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    Default Replacement Anode for AO Smith

    This site is great. Wish I'd read about AO Smith reputation before installing one.... oh well. Model is GPSH 50 200. Hot water smells (like sulpher). No smell on cold water. I soften my well water. Mfr date is 7/2005. Installed late 2005. I have read recommendations on this site to leave anode alone, but feel I have to replace or add a second rod. Is it correct that original rod is not under either the water inlet or outlet? There was mention on this site of a sectional rod offered by AO Smith that installs below hot water outlet line. Can someone provide a part number or a link to the part? Expert guidance will be much appreciated.

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    Look for a hex nut on the top of the heater...it will be attatched to it...you will need an impact gun or a long breaker bar and socket to remove the old one...they sell new ones at Home D and plumbing supply houses...

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    Default Thank you Cass

    Much appreciated..... will do this weekend.

    Again, I really appreciate this site.

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    I'm having the same issue, and wondered if this worked for you or was it a dead end?

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    If you have an odor problem use an aluminum rod, not magnesium.

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    I still cannot understand why they posted "Wish I'd read about AO Smith reputation before installing one.... oh well."...They are inline with all other tanks if installed correctly...They work like all others and all need some maintance time to time.

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