Signs Your Water Heater Anode Rod Needs Replacing

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water heater corroded anode rod Pasadena, CA

One of the most interesting parts of your tank-style water heater is the anode rod – also known as the ‘sacrificial anode.’ Although relatively small and unassuming compared to other components, this rod extends the appliance’s life by attracting corrosive elements in the water to itself instead of the tank.

While anode rods can generally last 3 to 5 years, various environmental factors may cause them to break down sooner. Read on as our technicians at LeadingEdge Plumbing & Rooter highlight the signs that your anode rod is up for replacement:

Rust-Colored Water

A dead giveaway of a deteriorated anode rod is if you notice a reddish-brown tint in your hot water. It’s best to have professional water heater services inspect your system to verify the issue and replace the rod.

Unusual Odor

A “rotten egg” smell is likely caused by water reacting with the corroded anode rod, often made of magnesium or aluminum. While this does not pose a threat, it is unpleasant and can be rectified with a simple anode rod replacement.

A Rattling or Popping Noise

This can be caused by the anode rod shifting in the tank and is typically a sign that it has degraded or broken apart. To prevent further damage leading to extensive water heater repair in Pasadena, CA, have your local plumber inspect and replace it as soon as possible.

LeadingEdge Plumbing & Rooter can take care of all your water heater needs. From water heater installation and maintenance to simple and complex repairs, we can help you keep your water tank running smoothly. Contact us today for an appointment.

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