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Old 02-08-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
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Replacing sacrifical anode rod on water heater


I want to replace the anode rod in my water heater.

I pulled out the water heater's anode rod to see if it was worth replacing or if the water is attacking the water heaters interior steel walls. (Water came with the house so i have no idea when it was last replaced.) Water heater is from 2012.

It seems to be replaceable at this point but I'm not really sure.

Anyone have any experience with this?



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Old 02-08-2019, 01:24 PM   #2
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Yes they are replaceable. You will need a 6 point socket and a 1/2" breaker bar. They are torqued down pretty hard. You may need assistance, one person to hold the water heater while another does the grunt work.
A pneumatic impact wrench would probably be best.
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Here's a pic of the rod. Is it damaged to the point where replacing the rod wont help?

@hkstroud - yup used a impact wrench. Pulled that sucker right off.....
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Replace it. I was doing its job protecting the tank but now time to replace.
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They come made from aluminum or other higher quality metal. I suggest that you use the higher quality metal. No one wants to have aluminum in their water.


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