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I have a Rheem Power Vent 2 41vrp50n water heater. it says there are 2 rods on the label. where these 2 rods located and how to access them for replacement?

There are 2 plastic cover on the top of the heater. I assume that there are 2 hex rod under them. But after remove the cover, I poked the seal with a screw driver and can't feel anything solid down there (around 2-3 inch deep). So I am not sure that these are hex rods under?

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Look on u tube it shows you how to replace them

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