No anode, no problem
Some water heaters don’t have an anode fitted as stan- dard, but for less than $20 you can add one. Depending on the heater, remove the drain tap (shown at right), and
replace it with a pencil anode on the front of the heater, which
can be purchased from an online retailer or chandlery. It’s a
smart modification, as it will prolong the life of the heater by many years. Best of all
you’ll have to remove it anyway each winter to drain the tank when you winterize the
water system. If it’s more than one half eroded, it needs to be replaced. — M.C.
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5. No prizes for guessing which is the
new anode. The old one was completely
wasted away. I was working on a 12-gal-
lon tank, and just to give you some idea,
that new anode is 16 inches long!
6. Reinstallation is a reverse of the
procedure outlined. Wrap Teflon tape
around the threads of the anode before
screwing it into the water heater.
7. Once everything
is back together,
turn on the pump
or open the water
supply valve if that’s
for your installation.
Carefully check for
leaks, and don’t turn
on the electricity
to the water heater
until it’s full of water.
Verify this by running the water until there’s a steady stream
coming from the hot-water faucet.
Visit You Tube.
to watch a
video on how