Rheem Performance Platinum 50 gal Hybrid HW Heater

The Tank Rheem Performance Platinum 50 gal Hybrid HW Heater

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    sage789
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    I searched and found pretty old threads about this water heater, so wanted to ask if there’s any new information on it with regards to replacing the Anode Rod? I’m on well water and am afraid not being able to replace the anode rod could lead to sulfur smell (in addition to shortening the tank’s life.) I would prefer not to add a chlorine feeder to cut the sulfur smell, since we drink the water. (I suppose I could add the feeder just in front of the HW heater if all else failed).

    #24457
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    What are you asking? The anode can be replaced just like any other provided you can get it loose.

    Randy Schuyler

    #24458
    sage789
    Participant

    I think it’s under the heat pump that is mounted on top of the unit. I may add a bypass valve so that I can pour peroxide in when necessary. In addition to killing the bacteria that causes the smell, can peroxide extend the life of the anode rod if I can’t replace it?

    #24460
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello, Peroxide should have little to no effect on anode life. If you can make a powered anode fit, that might be the best long term solution.
    Yours, Larry

    #24465
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    In the past, people have installed powered anodes in these heaters without difficulty. You do need to take off the compressor asseembly to get to the anode, and you’ll need a socket extension because the anode will be down between the walls of the shell, but that’s about all.

    Randy Schuyler

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