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Picture of flexible hex-head  magnesium anode

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • a .84-inch-diameter (25 percent more than a standard factory anode) combo magnesium (also known as outlet) anode rod (about 48 inches of overhead clearance needed). This anode is 48 inches long. It has a 3-inch plastic-lined steel nipple, meant to be used in heaters with 1 inch of insulation. If your heater has 2-2.5 inches (R16-20), get SKU7 or you'll have to cut the sheet-metal top to tighten the nipple.
  • pipe-thread seal tape
  • service sticker
  • instructions

This kind of anode screws into the hot-water port and can either replace another combo rod or augment a hex-head anode. Fits all residential water heaters with 3/4-inch plumbing. Heaters of 75 gallons and more often have larger plumbing and this anode won't work in them.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

  • The anode will keep your tank from rusting and breaking.
  • The tape will enable you to remove the anode in future to check it.
  • The sticker will help you remember when you installed it.

TOOLS NEEDED

Pipe wrench. For further details, check out the Tools page and Know-How.

RETURN POLICY

Merchandise in original condition can usually be returned for a full refund of the purchase price, not including shipping. E-mail mail@waterheaterrescue.com for instructions and authorization.

SHIPPING-TRACKING INFORMATION

The shopping cart generates an invoice and response, but we will give you delivery date and tracking information within a few days of your order by e-mail. We try to ship within one business day. If there is any hitch, we'll let you know immediately. If you hear nothing, consult your e-mail junk file. It's not uncommon for spam blockers to reroute our e-mails.


ORDERING DETAILS

The products offered here are designed to make water heaters last longer, or solve specific problems. Installation is potentially do-it-yourself, but if you have the least doubt about your abilities, we suggest that you obtain expert help.

Remember also that if you have difficulties with installation, odds are that a professional or handyman will know a way to do it.

Shipping is by UPS within the contiguous United States. UPS does not deliver to post boxes. Allow up to about a week for delivery. Canada, Hawaii and Alaska are only served by Priority Mail and can use a post box.

IMPORTANT: BEFORE YOU ORDER

If you contemplate adding an anode to a new tank, things have gotten complicated recently. The combo anode will not work in heaters made in 2005 or later by Rheem/Ruud/Richmond/GE.

Also, if there are two anodes in a tank, they need to be of the same metal. Otherwise, the magnesium rod will be consumed more rapidly in the presence of an aluminum one and you won't get as long a life. On the other hand, if the tank is five years old or more, having dissimilar metals is less of an issue, since the original one will likely be largely consumed.

All the lower-end heaters by A.O. Smith, American, State, Kenmore, Whirlpool and Maytag have aluminum anodes. We've thought about stocking aluminum combo rods, but we've preached against aluminum for 15 years and won't change now just to make a buck. You still have the option of removing the aluminum hex anode that comes with the tank and installing two magnesium anodes. A plus is that ours are thicker than factory ones.

If you have any doubts about what you're ordering, be sure and e-mail your questions to us. We want you to order only what you need!
mail@waterheaterrescue.com

We will be out of town from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2. Any orders placed after 1 p.m. PDT on Aug. 26 will not be filled until our return

 

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