Question about RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
The "sacrificial rod" is actually there to prevent the heating elements from being eaten away. by electrolysis. If the deposits in the bottom of the tank are simply from sediment from your water, the tank may be fine. You won't know though until you get the tank drained and inspect the elements. The drain valve screws in just like any other piece of pipe if that helps you get it drained, or a piece of wire through the valve may work but you might damage the rubber washer in the valve. Once drained, and the element removed, inspect the element. There should not be any fissures in the element if you have an otherwise healthy tank. visible blowout usually means the rod has failed.
The presence of heavy deposits indicates hard water, which results in shortened tank life.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
Hi..my name is Keith...you can try to blow air into the drain valve to unclog the debris and see if it will drain..but if it has that much debris i think i would replace the hot water heater..also it has a sacrificial rod inside of it..and if it is melted away then the water will eat at your heaters liner and will eventually eat a hole in it...i hope this has helped
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
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