Frequently Asked Questions About Corrosion Guard - Powered Anode Rod
This section answers all of your questions about Corrosion Guard Powered Anode Rods. These are also known as ICCP systems or impressed current anodes. Can't seem to find the right answer? Please contact us!
Powered anode rod FAQ
Yes, if you have a water softener, it is highly recommended that you install an impressed current anode (ICCP). The water softener generally makes the water more aggressive to the tanks, reducing the life of your hot water tank substantially and creating a more favourable environment for the growth of Sulfur Bacteria, which causes the rotten egg smell in hot water. The Corrosion Guard Powered anode rod will adjust automatically to provide the best Corrosion protection.
It can form if the anode is too close to the tank walls and the current flows too fast between the anode rod and the tank. Corrosion Guard Powered anodes, unlike other anodes, are designed to prevent this type of reaction. In fact, the white plastic part of the anode prevents this type of reaction from happening, it also ensures that the anode is properly placed in the tank.
Yes, even if the powered anode is shorter, it will manage to protect the complete tank. The only difference is that sacrificial anodes and powered anodes works differently. Powered anodes have a higher current output since its being imposed with the current rather than relying on natural electrolysis. The Corrosion Guard is designed to last for atleast 20 years.
When left unscrewed for months and even years, some anode rods can basically "weld" itself to place due to either limescale or corrosion residue. Best way to remove an old anode rod from a water heater, is to use a impact wrench or a breaker bar.
Unlike sacrificial anodes (traditional anode rod, usually magensium), powered anode rods uses a current rectifier to impose a current troughout the anode and into the tank walls. Thereby preventing corrosion and removing any sulfur (rotten egg) smell.
Powered anode rods doesn't require any maintenence like sacrificial anode rods do. Usually you need to change your anode rod every year, but with a powered anode you only have to change it every 20 years.
So if you want to protect your water heater and stop rotten egg smell at the same time, then you are probably at the right place.
Yes you can! There is a guide included in your Corrosion Guard package. If you feel uncertain on how to do it, we recommend that you contact a plumbing proffesional.
One major contributor when experiencing a bad smell from your well water or water heater is usually your factory placed magnesium anode rod. The anode rod produces hydrogen sulfide as a result of protecting your tank. This can cause your water to smell like rotten eggs. This is a very common problem! By installing and removing your old anode rod, you can eliminate this problem.
In order to remove any rotten egg smell caused by the decay of the fabric installed anode rod we would suggest that you use a Powered anode rod. This will not only protect the water heater, it will also eliminate the sulphur odor in less that 24 hours.
Yes you can! Although we do recommend that you install your powered anode rod the first 5 years of using your water heater in order to maximize efficiency.
Some fiberglass tanks require corrosion protection to protect some of the metal parts. The simple answer is, if your tank has an magnesium anode, you can install a powered anode rod.
Corrosion Guard is a universal anode rod that adapts to any type of steel or stainless steel hot water tanks. Just choose your manufacturer on the product page!