The anode rod gets rusted plus corroded within a few months, how do I know? The smell of rotten eggs is what happens when it no longer works.
I have hard water or also known as well water. It is really terrible plus contains a lot of sediment, and due to this I deal with plumbing issues all the time. The water stains anything it touches. I couldn’t have a colorless shower because it would be an orangy brown within a few days, however all our shower controls are a brassy color due to this. The sediment absolutely clogs then drains plus stops water flow from the shower head plus faucet. One thing that I constantly have to remove is the sink aerator. That is to restrict the steam of water. The aerator gets clogged with sediment within a month of use. I don’t even bother replacing it anymore. The hard water stains our toilet yellow plus causes rust on everything. The worst is our bad water heater. There is a part called an anode rod. It is supposed to stop sediment from getting into the water. That is so I can use it for drinking plus safely cleaning myself. Well I have such terrible water that it isn’t possible. The anode rod gets rusted plus corroded within a few months, how do I know? The smell of rotten eggs is what happens when it no longer works. My hubby then has to rip out the rod, dump bleach down our drains plus flush it out of the pipes. Then we have a better working water heater. Athae disadvantage of this is that the water gas furnace then is no longer covered under warranty. There is nothing a plumber could do for us anyway though.