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Archive for July 22nd, 2013

Water Heater Anode Rod Access Done Right

For reasons I won’t go into, I just installed another water heater. This one, nominally a GE that’s made by Rheem, has a perfectly aligned anode rod access port. This view shows the insulation filling the port, after removing the plastic cap:

GE Water Heater Anode Rod - as shipped

GE Water Heater Anode Rod – as shipped

A bit of excavation reveals the top of the rod:

GE Water Heater Anode Rod - excavated

GE Water Heater Anode Rod – excavated

And the 1-1/16 six-point socket fits exactly through the port and mates perfectly with the rod:

GE Water Heater Anode Rod - socket in place

GE Water Heater Anode Rod – socket in place

Unlike the never-sufficiently-to-be-damned Whirlpool, no metalwork is required.

Oh, and they have a very nice drain valve at the bottom, with wide opening that shouldn’t clog with the slightest trace of sediment:

GE Water Heater Anode Rod - drain valve

GE Water Heater Anode Rod – drain valve

Overall, it looks like a definite win.

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