Question about removing Bradford & White anode rod
Hi everyone. I have a brand new Bradford & White 40 gal elec water heater, and stinky water. I already know the problem is in the water heater, and not the well or water softener. I want to remove the rod.
My manual and a local water softener guy says the anode rod is combined with the hot water outlet. I loosened the bolt holding the Pex pipe to it, and...
My question is: Is that metal pipe sticking up about an inch from the top of the water heater the top part of the anode rod assembly ?
I didn't want to really haul on it and break something, or wreck the threads that the connector attached to the Pex pipe will need.
The water softener guy suggested I can cut off the anode rod to one inch length, so that I can just put that back in place and not have to get new hardware to connect the Pex to.
I'm guessing the anode rod is too long to pull straight up, so I'll have to put the water heater almost on it's side, OR can I pull the rod up partway, stabilize it with a vise grip, cut it off above that, and pull the rest out? Can I bend it? (I know I'll need a hacksaw).