Re: Hot water heater
Posted by John Scates on January 22, 19101 at 19:30:26:
In response to Re: Hot water heater
The rod protects the tank from rusting out and rupturing prematurely (it is sacrificial to corrosive agents in the water). If you remove it, it may stop the odor, but expect the tank to rust through quickly. If your tank is in a location where a major water leak could cause substantial damage, I would NOT remove the anode rod.

I have seen some postings about anode rods made of other metals (like aluminum) which may solve the odor problem. Ask around, but do not leave the rod out entirely.

- John

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