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Guy Roan

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Posted: 01/09/20 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would do it in a heart beat.
We have a 40 foot two year old trailer with a Suburban gas/electric water heater, and as soon as it quits I'll replace it with a 6 gallon residential all electric one like I have at home.

I figured I would maintain this in accordance with the book, and the first year I pulled out the anode to check it and it was still good.
When I put it back in no matter how tight I snugged it, it leaked.
I finally gave up and put a cheater bar on it and figure I would just leave it until it wears out and then replace it with something that is not junk.
My electric one at home is 30 years old and has no anode. I have another one in a guest house that is 20 years old with no anode.

On my last two trailer they were gas/electric with no anode and each of those were just drained once a year and I never had a problem like with this present piece of junk

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Guy Roan wrote:

I would do it in a heart beat.
We have a 40 foot two year old trailer with a Suburban gas/electric water heater, and as soon as it quits I'll replace it with a 6 gallon residential all electric one like I have at home.

I figured I would maintain this in accordance with the book, and the first year I pulled out the anode to check it and it was still good.
When I put it back in no matter how tight I snugged it, it leaked.
I finally gave up and put a cheater bar on it and figure I would just leave it until it wears out and then replace it with something that is not junk.
My electric one at home is 30 years old and has no anode. I have another one in a guest house that is 20 years old with no anode.

On my last two trailer they were gas/electric with no anode and each of those were just drained once a year and I never had a problem like with this present piece of junk

Guy


Wow! You really hate gas hot water!
I love having gas range and hot water, yes use electric for heat as we get it as part of the campsite. That said I love gas hot water, for the extremely fast recovery, even with two ladies taking showers before me I always had plenty of hot water, even with a 6 gallon tank.


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Posted: 01/09/20 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve not seen a residential water heater without an anode. The 6 gallon in my shop needs the top removed to access it. Before installing a new water heater, remove the often over tightened anode and reinstall with Teflon tape and do not over tighten, this is so future service will be easy. Water conditions will determine how often an anode needs replaced.





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Lynnmor wrote:

I’ve not seen a residential water heater without an anode. The 6 gallon in my shop needs the top removed to access it. Before installing a new water heater, remove the often over tightened anode and reinstall with Teflon tape and do not over tighten, this is so future service will be easy. Water conditions will determine how often an anode needs replaced.


I replaced the one in my DD house, after a few tries with a 24' breaker bar, I just got out my impact wrench!

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rhagfo wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

I’ve not seen a residential water heater without an anode. The 6 gallon in my shop needs the top removed to access it. Before installing a new water heater, remove the often over tightened anode and reinstall with Teflon tape and do not over tighten, this is so future service will be easy. Water conditions will determine how often an anode needs replaced.


I replaced the one in my DD house, after a few tries with a 24' breaker bar, I just got out my impact wrench!


I bought a GE hybrid water heater and didn't "just" get out an impact wrench, I got out the 1/2" electric impact wrench, followed by the 1/2" air powered impact wrench and finally a borrowed 3/4" impact wrench. I shouldn't have waited to remove that one.

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How do you guys get it out of the heater in your home? My water heater is in the basement and there is not enough overhead clearance to get the anode rod out without destroying it. To get a new one in, I had to disconnect the entire heater and tip it on its' side so the anode would slip in the hole.

What am I missing or doing wrong? Does anybody make an anode rod with a hinge in the middle? I can see two joined together with some kind of eye bolt like a Numchuck. Is that kind available anywhere?
Barney

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BarneyS wrote:

How do you guys get it out of the heater in your home? My water heater is in the basement and there is not enough overhead clearance to get the anode rod out without destroying it. To get a new one in, I had to disconnect the entire heater and tip it on its' side so the anode would slip in the hole.

What am I missing or doing wrong? Does anybody make an anode rod with a hinge in the middle? I can see two joined together with some kind of eye bolt like a Numchuck. Is that kind available anywhere?


You should have pulled up the old anode and cut it, repeat as many times as necessary to get it out, of course prevent dropping the remainder with something like vise grip pliers.

It is hard to find anodes at local stores because folks just don't do the service. Dedicated plumbing shops should have them, and Amazon or eBay has tons of them.

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Posted: 01/11/20 08:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know it's propane but we love our Girrard instantaneous water heater. Tiny in size but big in performance. Its pricey,but never running out is priceless.

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I know it's propane but we love our Girrard instantaneous water heater. Tiny in size but big in performance. Its pricey,but never running out is priceless.

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https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Hot-Water-Hybrid-Heat/dp/B0024ECCJW/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=camco+electric+water+heater+add+on+element&qid=1579187005&sr=8-5

This will solve your issue. Just make sure you shower FAST and leave a little time between showers...


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