacement

I have a Bradford-White water heater that has the anode integrated into the hot-water outlet.

I bought a new anode and was about to replace it. My problem is that the outlet appears to screw into the tank and the tank is just below a thin lid that covers the top of the water heater. My fear is that if I cannot see the junction between the outlet and the tank, I will not be able to see if there is a small leak.

Has anyone managed to remove top of a regular water heater? It looked easy, but my lid doesn't seem to come off. I can't tell if it is just binding against the existing hot and cold outlet/inlet pipes, or if it there is something else holding it in.


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Old 04-17-2010, 02:56 PM   #2
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If you unscrew the hot water nipple from the tank using a Stillson wrench (pipe wrench) will the old anode rod come out with it?

Letting you insert the replacement anode?

Without having to disassemble the water heater outer shell?


The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

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