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.