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Model #AP12938

0.625 in. Diameter x 42 in. Long Aluminum Anode Rod for Water Heaters

  • Compatible with most Water Heater brands
  • Provides defense against corrosion in water heater
  • Do-It-Yourself easy installation
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Product Overview

Anode rods are the most important line of defense in preventing corrosion and leaks in your water heater. These devices work because the metal in the rod is sacrificed so the tank does not corrode. As the anode works, the life of the water heater is increased. The anode should be checked and replaced every couple of years. This Rheem PROTECH is 3/4 in. NPT x 42 in.
  • Fits most brands: Rheem, Ruud, Richmond, GE, State, Kenmore, Bradford White, AO Smith, American, Craftmaster, Lochinvar, Reliance, GS Wood, Mor-Flo and Whirlpool
  • Helps prolong the life of your water heater (sold separately)
  • Aluminum construction
  • 3/4 in. NPT fitting
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Helps eliminate water odor
  • 42 Inches long
  • Call 1-800-432-8373 to ensure this is the correct part for your water heater
  • Can be cut to length to fit various water heater sizes
  • California residents see Prop 65 WARNINGS
  • Call 1-855-400-2552 before noon for same-day installation service in most areas, or visit our Water Heater Installation page for more information.

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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)
.75
Product Height (in.)
42
Product Width (in.)
.75

Details

Compatible Brand/Model
Various Rheem Electric and Gas Tank Water Heaters
Finish Family
Silver Metallic
Material
Aluminum
Pack Size
1
Product Weight (lb.)
2.6
Returnable
180-Day

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty

Questions & Answers

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Where is the anode rod located?

Asked by JR January 17, 2020
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Under the plastic cap on the top. Then you need a 1 1/16 socket and probably a breaker bar as the rod is usually in pretty good.

how do you change the anode rod on the rheem 50 gallon gas water heater

Asked by oliver November 26, 2018
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You remove the old one with a socket and breaker bar after using penetrating oil and time (Overnight), to help loosen the nut. Then install a new one with the same socket and breaker bar after putting Teflon tape on the threads. Do NOT overtighten!

what is the wrench sise needed and pipe` thread size

Asked by billy August 17, 2015
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You will need a 1 1/16" socket like the others have said and to get the old one out, i used a standard breaker bar. All you need is enough leverage, do not go crazy. If you do not have a breaker bar, use a long piece of pipe over the socket wrench handle and just lean into it a bit. Do not forget to dope up the threads putting it back in. If you have obstacles on top, maneuver it into the hole first and then dope it up before you drop it in place. The head of the rod may hot something else up top. Mine was a bit tricky to maneuver between other pipes, the exhaust for the water heater and rafters.

Will this rod solve the rotten egg smell in the hot water?

Asked by DIYgirl April 4, 2017
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No, Try an active anode. One which must be plugged in to generate a charge in the tank that "May" solve this problem. And will also help with corrosion much more than a standard type anode rod. BUT, it depends upon the root cause of the problem.

How often do you replace them?

Asked by Bry March 19, 2018
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It needs to be replaced between 12 and 18 month depending on the water in your area.

Can this be cut if too long? ....also, is it OK if it touches bottom of tank? thanks

Asked by LarryAndSue January 23, 2020
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Just cut it with a hacksaw. No it should not touch the bottom of the tank because you will not know when you have snugged it down.

Where do the Anodes Rods come from

Asked by cass January 14, 2016
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See instructions at the link below on how to do it. http://www.rheem.com/docs/FetchDocument.aspx?ID=aedbbc95-9a6b-4780-aa23-b0ed9abe41cd

Does this piece prevent the rotten fishy egg smell?

Asked by Mush March 1, 2017
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Maybe but that smell is sulpher in the water

I have a Rheem 50 gallon hot water heater model number 71-52D B and want to purchase a new Anode Rod. Need new.

Asked by Mike August 9, 2018
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Gets rid of rotten egg smell from water heater. Had to use electric impact to get the old one loose to get out. Works fine.

I don't have the overhead space needed for a full length anode rod. Can I safely cut this to abo...

Asked by Gramps February 13, 2017
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You should get a segmented rod which has a flexible cable running down the inside which allows it to be bent at the joints where there is insufficient overhead clearance.

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Rod fit perfectly, and being slightly smaller in diameter than other options I saw, was easier to...
Rod fit perfectly, and being slightly smaller in diameter than other options I saw, was easier to maniuplate into the water the water heater (limited headroom). I think it will be easier to remove as well. I knocked off 1 star as one of the units (I replaced rods in 2 WH's) had slightly damaged threads, making starting of the reinstallation a bit difficult. I had to dress the treads with a small file. No biggie, but added a couple mins to the install. Just for grins... check out the photos of the original rods I pulled out. These are from tanks installed only 3 years old, using 'city' water (e.g. professionally managed water supply). Yuk! If you're considering replacing your rods... do it. I used an electric impact gun to remove... much easier than large cheater bars. Good luck.
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This product was easy to install and solved my issue with the eater heater
This product was easy to install and solved my issue with the eater heater
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Followed recommendation to remove with an impact and it made...
Followed recommendation to remove with an impact and it made a huge difference
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Easy. Got rid of smell...
Easy. Got rid of smell
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Well, it's kind of hard to rate a product that is designed to self-destruct! However, I just inst...
Well, it's kind of hard to rate a product that is designed to self-destruct! However, I just installed it today. The installation went quickly and without any issues at all. Extraction of the old one and replacement of the new one took about 15 minutes. On removing the old Anode Rod, I found it to be covered with a heavy calcium deposit and the most of the rod had been eaten away. This was the original rod in the water heater from 2005 so I would say that for it to last for 15 years was pretty good. I will watch this new one more closely on an annual basis when I drain the water heater each Spring.
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Arrived in a timely fashion. It matched the one...
Arrived in a timely fashion. It matched the one it replaced. No issues.
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I didn't use this product yet that I ordered, but I brought a flexible one at the Home Depot that...
I didn't use this product yet that I ordered, but I brought a flexible one at the Home Depot that was in Stock because I didn't want to wait for the order . Replacement was easy and didn't that long and now my hot water heater is working making hot clear water again. Oh, to remove it my take two people one to hold the tank the other to use a ratchet with a bar for extra leverage to brake the nut or you can use a air or electric impact gun with about 500lbs of torque for easy removal of the nut , but I tighten the nut by hand without major torque so not over tighten. Take the rod out with a impact gun, but put the rod in just use a standard ratchet for hand tightening.
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I didn't know how long my old anode rod was, so I ordered the 42" one. I had to cut about 12" off...
I didn't know how long my old anode rod was, so I ordered the 42" one. I had to cut about 12" off and it worked properly.
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