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My Reliance 606 electric water heater (2007) is leaking from the plastic collar around the anode rod on top of the unit. I've noticed some rust in the water when I tested the pressure relief valve.

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Anode might be leaking ... or water heater is rusted out:
Following link has troubleshoot walk-thru:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

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SOURCE: where is the anode rod in a 606 electric reliance

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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SOURCE: how to replace anode in Reliance 6402ORS

Anode can be connected to, and part of hot water nipple.
This is called combo anode rod.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Anode-top-of-heater-600.jpg

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.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Flame-trap-inspection.jpg

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.

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WHERE IS THE ANODE ROD ON A 606 RELIANCE HEATER


It is the 1" or 11/8" hex nut on the top of the water heater some where near the supply line. As for the anode rod it could be either magnesium or aluminum 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 type of water.

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HOW TO REMOVE ANODR ROD FRO 606 RELIANCE


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 magnesium or aluminum 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. To remove you need to turn off the electric, shut the water supply and drain off some of the water so it wont overflow, then it simply unscrews. Use teflon tape or sealer on the thread before installing the new one, then turn everything back on and purge the air from the system by opening a faucet.

Sep 23, 2014 | Reliance 606 Series 40 Gallon Electric...

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Why is there a bad odor from my 19.9 gallon reliance electric hot water heater


Anode rod?
Replace anode rod, or remove anode rod, and clean tank with hydrogen peroxide (not bleach)
Anode will keep tank from rusting.
Cut new anode rod to correct length using hack saw.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-under-counter-water-heater.html

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How to replace anode in Reliance 6402ORS


Anode can be connected to, and part of hot water nipple.
This is called combo anode rod.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Anode-top-of-heater-600.jpg

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.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Flame-trap-inspection.jpg

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.

Nov 29, 2012 | Reliance Water Heaters

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Water is leaking from the pipe on the top of the tank (Reliance 606 electric) where the hot water comes out and goes into the house. Likely causes?


If tank is rusted out, then that is caused by depleted anode rod, or tank that is not electrically grounded on hot side pipe.
If pipe nipple is rusted out, then that can be caused by improper connection between copper and galvanized pipes, and caused by non-grounded hot water pipes.

If tank is leaking, replace it.
If nipple is leaking, remove with pipe wrench, apply teflon tape or joint compound on threads, and install new nipple. Replace anode rod if possible. Correct copper-galvanized connections. Add ground wire between hot and cold pipes.

http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Aug 25, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance 501 electric water heater ... Everything works great but below the water out. Be rusty? How can I fix it?


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.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#flush

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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Jun 08, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Where is the anode rod in a 606 electric reliance hot water heater--is it magneesium or aluminum


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.

Feb 05, 2011 | Reliance & 50gal Electric Water Heater

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We have a reliance 606 50 gallon electric water heater. recently we noticed it has an internal leak. I removed the top and removed some of the insulation. the pipe fittings are dry but when you put water...


I wrote a page on leaking water heaters.
With a checklist.
It sounds like you've done quite a bit already.
The element can leak around the gasket.
The TP valve can leak where it screws into side of tank.
Otherwise a leak on side of tank sounds like the tank is rusted through and needs to be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

You should turn off electricity and water to the tank, and open tub valve on hot side to relieve pressure so the tank will not rupture.
Then you can limp along with a failed water heater by turning the water and electricity on only when hot water is needed.
This will buy you time until a new heater is installed.
A typical electric water heater produces 21 gallons of hot water per hour.
A shower uses 6-9 gallon of hot water, so heater only needs to be turned on 20-30 minutes for a shower, more if the incoming water is very cold.

To economize with your next heater, you might read the following two pages:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Nov 08, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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We have a Reliance 501 (40 gallon) natural gas water heater Model 5 40 NORT0 Serial F94799798. Does it have a glass liner?


Your Reliance serial number shows your water heater was made in July 1994.

Except for the Marathon water heaters, and copper-tank water heaters, all tank-type water heaters are made of steel. That steel has an enamel coating which people call a glass liner.

So in that sense, there is a glass liner.
See a photo of the liner:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Enamel-coated-steel-290.jpg

Also inside the tank is an anode rode.
The anode is made to protect the steel tank.
Anode is made from lower noble metal than steel, so water reacts with the lower noble metal first.
The water eats away the anode rod instead of rusting the tank.
Once the anode rod is gone, the water begins rusting the tank.
The enamel coating does not protect the steel from rusting.
The tank rusts away and begins to leak.
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047047,00.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

Nov 01, 2010 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

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Does the 501 ahve an anode rod. If so, how do I replace it


Every water heater has an anode rod.

Reliant manuals

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om.html
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
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047047,00.html

Oct 23, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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