If you have never changed the anode in your hot water tank, it might seem a little overwhelming. There are plenty of tutorials and videos on how to do it, but they usually don't go over the tools you may need.
Here's the tools I use. The links to Amazon are examples of the tools and not recommendations.
- To remove the anode, you need a 1-1/16’’ socket. There are 2 different styles. One is a regular socket that works with a socket wrench and the other has a hole where you insert a screwdriver to use as a lever to turn the socket. I have only used a socket so I can't speak to how well the other type works.
- Once the old anode is removed, you should clean out the water tank. As the anode breaks down, pieces of it sink to the bottom of the tank. There is a special hose attachment you can buy that fits into the water tank and flushed the junk out of the tank.
- Now you are ready to install the new anode. You should wrap the threads of the anode with PTFE teflon thread tape. Some anodes come with the threads already wrapped with thread tape and some anodes are packaged with thread tape. If neither is the case, buy a roll of tape.
- The anode can be difficult to install. If the threads appear to be rusted, you can clean the threads using a 3/4"-14 NPT Pipe Tap. Make sure you keep it lubed up when using. You will need to just go in a little way, then back it out and clean it before going further. You should feel a real hard stop when you have gone as far as you should. Don't force the tap beyond that. I used a 3/4" open end wrench to turn the tap.
Flush the tank out again before installing the anode. https://www.amazon.com/Drill-America...ustrial&sr=1-1
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A slightly used anode, socket for removing anode, hose extension for flushing hot water tank, pipe tap for cleaning threads, teflon tape, a new anode