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When I moved in my present home that was approx 12 yrs old then the first thing I noticed was the water heater .It was an old Rhudd that came with the house.I had a friend who worked at UAB in maintance who on occasion had to toss perfectly good stuff.He called and had a 5 yr old 50 gal gas rheem heater that was headed to a dumpster,so I grabbed it up and replaced my old 40 gal. My dad was reading a (get this ) US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT,magazine .It had an article entitled the secret about about water heaters your plumber wont tell you.It was about changing anode rods approx every 5 yrs and your heater lasting forever??So I tried to buy a few from local supply house and was given a go to hell look ,so I ordered a case (12) from rheem.To make story short ,that was close to 20 yrs ago and I have drained and changed the anode every 5 or 6 yrs, so far so good ,I have never heard the crackling sound of the glass liner expanding and it works just like new .Any guesses how long it will last?When I change anode I clean burner and flush heater,its in easy accessable place so I see it every day wondering if that article in a public magazine was really a SECRET?? EDDIE (the first anode was almost gone just a wire , the others just corroded)
 

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You Either Have Good Water Or Your Anode Rod Secret Is Definitly True!
My 50 Gal. Elect. Rheem Is 15 Yrs. Old And Still Going Good, Never Flushed-never Changed Anode-elements Or Thermos. Have Real Good Well Water...... Knock On Wood!
 

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I didn't think it was a secret. My supply house carries anodes. I even have one in the shop that is designed to install with a new heater to double the life. But so far, no one wants to pay the extra $100 for the kit.

Changing them about every six years would be a really good idea, if you could convince people to do it.
 

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:thumbup:That's part of our WH upgrade at time of install. We explain to customer how we can guarantee the WH can last much longer , sell them on anode rod change out in 3-4 years, extending their warranty. I have no problem telling a customer I can make this heater last for the remaining time they own the home if they buy a yearly maintenance agreement allowing us back to their home to inspect and flush WH every year.

They dont go for it too often.:cry:
 
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