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Old 03-20-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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For my water heater, I finally got a long enough breaker bar to remove the anode rod to check it, and all I have is a plug with rust in the middle. The rod has corroded and fallen off the plug. I reinstalled the original plug (and it is very likely the original...in my 4 years here it has not been replaced). I will wait until I have a replacement on this 1989 Mor-Flo heater. The heater still works fine. Is it recommended or worthwhile to try to fish out whatever is left of the rod it when I again work on this heater? I have never heard any rattling in the heater. When I drained some water to remove the anode, I saw no obvious sediment. If I do try fishing, any suggestions on how?

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Not going to happen, just replace it and move on to the next project.

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Leave the remains of the rod behind in the tank and install a new rod as soon as possible.
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Wow ,, Mor Flo water heaters I was the factory rep in Miami in the 90s for a cheap heater they were not bad, 1989 ? I would say change the heater, anything after 15 years on that tank is borrowed time
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TIP, to anyone reading this that has to to remove an anode rod use a impact wrench with a 1 1/16 socket. Borrow one if you have to.
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I think a breaker bar is a better choice. The extreme vibrations of an impact wrench are more damaging to something that is corroded or coated with deposits.

However, when just moving into a house, damaging a working water heater looses kudos points with one's spouse. I just took too long getting back to it.
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I think a breaker bar is a better choice. The extreme vibrations of an impact wrench are more damaging to something that is corroded or coated with deposits.

However, when just moving into a house, damaging a working water heater looses kudos points with one's spouse. I just took too long getting back to it.
" It's not a better choice".

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