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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know a lot about your hot water system beyond the brand, technology type and energy source – and many don’t even know that much! But that’s ok, because if you select a product with a good reputation and great warranty, and one that is perfectly matched with your home and lifestyle, it’s one of the more ‘install and forget’ appliances you’ll ever come across. But there is one component you really should know a little something about: the hot water system anode.

The what? The full description is sacrificial anode rod, and while simple, it’s one part that does a lot of heavy lifting. The number 1 reason storage tank hot water systems fail is because of tank corrosion – and the number 1 reason they terminally corrode is because the anode rod needed replacing.

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