Quick guide on how to replace the anode rod in your hot water heater..
If you’re not much of a handyman you can of course ask a plumber to help out. However they will charge $100 for labour (give or take) – it really is a simple job on most brands of hot water systems and once you know what you’re doing it takes 5 minutes.
Here are the steps you need;
- Turn off the power/gas and water
- Drain some of the hot water using the drain valve on the side of your hot water system
- Take off the top covers using your Philips head screw driver to get to the top of the tank.
- Cut away some of the insulating foam if need be to get access to the top of the tank.
- Then use a 27mm socket (for majority of units) and a “breaker bar” – which just means a really long wrench to give you some leverage. Or you can put some piping or similar over your standard wrench to make it easier.
- Unscrew the old anode and discard
- Put some Teflon tape around the new anode thread and screw in securely.
- Replace covers and turn on power/water/gas