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Can the anode in a water heater be replaced?

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The anode rod in a water heater can be replaced. The anode is a rod made of metal that corrodes over time Replacing the anode can extend the life of the water heater.

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Anode rods are typically installed on the top of the hot water heater or on a pipe on the side of the tank. The anode extends into the hot water heater and can be removed for replacement. When corrosion occurs inside a hot water heater, the anode rod corrodes before the liner of the tank. Replacing a corroded anode tube prevents the liner of the hot water heater from corroding.

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