Extending the Life of a New Whirlpool W.H.

The Tank Extending the Life of a New Whirlpool W.H.

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  • #20538
    dsnevill
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    First, thanks for creating an informative and excellent website.

    I took your advice and bought a 50 gal Whirlpool (gas) W.H. with a 6 year warranty (and the 5 year extension for $50) from a big box retailer. The State unit I replaced lasted 13 years.

    Now I want to upgrade the anode, and whatever else, to make it last longer. I have a water softener, and have a recirculating pump plumbed in, and thought that might be a consideration for a powered anode vs. replacing the Aluminum one with Magnesium. The tank to drain valve distance is: 48.5″

    How long can I go with factory installed anode before I should replace it?

    Thanks again! Best Always, David

    #20541
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    Check it every couple of years and replace when you can see six inches of core wire.

    Randy Schuyler

    #20544
    dsnevill
    Participant

    Randy – thanks.

    Will a powered anode extend the life?

    #20545
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    Any anode will extend its life, but the way I look at this is that powered anodes are most compelling when there is odor and/or a softener is being used. The latter can consume sacrificial anodes rapidly. In ordinary water without a softener, sacrificial anodes are probably superior because they’re cheap, have no parts, and don’t need electricity.

    I’m proud to be the distributor for the powered anode because it’s a great product, but once in a great while they break, they do need electricity, and they’re expensive.

    I think your idea of checking the current anode — provided you don’t share our concerns about aluminum — and replacing it with perhaps a powered one later on, makes sense.

    Randy Schuyler

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