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WHAT SIZE SOCKET NEEDED TO REMOVE ANODE ROD?

What size socket is required to remove anode rod from GE electric water heater model SE40M12AAh?

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Hello EDAN I believe it is 1 1/16" socket.I had 1/2" drive & extention bar as it very TIGHT & hard to turn the rod nut.

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The anode rod on a hot water heater is usually located on the top. There's usually what looks like a bolt head that you can undo with a wrench to remove the rod. It will be directly on the hot water heater and won't be part of the water lines running in.
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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.
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The anode is located under the power vent.
Remove power vent to gain access.
Otherwise, remove Hot water nipple and install combo anode rod. If odor is the reason for replacement, then installing a combo without removing the old anode will not solve odor problem until old anode completely dissolves over time.
Copy following link for specific information and illustrations, including odor elimination using hydrogen peroxide.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

For easy access next time, you can remove old anode and plug hole, and then install combo rod.
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Where is the anode rod located on the rheem 81VP20s


Anodes are located on top of water heater.
There are no hard fast rules for location, either by model number or brand.
Most times the manual is likewise vague.
1) There is hex head visible on top of tank.
2) Hex head is located under a plastic cover
3) Hex head is located under metal top, so remove screws holding top, and lift top off to view hex head
4) Anode is connected to hot water nipple.
5) With 9-12-15-and lifetime tanks, you can have 2 anode rods, and each has to be made of same material to work properly. Usually magnesium-aluminum instead of aluminum.
But if you inspect and change anodes frequently to prolong life of tank, then one is as good as the next.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Open following links shows Rheem anode rods
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Tech resistor anode rod has resistor added to prolong life of anode.
You can cut rod off to fit size of tank. You want anode 5-6" from tank bottom so sediment build-up doesn't reach anode.
Anodes are standard 1-1/16" hex head.
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Hot water has strong organic odor noticeable at all outlets but mostly, of course, at shower head.


It sounds like you need to replace the anode rod on your water heater. They come from the factory with a magnezium rod to slow down electrolytic deteiroation. With the odor you are getting you probably have a high sulphur content,,I think the proper terminology is suspended sulfides,I guess it doesn't matter what you call it it stinks. You can replace the magneziun anode rod with one made out of aluminum to help with this problem. Hope this helps you. Thanks. P.S. anode rod is screwed into the top of the water heater and has a hex head so you can use a box end wrench or socket to remove and reinstall. You can also use hack saw to cut rod to lenght needed to fit. Thank you.

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How do I Remove Magnesium Anode ?


The following page has instructions and a link to a video:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

How to:
Rods are installed in top of tank.
Most are located under a 2" round plastic cover located on top of tank.
Some anode rods are connected to hot water nipple
Read owner's manual to see location of anode rod
See list of water heater manufacturers and brands to find product manual.
Before starting, turn off heater source: electric water heater: turn off circuit breaker; gas water heater move control knob to pilot.
Close shutoff valve on cold water side of water heater
Open bathtub faucet to relieve pressure and let air into water line.
Open drain valve near bottom of tank,, and drain 2 gallons of water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

Use 1-1/16" socket for hex head rod
Rod will be rusted in place, use generous amount WD-40
WD-40 spray is flammable and will burn so be careful around heat source.
Loosening rod: go slow and check that water does not seep up when loosening rod because hot water can spew out hole if tank is very hot ... it is important to drain enough water out of tank to avoid accidental scalding.

Install new anode rod: One source says/ use pipe compound on thread instead of teflon tape. Other sources say use teflon tape. Either way, tank metal and anode metal must meet, so rod will work.

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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.

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Annual maintenance for Rheem water heaters calls for removing and checking the anode rod. After some searching I found a 6-point 1-1/16 socket, but I can't turn the anode rod. Applying more leverage...


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.

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