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Old 11-11-2019, 09:19 AM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Anode Replacement

This is the anode that has been in my hot water heater since I purchased my VIBE TT last year. My question is: Should I replace it, or is there life left in it? I have a new one already, and given the cheapness of these things I am inclined to replace the old one.



Thanks for any advice you may have.
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:22 AM   #2
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That anode has been doing nothing for at least a year. Replace them when the pitting starts to go halfway through.
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Yours is STILL protecting........
But you already have it out and a new to replace it with so slap the new in and go camping!
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Replace it. They are very inexpensive. I buy 2-3 at a time when I find a good price, they don't spoil.
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I always keep a spare in the RV. Cheap ones won't last long at all. I always get the anode rod that is the thickest so it will last me at least one year.
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Wow!....Water in your area must be full of ..........mines lasted 9 years so far.....
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Ok so does using a soften water ( water softener full time ) keep the anode in good shape or help with or eliminate the need for anode rod? Remember using water softeners keeps the wife happy when traveling.
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In reply to one comment, our water is pretty hard here in Central Texas...lots of limestone. In my house we have a water softener which makes a huge difference, but the water I was transporting to my TT, a two hour drive away from my home, was not softened. This might explain the deteriorated anode after one year. A couple of months ago we installed a rain collection system on the 25 foot by 50 foot carport we built to cover the TT, and now we are using only rain water in our trailer.

Thanks for the replies. Being a newbie in the RV world, you have added to my understanding of anode maintenance.
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Wow!....Water in your area must be full of ..........mines lasted 9 years so far.....

Lasted 9 yrs.....then it is NOT doing it's job
The idea is for the anode rod to deteriorate (sacrifice) vs the STEEL tank of water heater


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Ok so does using a soften water ( water softener full time ) keep the anode in good shape or help with or eliminate the need for anode rod? Remember using water softeners keeps the wife happy when traveling.

Can NOT eliminate the need for the andoe rod. It is there to protect the STEEL tank

Anode Rods can corrode more quickly when water is softened.
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