Will a flexible anode contact my heating element?

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    mikelee101
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    Hello,

    I have a Rheem Fury 50 gallon electric water heater. I need to replace the anode, as it is now 7 years old and this has not been done yet. I have 22 inches of clearance above the tank, so it sounds like I need the flexible anode. I’m thinking about getting the kit with the curved dip tube and ball valve to make flushing easier. That, however, leads me to my question.

    If I have the curved dip tube, that will (by design) cause the water in the bottom of the tank to swirl. Will this swirling action cause the flexible anode to bump into my lower heating element? If so, can this cause damage to the element?

    My unit is a single element tank, with a 240V/5500W 13-1/2″ Incoloy element in the lower bay. It has a hex-head anode.

    Thanks for the help.

    Mike

    #14877
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello: I think it unlikely the anode would swing around enough to touch the element, but even if it did, I don’t see how it could generate sufficient force to cause any trouble. Just my two cents 😎

    Yours, Larry

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