The Tank › Where's the anode?
- May 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm #20868klimshelfParticipant
The manual says the anode is combined with the hot water outlet. I disconnected the outlet pipe and pulled out a plastic cap but couldn’t see how to access the anode to inspect it. How is this done?May 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm #20869
The anode is below the nipple and a part of it. You can see an example of a combo anode on my Anodes page in Water Heater Basics. On the down side, Bradford White uses a really short nipple with its anodes and you can count on wrecking the threads when you try to remove it, so have a replacement handy — hopefully bought from me. My nipples are longer and don’t present this problem.
Randy SchuylerMay 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm #20871klimshelfParticipant
Thanks, Randy. You can be sure that when I need an anode I’ll get it from you. Since the tank is only 9 mos. old I’m thinking the anode is still ok – but then, the lower element (shown in another post) was already bad and had to be replaced.
Can you tell me what purpose that plastic plug with the rubber flap on the top of the anode serves?May 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm #20873
It’s important to understand that function and longevity are two completely different issues. Function is elements on an electric. I’m not sure why an element would fail that early, but the anode won’t be affected in any way by that issue. Odds are it’s in good shape and you won’t have to think about it for another five years.
The flap is a heat trap. The federal government got involved in making water heaters more efficient a decade ago and manufacturers have used heat-trap nipples to meet some of the requirements. You can see our idea of how to make passive heat traps here: http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/lingopages/water-heater-heat-traps.html
The heat trap nipples sometimes malfunction, so we don’t like them that much.
Randy SchuylerOctober 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm #21254imalilParticipant
Is there a detailed video in existence that shows an anode being removed and replaced on a Bradford White? I can’t find one anywhere. Seems this would solve most of our problems.
Thanks.October 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm #21255imalilParticipant
Everything I click on in ‘water heater basics’ gets flagged as a trojan by my antivirus. Does this happen to everyone?October 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm #21256
It will if you have Avast antivirus or something like it. I use software to prevent key pages from being printed or copied, and it sets off warnings in one or two AV programs. There’s no virus. I got mortally weary of people plagiarizing my material.
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