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Rheem 21vp50e-1A need owner's manual to change sacrificial rod

Rheem water heater

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#1 Jocelyn Karole Lian

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:19 PM

Does anyone have a copy of the owner's manual for Rheem water heater? I haven't changed it for 5 years; not sure if it's worth it at this point. I just read that you only need to change it once every 5 years, so I want to give it a try.



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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:19 PM

depends on your water quality...
from a Rheem Water Heater Use & Care Manual:

Anode Rod
This water heater is equipped with an anode rod designed to prolong the life of the glass lined tank.
The anode rod is slowly consumed, thereby eliminating or minimizing corrosion of the glass lined tank.
Water sometimes contains a high sulfate and/or mineral content and together with cathodic protection process
can produce a hydrogen sulfide, or rotten egg odor in the heated water.
Chlorination of the water supply should minimize the problem

The anode rod should be removed from the water heater’s tank annually for inspection
and replaced when more than 6”(15 cm) of core wire is exposed at either end of the rod.
Make sure the cold water supply is turned off before removing anode rod.
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#3 dbirkett

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:42 AM

Should just look like a plug in the top of the tank, unscrew it and take a look





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