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Old 11-15-2017, 12:09 AM   #11
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HELP installing new anode in water heater

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Old 11-15-2017, 09:34 AM   #12
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no, not yet.. it just seemed like certain section was getting thin from holes. i was afraid it'll break off. but from your photo, it seems there's a stick inside the sacrificial material. I've been in extremely hard well water areas, so eating it fast.
Something I recently learned is that there are two anodes available. The magnesium is standard for normal water conditions and is the part number listed in the manual, but there is also an aluminum one available for areas with very hard water.

Magnesium is part # 232767
www.amazon.com/Suburban-232767-Water-Heater-Anode/dp/B003VAYRNM

Aluminum is part # 232768
https://www.amazon.com/Suburban-2327.../dp/B003DGL24G
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Something I recently learned is that there are two anodes available. The magnesium is standard for normal water conditions and is the part number listed in the manual, but there is also an aluminum one available for areas with very hard water.

Magnesium is part # 232767
www.amazon.com/Suburban-232767-Water-Heater-Anode/dp/B003VAYRNM

Aluminum is part # 232768
https://www.amazon.com/Suburban-2327.../dp/B003DGL24G
I prefer the magnesium rod for a few reasons, even though we have hard water here in my area.

The magnesium rod will disintegrate much faster, but that also means it's "sacrificing" itself better than the aluminum does, which in theory, protects the tank better. Also, when the aluminum rod corrodes, it can do so in a "weird" way, like expanding as it becomes more porous. Sometimes it can expand to the point where it won't come out of the hole. Some experts suggest it doesn't dissolve as effectively, which leaves small pieces in the tank.

The magnesium rod also seems to do a better job with the "sulphur" smell issues that sometimes occur with hot water. Lastly, some have stated concerns about the aluminum residue in the water being some sort of health hazard, although I think the evidence for that is sketchy at best.
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:51 PM   #14
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I'm surprise someone in Minnesota is installing a new element so soon as in time of year and so soon as in ownership??
I always replace the anodes in the fall -- because that is when I drain the hot water heater, and if it needs replacing I will have a fresh one when we head out in January/February. But it has been a while since I replaced the anode because it is only about 50% gone after 3 years.
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I remove mine in the fall and leave it out until next use or springtime. It should last, like you said at least 3 seasons. This leads me to my original question, why so soon for a 2017 model or maybe I'm assuming the op's unit is 2017 new?
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I prefer the magnesium rod for a few reasons, even though we have hard water here in my area.

The magnesium rod will disintegrate much faster, but that also means it's "sacrificing" itself better than the aluminum does, which in theory, protects the tank better. Also, when the aluminum rod corrodes, it can do so in a "weird" way, like expanding as it becomes more porous. Sometimes it can expand to the point where it won't come out of the hole. Some experts suggest it doesn't dissolve as effectively, which leaves small pieces in the tank.

The magnesium rod also seems to do a better job with the "sulphur" smell issues that sometimes occur with hot water. Lastly, some have stated concerns about the aluminum residue in the water being some sort of health hazard, although I think the evidence for that is sketchy at best.
Thanks for pointing this out. I have done some research and have confirmed all that you have stated. With all the drawbacks it is surprising that Suburban even makes an aluminum anode.
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Thanks for pointing this out. I have done some research and have confirmed all that you have stated. With all the drawbacks it is surprising that Suburban even makes an aluminum anode.
They are suitable for certain areas with certain types of water, and they do work. I'm just not convinced they work as well as the magnesium ones, that's all.
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They are suitable for certain areas with certain types of water, and they do work. I'm just not convinced they work as well as the magnesium ones, that's all.
I don't know. I've read lot a lot of the stuff on "sulfur smell in hot water tank" and there are conflicting beliefs.

"Additionally, people have been told to replace a magnesium anode with an aluminum one. Don't. Aluminum causes just as many rotten eggs as magnesium."

That kind of advice, to me, sounds like there's no particular advantage either way.

I haven't smelled any hydrogen sulfide in my trailer. But I certainly know what it's like because in boats, using a salt water tap at the sink and salt water to flush the toilet, the smell, when the water's been sitting in the lines, can almost make you gag.

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so i removed my anoide to drain the tank. Do i put it back in now? or keep it out all winter? why not just wrap it with the Teflon tape and reinstall it so its ready to go next spring?
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some leave it out some put it back in, no right or wrong, I put a cork in the hole until I reinstall.
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