Removing anode from gas water heater?

We were given a water heater a few years ago and the anode was pretty worn so it was replaced. Any issues by just using a wrench to loosen and glance at the condition of the anode now with the water heater in service? Thanks.


The anode is about 36 inches long and it screwed into the top of the unit.

2 Answers

  • 3 months ago
    Favourite answer

    If the anode rod has been replaced more than once or twice, you more than likely need to replace the entire water tank. If you don't, there will be rust and corrosion buildup and eventually you will notice brown water at the tap and eventually the tank will leak.. Depending on the hardness of the tap water, tanks only last 10 to 12 years. Often best to replace before you have problems. Be sure to install a pressure relief valve so the tank won't explode if the burner has a fault and don't shut off.

  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    you'll want to turn water off then drain system to where water is below where you unbolt anode.  otherwise your gonna drain it threw anode hole.

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