- 1 How often should you replace the anode rod in a water heater?
- 2 How do I know if my anode rod is bad?
- 3 How much does it cost to replace a water heater anode rod?
- 4 How do you know when to replace an anode rod?
- 5 Is it OK to remove anode rod?
- 6 Can anode rod causing rotten egg smell?
- 7 Is it worth replacing anode rod?
- 8 Which is better aluminum or magnesium anode rod?
- 9 Can I replace anode rod myself?
- 10 What happens if you don’t replace anode rod?
- 11 How do I know if my hot water heater anode is bad?
- 12 Is it too late to replace anode rod?
- 13 Why does my hot water smell like rotten eggs?
- 14 How do I know what size anode rod to buy?
How often should you replace the anode rod in a water heater?
Most water heater manufacturers will recommend inspecting the condition of the sacrificial anode every one (1) to three (3) years and replacing it when it has been consumed more than 50%. This is especially true if you have hard water or use a water softener.
How do I know if my anode rod is bad?
A bad anode rod can cause discolored water, a rotten egg smell, air in the lines and intermittent hot water. The anode rod protects the tank of electric water heaters & signs it should be replaced are a rotten egg smell, no heat & strange sounds.
How much does it cost to replace a water heater anode rod?
An anode rod costs about $50. Some homeowners may feel comfortable replacing it themselves. If not, call a professional plumber, who can assist. The cost of having it replaced professionally may be around $250 or $300.
How do you know when to replace an anode rod?
Schedule professional inspection of the burner, temperature/pressure release valve, venting system, and other system components at least once a year. Inspect the anode rod every year; replace the anode rod every 3-5 years.
Is it OK to remove anode rod?
Yes, you can cut your sacrificial anode rod, whether it is magnesium or aluminum, to replace it. To do this, use a pair of gloves and a saw and cut as you remove the old anode.
Can anode rod causing rotten egg smell?
The most common cause of smelly water is anaerobic bacteria that exist in some water and react with the magnesium and aluminum sacrificial anodes that come with most water heaters to produce hydrogen sulfide gas, making the classic rotten egg odor. Softening can make smelly water much worse.
Is it worth replacing anode rod?
When the rod itself becomes so corroded that it can no longer do its job, the tank soon rusts out, leaks and needs replacement. However, if you replace your water heater anode rod before it fails, about every five years, you can double the life of your water heater.
Which is better aluminum or magnesium anode rod?
For harder water an aluminum anode rod is the best choice for your heater and if you live in an area with soft water then a magnesium anode rod is your best choice. Aluminum anodes tend to be cheaper than magnesium anode rods. A magnesium rod will generally last less than an aluminum rod.
Can I replace anode rod myself?
Water heater anode replacement can be completed by homeowners. If you’d like to inspect or replace your water heater’s anode, follow these steps: For electric water heaters: Turn off the water heater and cut power to the unit from the circuit breaker.
What happens if you don’t replace anode rod?
Without a working anode rod, your water heater tank will be vulnerable to rust, corrosion, and other damaging effects of chemicals and minerals in your water supply.
How do I know if my hot water heater anode is bad?
Smelly or discolored hot water is the biggest sign that something is wrong with your anode rod. When your anode rod has completely corroded, it can no longer protect your hot water heater lining. Your anode rod will go bad every five years or so.
Is it too late to replace anode rod?
Anode rods are made of either magnesium or an aluminum-zinc alloy. The downside is that if you wait too long to replace the anode rod, it may be too late. If more than five years has passed, it may be too late to save the water heater.
Why does my hot water smell like rotten eggs?
You are most likely on well water, and there is a bacteria, known as SRB (sulfate-reducing bacteria), that gets into water heaters and, although harmless to humans from a pure health perspective, creates the odor by digesting naturally occurring sulfur-based elements in the water, releasing tiny amounts of hydrogen
How do I know what size anode rod to buy?
As a rule you want the anode to be “tip to toe” running the full height or length of the tank. If you cant see your brand on the chart then just measure the length of the tank and pick the closest length of anode. If the anode is too long they can be simply cut to length with a hack saw.