Removing Blower to Change Anode on A.O. Smith Powershot 50 100
I ordered a new aluminum anode for my 8 year old A.O. Smith Powershot 50 100 and hoped to change it yesterday. I unscrewed the 4 screws on top attaching the blower unit to the heater, removed the two clamps on the rubber transition that connects the exhaust of the blower unit (2" diameter) to a 3" white PVC tube that goes up (see pic). Attachment 19024
After doing this, however, there was insufficient space to lift the blower unit over the top of the water heater because the PVC tube was fixed and in the way; it's cemented to an elbow which goes into the ceiling and there is no wiggle room. There is also a metal bracket on top of the hole in the heater. See second pic. Attachment 19023
A friend (not a plumber) suggested I temporarily remove a 3" cross-section of the PVC tube, which will free up some room. Then I would buy a 3" to 3" rubber seal to reconnect the PVC tube when I'm done.
Looking for the forum's suggestions on how else to proceed. Have you encountered this situation where there is no room to remove the blower? Thank you in advance.
good luck with all of this
just my 2c worth of advice here.....
if the heater is a power vent and it is 8 years old and it is
an a.o.smith,,, I might suggest that you leave it alone and
let it live out the rest of its life in peace......
There is no guarantee that after you work your ass off and
cut everything out of the way that you will actually be able to
remove that anode rod from the heater........
I have attempted to remove anode rods from much newer heaters
only to give up in disgrace and humilation.and utter defeat.:eek::(:(..
you better have a HUGE-- HEAVY DUTY-- socket and a HUGE cheater bar
to get that nut to budje out of the heater.... Also you better
have someone holding the heater in place to be sure it does not move
when you attempt to remove that nut.....
the socket wrench we have for this job we have nick-named THOR
if you actully complete this mission and win, there is still no guarantee
that your power vent water heater will spring back to life after you have
beat around on it for an hour or two.....
leave sleeping dogs lie....