Rheem 80 Gallon Water Heater

slackkeymike

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Model 81V80D

You can’t buy these anymore (thanks to some obscure language in the Affordable Care Act, If i recall). Anyways. This one in our house never saw heavy use. The other one did and it failed recently. I want to try and extend its life by once again replacing the heating elements and most importantly the sacrificial anode. First, can I do this? Second, does anybody know it’s location? There are several plastic plugs on top. I’d really like to do this. Help appreciated.
 
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Jake

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Hi,

Yes Mike, you can do that.

This video shows you how:

[video=youtube_share;wzecqGyCllU]https://youtu.be/wzecqGyCllU[/video]

Jake
 

slackkeymike

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Jake, thanks. Since it is working fine, seems a good way to possible extend its life. I wish I had known about this before. I have limited clearance, so I will have to cut it as it comes out. Carbide blade and die grinder should do it. and, I am buying one of those segmented anodes.
 

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Sounds good Mike, let us know how it goes when you get to it.

Jake
 
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