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Anode Rod Wear

Mr__C
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What would cause severe wear to the rod at the connection end? Almost no wear on the rest of the rod. I use teflon tape on the threads. Two brand new rods, two years in a row.
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StirCrazy
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Pbutler97 wrote:
Latner wrote:
Mr. C wrote:
It's this rod. I'll just plan on buying a new one before camping season.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MNVPSX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1



lots of life left for those two rods


Yep, if thats from one season of use it looks like they would be good for another 8-10 years, but if folks feel better wasting money every year for a new rod more power to them. Those rods will perform just as well as a new one.



I would change them at about 50% use. there cheep insurance.

its a little deciving how they wear out, mine look simular to his after 1 season. after the next they are about 50% gone. it also depends where I go camping nd what the water is like there.

Steve
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C_Schomer
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Changing rods sure beats changing large heaters and tanks every 4-5 years! Craig
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C_Schomer
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^^^ I agree with everybody. I've changed a bunch of rods in commercial heater/tanks and sometimes they do that. I always change them, as long as I have the water drained down. Craig
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Pbutler97
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Latner wrote:
Mr. C wrote:
It's this rod. I'll just plan on buying a new one before camping season.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MNVPSX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1



lots of life left for those two rods


Yep, if thats from one season of use it looks like they would be good for another 8-10 years, but if folks feel better wasting money every year for a new rod more power to them. Those rods will perform just as well as a new one.

GaryUT
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That's what the rods from my heater look like after 1 year.

They are not expensive so I just put in a new one in the spring.

I use the Suburban rods, they seem to hold up better.



Suburban 232767 Anode Rod
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enblethen
Nomad
Nomad
Here is a good article on anodes

Bud
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Latner
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Nomad
Mr. C wrote:
It's this rod. I'll just plan on buying a new one before camping season.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MNVPSX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1



lots of life left for those two rods

fj12ryder
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MFL wrote:
Those rods look good, if each had a years use. You can easily get another year of use out of either of those. Looks like 80% or more left, and should be able to use down to 25-50% with still good protection.

Your money, you decide, but changing to aluminum not necessary.

Jerry
I agree, I switched to magnesium because I was getting a lot of the slimy aluminum compound in the bottom of the tank. Changing to magnesium took care of that issue.
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ktmrfs
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BB_TX wrote:
I agree that those rods are still good for another year.

I tried changing to an aluminum rod once. After two years it still looked new. Didn’t seem to be doing its job so I switched back to magnesium.


If you have very hard corrosive water that quickly eats magnesium anode rods, then a switch to aluminum is reasonable. If it takes years to do in a magnesium rod, then the magnesium rod is the best choice and provides the best protection.
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RAS43
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MFL wrote:
fj12ryder wrote:
Ours always erodes quickest nearest the threads, which I believe is the reason: closest connection. But just a guess.


Mine too, and same guess.


Same with mine. I continue to use it as it will still sacrifice for a time.

Mr__C
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Thanks for the advice. I'll just reuse the better of the two.
2020 Keystone Cougar 26RBS "Pressure Relief 4"
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2 4x4

MM2 USN 1970-75
USS Canisteo AO-99
USS Miller DE-1091



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"Knowledge is good". Emil Faber

BB_TX
Nomad
Nomad
I agree that those rods are still good for another year.

I tried changing to an aluminum rod once. After two years it still looked new. Didn’t seem to be doing its job so I switched back to magnesium.

MFL
Nomad II
Nomad II
Those rods look good, if each had a years use. You can easily get another year of use out of either of those. Looks like 80% or more left, and should be able to use down to 25-50% with still good protection.

Your money, you decide, but changing to aluminum not necessary.

Jerry

enblethen
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Nomad
You may want to switch to an aluminum rod. Keep an eye on it to see if decays more evenly.
magnesium anode link from OP

Bud
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