The Tank › Rheem Performance Platinum 50 gal Hybrid HW Heater
- November 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm #24456sage789Participant
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).November 6, 2018 at 11:36 am #24457Randy SchuylerKeymaster
What are you asking? The anode can be replaced just like any other provided you can get it loose.
Randy SchuylerNovember 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm #24458sage789Participant
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?November 6, 2018 at 11:10 pm #24460Larry WeingartenParticipant
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, LarryNovember 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm #24465Randy SchuylerKeymaster
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.
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