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Old 11-21-2015, 01:35 AM   #31
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Who here ever checked the ones in their water tanks at home? That, and not flushing annually cause most of the fails of a storage tank type water heater.

Actually I've heard that for years and never changed an anode in the home hot water tank. But I was curious to see what the anode in the last tank that failed looked like. It took so much force to get it out that it seemed like it could cause other problems removing it. Maybe heat would have helped, who knows. So, I'll continue to go for the 9 year warranty ones and hope for the best.

Rant: can't believe they have the nerve to sell tanks, an important item that can cause major damage when it fails, with only a 6 year warranty

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Old 11-21-2015, 01:41 AM   #32
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Actually I've heard that for years and never changed an anode in the home hot water tank. But I was curious to see what the anode in the last tank that failed looked like. It took so much force to get it out that it seemed like it could cause other problems removing it. Maybe heat would have helped, who knows. So, I'll continue to go for the 9 year warranty ones and hope for the best.

Rant: can't believe they have the nerve to sell tanks, an important item that can cause major damage when it fails, with only a 6 year warranty

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Never changed anode or flushed . Our water heater is still going .We have very hard water and it is almost 22 years old now . It just won't die . Pat
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Dissected my old house water heater after 20 yrs in service. No anode element left.
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Dissected my old house water heater after 20 yrs in service. No anode element left.
We have a brand new water heater sitting in garage waiting for the current one to die . Pat
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I've always been afraid to flush the HW tank, I just know the valve will need replacing or repair if I were to do so. I was told my 20 year old tank was fiberglass, would it still have an anode?
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I've always been afraid to flush the HW tank, I just know the valve will need replacing or repair if I were to do so. I was told my 20 year old tank was fiberglass, would it still have an anode?
My thought's exactually. Just leave well enough alone . It's working . Pat
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I've always been afraid to flush the HW tank, I just know the valve will need replacing or repair if I were to do so. I was told my 20 year old tank was fiberglass, would it still have an anode?
Most of the fiberglass ones have an inner tank made of polybutene and a wound fiberglass outer shell. They don't need an anode, but there are a few that do have them - mainly as a means of odor control. And - they LAST. My Dad has one that's over 20 years old and still working perfectly.
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