Question about Reliance Water Heaters
I've removed the plastic caps on top of the water heater and found it to be foam filled. I've dug down and have not found the anode. What else can I do?
Anode can be connected to, and part of hot water nipple.
This is called combo anode rod.
There are also instances where the anode is on top, but does not line up with access holes.
This is more typical with older water heaters.
Don't forget to clean air intake located on bottom of unit, using feather duster or compressed air.
Year of manufacture for Reliance is 2nd and 3rd digit of serial number located on label on side of tank.
Reliance is owned by AO Smith.
Posted on Nov 30, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most likely only one of the pipes is leaking but weaping enough to cover the top and indented places near both inlet and outlet. This leak has most likely penetrated all the insulation and is a problem throughout the tank wrap insulation...If you are able to blow air continuously long enough to determine which connection is leaking then fix it. It will likely to take quite a while to dry out all the insulation if the water has migrated down into the tank wrap... If you determine that the insulation is waterlogged, you may be able to drill several small holes in the external cover.
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
To replace it you will it in the middle of the heat.You will have to have a big wrench or socket to fix it.First turn water off and release psI.Then there won't be a problem to replace.
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
SOURCE: Sulphur smell
you can remove it but this will not fix your problem, you must cut the cold side pour in about half gallon of bleach ,drain heater of a gallon and a half first, then pour in bleach wait one hour then use as normal. you will have a bleach smell for some time but this will make the egg smell disapate.try this it worked for me.
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
It looks like a plug screwed into the top of the water heater (it IS plugging the hole so turn off water and release pressure b4 removing)
Posted on Oct 01, 2009
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Reliant is made by American
I don't find a 501 manual under gas water heaters at reliant.
The Reliant manuals that are available do not show the anode rod in the drawing.
But they do show an access port on top of tank.
The anode rod is usually under the access port which is a round plastic disc.
On some water heaters, the anode rod is under the steel top and you have to remove the screws holding the top on.
Some water heaters, the anode is connected to hot water outlet.
Below are two links for the do-it-yourself-er
Oct 23, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
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