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Old 10-11-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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Broken Anode Head

The bolt head broke off on the anode rod in my water heater. Now the anode rod is stuck in the drain hole in the water heater. Is there a way to get it out?
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What brand rod did you install? Was just curious as I got a camco olympian and definitely do not want the same issue.

The center of the rod should be steel. You can get a left hand drill bit and a screw extraction kit- (local hardware store) drill into the steel center, then use the extraction bit - it should allow you the screw the rod back out.

If the rod gets knocked back into the tank, it is going to deplete itself rapidly and then your best best is to remove the electric heating element and try to fish it out.

You can just fish it out to begin with if you choose to knock it back in and hunt for it.
You don't want to leave it in there touching the tank walls as it will become another source of rusting once it is depleted.
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Yes

But it requires good skills and tools.

Same process as removing broken bolt but given this is in the wall of a tank it requires a lot more skills.

Post some good photos as some have been there before and may be able to guide you.

We may drill out the center then work towards an edge so we could fold the bolt in to seperate it from the nut part by need to see what you have.
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Nukerj -- The coach is currently at Camping World for that and warranty issues. So I canít take any pictures at this time. Camping world told me the water will have to be replaced. I told them I thought it could be drilled out. As far at the brand of anode rod, I donít know/remember.

I only have rudimentary knowledge of these things, but when I went to take the anode rod out, I remember needing to exert a lot of force on the socket wrench. When I thought it was finally turning, I thought the bolt was backing out. Well it wasnít, it was the head twisting off. If the bolt is firmly stuck in the hole, will the reverse out with an extraction bolt?

TQ60 Ė When drilling out the center to collapse the sides, does one start with a small bit the work up using larger bits?




I don't really understand how it happened. I have had 8 different RVs and nothing like this has ever happened. The coach is only 7 months old.


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Yes you punch then drill holes near edge opposite each other 180 apart to where the outside of hole is just inside of threads.

Then center drill and step up until it touches other holes then tap with a chizel.

Clean out with a tap then use food grade anti seize or Teflon and do not over tighten....snug is good enough
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Please reply back how camp world got it out and repaired
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Please reply back how camp world got it out and repaired
Will do. If after about three weeks I haven't posted, please feel free to remind me.
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Please reply back how camp world got it out and repaired
I do not have the coach back yet (the rear slide power gear assembly broke and the frig needs replacing) but I was told by Camping World that they drilled it out.
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