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54 in. by 0.84 in. Diameter Flexible Magnesium Anode Rod for Electric and Gas Water Heaters

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  • Protects Water Heater from Corrosion and Leaks
  • 4 sections for flexible installation
  • 3/4 inch NPT fitting
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Product Details

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 4 section Rheem PROTECH anode is 3/4 in. NPT X 54 in.
  • Fits many brands of water heaters (sold separately)
  • Helps prolong the life of your water heater (sold separately)
  • Patented resistored technology help increase the life of the tank and elements
  • Magnesium construction
  • 3/4 in. NPT fitting
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • 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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Q:What length rod fits Rheem Water Heater XE50M09EL55U1?
by|Nov 21, 2022
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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.

by|Nov 22, 2022
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    Q:Is there any way this "rod" can be further segmented to allow for a vertical clearance of 10"? Perhaps the segments could be cut in half if the cable goes continuously thru the magnesium segments. TIA
    by|Nov 21, 2022
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    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

    by|Nov 22, 2022

      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.

      by|Nov 21, 2022
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        Q:Will it eliminate odor problem
        by|Oct 30, 2022
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        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.

        by|Nov 1, 2022

          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).

          by|Nov 3, 2022

            A:  Hi Rhickey and thank you for your question. For technical issues, please call the number on your unit or in your user manual.

            by|Oct 31, 2022
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              Q:I have a Reem model sg50t12avgoo. Will this rod fit?
              by|Oct 6, 2022
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              A:  Hi Jccs and thank you for your question. Yes it will.

              by|Oct 7, 2022
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                Exactly correct replacement Anode Rod for my Rheem water heater. The flexibility of the segments ...
                Exactly correct replacement Anode Rod for my Rheem water heater. The flexibility of the segments allowed for installation as my water heater is under the staircase to the basement. It was "folded up" for shipment so a little careful straightening of the joints with pliers was necessary so it would hang vertical in the tank. The fastener is a 1-1/6" hex head, and takes a LOT of torque to get the OEM part loose. Leave as much water in the tank as possible for stabilizing weight. I was twisting my 80-gallon tank with about 78 gallons in it, without breaking free the OEM rod. With some creative rachet-straps to hold the tank in place and I stepped up to a 3/4" square-drive socket (with a cheater pipe on the handle), it finally broke free. One of the new high-torque impact drivers may be the way to go! I added 6 wraps of teflon tape to the new Anode's threads for easier replacement next time.
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                Easy Replacement - Don't Wait Too Long!
                Our new home came with a Rheem 50 gal water heater. It failed at 4 years, which seemed unusual. Rheem took care of us, so no complaints there! Being a long-time forensics expert, I just had to take that water heater apart to see what happened. The anode "rod" was gone but for a few pieces of thin wire. Not good. The new heater, like most, recommends checking the anode rod every year and replacing it if 6" or more of the rod has dissolved from either end of the anode - good advice. On the two year anniversary of the new heater installation, I pulled out this anode. Definitely time for replacement. Replaced with this magnesium unit which made installation a breeze. Using my new Makita brushless impact wrench made removal a one minute job. The photo shows the two year old rod alongside a segment of the new rod (the new rod was long, as is often the case). Check the anode on a regular schedule, use the right tools, and you will not only extend the life of the water heater, but will find it a painless process.
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                  When you pay $200 more for a higher end water heater, it usually just comes with 1 more anode rod...
                  When you pay $200 more for a higher end water heater, it usually just comes with 1 more anode rod. If you change yours out after a few years, it's basically the same thing; you'll add a few more years to its life. The hard part is changing it out. professionals use a huge impact driver, not the typical impact one you use to screw in deck screws. I had to use a long cheater bar and an impact and it still took me 30 minutes to get it out. Remember to drain your tank, shut off the pilot, water, etc and good luck.
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                  Easy to cut to length and install.
                  Easy to cut to length and install.
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                  Very good! Easy install and a bargain! I had to cut the old rod into 3 sections for removal.It w...
                  Very good! Easy install and a bargain! I had to cut the old rod into 3 sections for removal.It was NINE years old. I had 18" of ceiling clearance in my basement.
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                  We have well water and using an aluminum anode rod...
                  We have well water and using an aluminum anode rod causes our hot water to have air in its system. This rod is magnesium and doesn’t last as long as aluminum but solves our air issue. It’s super easy to install in tight spaces as well since it’s in small sections.
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                  A Must do!
                  This needs to be Changed out every three year.
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                  Arrived quickly. Heavy gauge wire between anode sections gives confidence....
                  Arrived quickly. Heavy gauge wire between anode sections gives confidence. Very easy to install. Hint: use an impact wrench to remove old anode rod; successful after trying 2’ breaker bar. Oh…and 5 year old anode had almost no material left!
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