The Tank › Extending the Life of a New Whirlpool W.H.
- January 29, 2014 at 11:54 am #20538dsnevillParticipant
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, DavidJanuary 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm #20541Randy SchuylerKeymaster
Check it every couple of years and replace when you can see six inches of core wire.
Randy SchuylerJanuary 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm #20544dsnevillParticipant
Randy – thanks.
Will a powered anode extend the life?January 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm #20545Randy SchuylerKeymaster
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.
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