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Changed anode rod still getting rust one year old tank

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The rust can be from rusted pipes, and not necessarily tank:
New tank has new anode rod, and is NOT likely to be cause of problem.
Anode only protects the tank... not your steel pipes.
There are mathematical formulas for figuring what size and type anode is needed for steel structures like bridges and water heater and boat hulls... if anode is too small or deteriorated, or coated in calcium, or not electrically bonded to the steel surface, or if tank is not full of water or boat hull is out of water, then anode cannot protect the steel.
For more insight about problem:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Gene h

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

Testimonial: "i do not have steel pipes,all piping is pvc.houses in this area are one year old. i seem to be the only one with rust in tank. i have a prefilter and water cond. thanks"

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Have you removed the anode rod to check it? They dissolve over time and have to be replaced.

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It is the 1" or 11/8" hex nut on the top of the water heater some where buy the supply line. As for the anode rod it could be either depending where it was sold. If you are going to change it out call your water provider and ask which would be better for your area and water.

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I would have to go along with your brother on this one. The aluminum anode rod is by far the cheapest way to go. Other options include extensive filtration,ozone treatment and acid treatment.
The aluminum anode rod is much cheaper and I would recommend you change it yearly at least. Good luck and thank you.

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harmless bacterial reacts with anode rod
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Best is to replace anode rod, and leave elements and thermostats alone until they go out. IF you can get the anode out.
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Anode rod prevents tank from rusting. Anode rods deplete over time in most situations, and then tank begins to rust. If the anode can be successfully removed, and updated, then tank rusting stops, and you're tank is good for another 10 years.
So answer to question is: Depends if tank is rusty, and if tank is sitting in drip pan to protect home from possible leak.
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Replace rusted tank
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Prevent rusted tank.
If nipples are leaking, and they did not leak before, then tank has most likely rusted out and needs replacement.
Cause for rusted tank is depleted anode rod.
Inspect and replace anode each 1-3 years.
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My water heater is leaking and only 4 years old. Will the use of a water softener void the warranty?


The warranty should not be void by using water softener, BUT read product manual.
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1) First thing: Why is water heater leaking? Where is the leak?
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For example, if you have electric water heater leaking from element, then replace element.
Replace leaking TP valve.
If water is leaking down vent pipe, and combustion chamber rusted out, then vent problem must be corrected.
These are not covered by warranty.
If tank is rusted out, then read below.

2) If water heater is rusted out after 4 years, you might have stray current corrosion.
This happens when hot and cold pipes are not connected together with a ground wire, and/or if cold water pipe is not grounded to earth.
This might not be covered by warranty.

3) Read water heater instruction manual for advisories.
Tanks rust out when anode rod is depleted. Softened water depletes anode rod faster.
Instruction manual says to check anode rod each year.
Checking anode rod is like checking oil on an engine. If oil was never checked and engine burned up, the manufacturer will not honor the warranty.
If anode rod is depleted, and tank is rusted out, the warranty might not cover the rusted tank since owner was supposed to check for anode depletion.

4) Anode rods can also be covered with calcium deposits and stop working.
This night not have anything to do with water softener, but anode stops working and tanks rusts out.
In any case the owner's manual probably says to check anode rod to prevent leaking from rusted tank
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The tank is drained by removing tank, and using hot water outlet as a drain.
Under-counter tanks are not made with thick steel hull that adds cost and weight to product.
Water heater can rust out quickly if anode rod is not checked and replaced each year.
Anode rod depletion is faster if home has water softener.
All tank-type water heaters have replaceable anode rod that protects tank from rusting, and most water heater manuals include general description of anode and maintenance.
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Rusted water heater must be replaced.

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The tank is rusting. Replace anode rod or replace water heater.
Once the anode rod depletes, then the tank starts to rust.
IF you can replace the anode rod, it will stop rusting, and then flush the rust out of water heater.
This might buy more life with same tank, but old anode rods are pretty solid and even impact wrench might not loosen it up.
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Loosen anode rod on new tank before installing, and then inspect every 1-3 years, and 1-2 years if water is softened.
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I own a house with an electric GE hot water heater. 8ESOT12AA01 Serial # 090122 5750 I do not know how old the hot water heater is and advice about when it should be replaced. No leaks to date but I...


GE is made by Rheem, but the market is always changing. Rheem-based serial number shows tank was made in 1990.
Tank will last as long as anode rod(s) protects steel tank from rusting.
If your tank has two anode rods, then tanks lasts longer.
That's how companies determine if water heater is '6-year' or '12-year.'
I don't have manual for your product to say if you have 12 year tank. Side of tank might have information blurb besides mandatory label that shows serial number.
You can update your water heater by replacing anode rod(s) assuming they can be loosened and removed after this number of years, which is a big IF with old heaters. Your plumber might have impact wrench he uses to see if anode can come out.
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If the water heater is making gurgling rumbling and/or crackling sounds then tank has sediment build-up.
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AO Smith is biggest manufacturer and ships about 140,000 units per month sold under different brands. Look at rating on tank. Is it a 9 year tank? Or 6 year? Or lifetime?
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Number of factors can cause rust around element:

1) Element is seeping moisture: check and replace element.
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2) Anode rod can be depleted from variety of factors including water softener or calcification over anode so it will not work: Check and replace anode rod every 1-2 years with water softener, every 3-5 without water softener. New anode rod will STOP the rust, but will not repair tank that is rusted.
Tanks with longer warranties have 2 anode rods, one on hot water nipple, the other on top of tank.
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3) Stray current corrosion: add a jumper wire between hot and cold pipes, and make sure tank is grounded. If there is stray current, it will deplete steel in tank if tank is not grounded.
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