A: Hi SueO and thank you for your question. The correct part is AP11526T-2 Description: Anode Rod - 0.900 in. diameter x 39-3/8 in. long - Magnesium.
A: Looking a the the close up picture of how the cable connects the rods, it crimps to a stud on each end, so it looks like the cable does not continuously run through, you wouldn't be able to cut the rods into smaller pieces as far as I could tell
A: Hi JimBob and thank you for your question. You can cut the rod, but it would shorten the life of the rod. There is no set "time" / life expectancy of an anode rod.
A: I did not have an odor in the water before i used it and while using it I did not have an oder. However, after a few weeks of using the anode rod, my hot water would spew water and air from the s hit water faucets for s few seconds. After replacing this anode rod, the air in the hot water line stopped. Also, after removing this anode rod, for 8 months use, the rod was corroded and partially gone, which is what supposed to happen. I'm mentioning this because you will have to change out this rod every 12-18 months.
A: No. Rheem anodes are made of magnesium, the most effective sacrificial metal for cathodic protection of the tank, to prevent leaks. Replacement anodes to deal with hydrogen sulfide (HS, rotten egg smell) are made of zinc plus aluminum. Or, there are electrically-powered anodes to kill the bacteria that lead to HS production. I don't know what effect these non-magnesium anodes will have on cathodic protection (tank life).
A: Hi Rhickey and thank you for your question. For technical issues, please call the number on your unit or in your user manual.
A: Hi Jccs and thank you for your question. Yes it will.