Question about Whirlpool Water Heaters
There isno obvious nut for anode on top
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2) Anode might be located on hot water nipple as a combo.
Insert carriage bolt when removing nipple to avoid collapsing nipple during extraction.
Regular combo anode rods are available, or buy sausage-link combo available in 12" length to fit low headroom installations.
3) Ordinary 1-1/16" hex Anode might be located under the metal cover on steel tank.
4) If unit has power vent, the anode might be under power vent.
Workaround; Install combo anode to replace hot water nipple.
Posted on Dec 06, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
PROBABLY. THE ANODE PROBABLY FUSED ITSELF TO THE TANK VIA ELECTROLYSIS. I WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT INSPECTING THE ANODE ROD UNLESS U LIVE IN AN AREA OF HARD WATER AND/OR THE UNIT IS OVER 5 YEARS OLD. DRAINING AND FLUSHING THE WATER HEATER TWICE A YEAR WILL HELP KEEP THE UNIT PERFORMING LONGER. ADDING A WATER HEATER BLANKET WILL HELP LOWER UR UTILITY BILL AS WELL.IF U FEEL U MUST HAVE AN ANODE IN UR TANK, ANY RV DEALER HAVE ANODES FOR A SUBURBAN WATER HEATER THAT U CAN ADAPT AND THREAD INTO THE DRAIN PORT OF UR WATER HEATER.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
SOURCE: water heater anode
If you have power vent, the anode might be located in a separate port on the top under the power vent.
Otherwise, the anode can be a 'combo' and connected to hot water nipple.
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Posted on Aug 08, 2012
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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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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