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July 01, 12:26 PM [GMT -5]

Look on the data plate of your water heater and get the company name. Do a web search for them and buy the anode from them. That way there is no chance you'll have removed the old anode and have a replacement that doesn't fit. I was able to buy mine through Amazon.com

July 01, 12:23 PM [GMT -5]

After reading this article I checked with my local Lowes and Home Depot and neither carried anodes. I searched my water heaters company site and bought 2 anodes for $40 (I have two water heaters).
I purchased an impact wrench because I was not getting anywhere with socket and cheater bar. Once removed I was amazed at how deteriorated the old anodes were. One had 3" of material left and the other about 12" remaining. These water heaters are about 8 years old.
Sure glad I read the article, probably saved my water heaters!

September 03, 11:17 AM [GMT -5]

rods are made of "magnesium, aluminum or aluminum/zinc alloy.": can I buy any of these as a replacement or do specific brands of hot water tanks demand a specific type of rod?

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