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Old 10-01-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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No anode in water heater. Add one?


Hello all, first time here. Awesome place...

I was getting a rotten egg smell from the shower after a few minutes and did a little research which led me to the anode rod. House was a new build for us in 08. I looked for the anode in the usual location to no avail. There is a T/P relief valve where it should go. I pulled the valve just to be sure and sure enough no anode to be found.

I have an anode that will fit there and I could relocate the T/P valve to the side of the heater no problem. Question is would it be worth it to add the anode after all these years with out one? Or wait for the need to replace and just flush and sanitize the tank with peroxide and or bleach as I have heard people do to kill any critters in there?

Thanks folks, again glad to find this place.

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Old 10-01-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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What is the manufacturer of the water heater?

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Old 10-01-2014, 08:34 PM   #3
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Give us the make and model number on your tank.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:03 PM   #4
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There is always an anode rod. Do you have a Bradford White? They usually attach the rod to the cold inlet nipple so from the outside it looks like there is not a rod.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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It's an AO Smith GCV 50 200. The diagram shows Anodes in a few places. I had to get a bendable anode because of clearance from above. I suppose I could check below the inlet and outlets.

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Old 10-02-2014, 07:27 AM   #6
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I found a diagram online. The anode is part of the outlet. You will need a different rod as it has to incorporate the outlet. It's like the one SHRPlumber posted.
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Can I use any anode rod from any manufacturer designed for an outlet? It seems that they all have standard fittings and threads.

It will have to be flexable or segmented as I only have 21 1/2" of clearance above the heater.
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Can I use any anode rod from any manufacturer designed for an outlet? It seems that they all have standard fittings and threads.

It will have to be flexable or segmented as I only have 21 1/2" of clearance above the heater.
I would think you could. Can be 100% certain.

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