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Old 03-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #1
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Water heater anode

While cleaning out my "excess inventory" I found this kit for the water heater. It has a petcock built in the anode for easier draining. I must have purchased this while traveling someplace as the name does not ring a bell. I'm thinking of installing it this week while dewinterizing. It should make draining the water heater easier. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:12 PM   #2
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My only concern would be that you would not know when the anode was going bad if you did not remove it at the end of the season for inspection.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:14 PM   #3
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It says to remove at the end of the season, so I would do that, but while in use it will allow quicker draining if so desired. My original is brand new so either way I'm good for awhile.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:51 PM   #4
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First question would be, why do you want to drain it?
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:53 PM   #5
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I always drain it when crossing the border, do not want to declare anything.
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Seriously, with the petcock I may drain it more often to keep down the sediment.
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I am off the mind of others. I only drain once a year, and would inspect the anode then too.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:42 PM   #8
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I read a review of this item 2 or 3 years ago. I wish I could find it but I cannot. However, the review recommended that it NOT be used because after a substantial time test, the anode displayed no indication that it was being consumed. The conclusion was that it was not reactive enough to protect the tank. In concept, it may be good, but I would personally not use anything other than a magnesium anode (no aluminum, either). Given the cost of replacing the water heater, I'm not sure the slightly added "convenience" when draining is worth it. However, others may feel differently.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #9
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I had one on my 17 footer.Picked it up at Camping World.Even had a special key for it, made it easier to turn those wings.Keep it.Emptied the tank on a regular basis
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:43 PM   #10
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I had one on my 17 footer.Picked it up at Camping World.Even had a special key for it, made it easier to turn those wings.Keep it.Emptied the tank on a regular basis
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Found it! Thought I read it, but actually I saw it on You Tube.
Suggest you watch this.

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entitled Update! RV Water Heater Anode
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First question would be, why do you want to drain it?
It was part of my winterizing procedure last fall. I followed some instructions I probably found on this forum. I had a hell of a time putting the thing back in this weekend.
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Thanks Carl,
Another item for the rally give-away....
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It was part of my winterizing procedure last fall. I followed some instructions I probably found on this forum. I had a hell of a time putting the thing back in this weekend.
Yup. Drain it once a year to winterize.
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... Any thoughts?
After a few months in a very hard water location my tank was full of sediment - perhaps a cup full. Plus the anode was half eaten and was ready for replacement. So, personally, I would sleep better after a complete inspection rather than just a drain.

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After a few months in a very hard water location my tank was full of sediment - perhaps a cup full. Plus the anode was half eaten and was ready for replacement. So, personally, I would sleep better after a complete inspection rather than just a drain.

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We have hard water too . 4-5 mo for ours 1/2 gone . Pat
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After a few months in a very hard water location my tank was full of sediment - perhaps a cup full. Plus the anode was half eaten and was ready for replacement. So, personally, I would sleep better after a complete inspection rather than just a drain.

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I suspect in that case that the small opening the water drains through would be clogged with sediment and the water wouldn't drain anyway. I've had radiator drains like that and they clog up pretty easily. Seems like sort of a good idea but I'd also rather pull the anode.

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