Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to replace the anode in my hot water system and how frequently should I replace the anode?

It is important to take care of and replace your anode frequently. If you fail to do so it will eventually reach the end of its useful life, resulting in rusty water running through your taps. We recommend that you replace the anode in your hot water system every 3-4 years.

Do you have my anode in stock?

In most cases, we will have the anode you need. Our catalogue is regularly updated and will show you when a particular anode is out of stock. Alternatively, if you can’t find the anode you need, our friendly team of customer service professionals is on hand to assist with any stock-related queries you might have.

What is an anode?

Sacrificial anodes are highly active metals that are used to prevent a less active material surface from corroding or rusting, for example, the anode in your hot water system prevents the water from becoming rusty.There are 3 different metals used in Anodes; Aluminium, Magnesium, and Zinc.

What’s the price?

The price of any anode will vary according to the type, model and metal used. Browse our shop today to find out the cost of each or simply get in touch with a member of our dedicated customer service team for further details.

Do I require a multi-flex anode?

Multi-flex rods are designed for specific use cases. Our range of multi-flexible are made for tanks installed without enough ceiling clearance, or positioned in hard-to-reach places.

Do I pick up my order or will you send it out to me?

We cater to both customers who prefer to have items delivered as well as those who prefer to visit our store. Simply, let us know your preference and we can arrange for swift, effortless service.

How do I get a quote?

If you are in need of a quote simply contact us with your needs and requirements and we’ll get back to you with the quote in question.

Will your anode fit my model hot water system?

Not necessarily every anode will fit the needs of your hot water system, however, we stock an extensive range of anodes and can help find you a solution to suit your specific needs.

Aluminium or magnesium?

The best solution for your model and application will vary with there being no hard and fast rule. Our team of technicians will help you navigate through all the intricate details so that you get the best anode for your specific requirements.

Do you have the multi-flexi anodes?

We stock Australia’s most comprehensive range of anode solutions, including multi-flexi rods. Browse our catalogue to find the right solution for your needs.

Do your anodes meet Australian Standards?

All of our anodes are manufactured and tested to comply with Australian Standards AS2239-2003.

Frequently asked questions

What is an anode?

Sacrificial anodes are highly active metals that are used to prevent a less active material surface from corroding or rusting, for example, the anode in your hot water system prevents the water from becoming rusty.There are 3 different metals used in Anodes; Aluminium, Magnesium, and Zinc.

Will your anode fit my model hot water system?

Not necessarily every anode will fit the needs of your hot water system, however, we stock an extensive range of anodes and can help find you a solution to suit your specific needs.

Why do I need to replace the anode in my hot water system and how frequently should I replace the anode?

It is important to take care of and replace your anode frequently. If you fail to do so it will eventually reach the end of its useful life, resulting in rusty water running through your taps. We recommend that you replace the anode in your hot water system every 3-4 years.

Do your anodes meet Australian Standards?

All of our anodes are manufactured and tested to comply with Australian Standards AS2239-2003.

What’s the price?

The price of any anode will vary according to the type, model and metal used. Browse our shop today to find out the cost of each or simply get in touch with a member of our dedicated customer service team for further details.

Do you have my anode in stock?

In most cases, we will have the anode you need. Our catalogue is regularly updated and will show you when a particular anode is out of stock. Alternatively, if you can’t find the anode you need, our friendly team of customer service professionals is on hand to assist with any stock-related queries you might have.

Aluminium or magnesium?

The best solution for your model and application will vary with there being no hard and fast rule. Our team of technicians will help navigate all the intricate details so that you get the best anode for your specific requirements.

Do you have the multi-flexi anodes?

We stock Australia’s most comprehensive range of anode solutions, including multi-flexi rods. Browse our catalogue to find the right solution for your needs.

Do I require a multi-flex anode?

Multi-flex rods are designed for specific use cases. Our range of multi-flexible are made for tanks installed with or without enough ceiling clearance, or positioned in hard-to-reach places.

Do I pick up my order or will you send it out to me?

We cater to both customers who prefer to have items delivered as well as those who prefer to visit our store. Simply, let us know your preference and we can arrange for swift, effortless service.

How do I get a quote?

If you are in need of a quote simply contact us with your needs and requirements and we’ll get back to you with the quote in question.

How do you replace an Anode

Learn how to change that anode and remind her why you deserve a man cave and much more

step one

Turn off the water

Make sure the water is turned off either at the unit or at the entrance of the property.

Lift the level of the hot water valve (cold water valve is located at the bottom of the hot water system) for its release. WARNING – If no water has been released the HWS is pressurised – this poses a problem for removing the anode – MUCH CARE IS NEEDED

step two

Undoing your anode

There are many models and types of HWS so check your manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding. Next, get to the top of the steel cylinder tank.

There is often an inspection point which allows you to move the insulation between the tank and covers away. Afterward, apply a long handle wrench with a 27mm socket on the end and turn anti-clockwise.

step three

Anode Removal

Once your anode is undone, pull it out by hand remembering it is hot. Make sure you have plenty of clearance room because the anode is the full length of the tank.

If you cannot pull the anode out in one movement, you may have to cut with a hacksaw making sure that you do not lose the rest of the anode to the bottom of the tank.

step four

Anode replacement

Once the old anode is out, replace it with a new anode. If you have had to cut the previous one, you will need a flexi or multi-flexi anode.

When installing a flexi or multi-flexi anode, ensure that the anode is all straight when replaced as this enhances proper working conditions. Tighten anode clockwise.

step five

Check security of Anode

Once your anode is properly tightened and secure, turn the water on and check the join between the anode and the anode socket to ensure that no water is leaking – this is of critical importance.

step six

Cover replacement

When the anode is properly replaced and there is no leaking, you can then replace the previously removed covers. Once this is done, make sure to note when the anode was changed for future reference.

Write this information down on the unit, sticker provided or in a notebook.

How do you replace an Anode

Learn how to change that anode and keep your house a home with hot water

step six

Cover replacement

When the anode is properly replaced and there is no leaking, you can then replace the previously removed covers. Once this is done, make sure to note when the anode was changed for future reference.

Write this information down on the unit, sticker provided or in a notebook.

step five

Check security of Anode

Once your anode is properly tightened and secure, turn the water on and check the join between the anode and the anode socket to ensure that no water is leaking – this is of critical importance.

step four

Anode replacement

Once the old anode is out, replace it with a new anode. If you have had to cut the previous one, you will need a flexi or multi-flexi anode.

When installing a flexi or multi-flexi anode, ensure that the anode is all straight when replaced as this enhances proper working conditions. Tighten anode clockwise.

step three

Anode Removal

Once your anode is undone, pull it out by hand remembering it is hot. Make sure you have plenty of clearance room because the anode is the full length of the tank.

If you cannot pull the anode out in one movement, you may have to cut with a hacksaw making sure that you do not lose the rest of the anode to the bottom of the tank.

step two

Undoing your anode

There are many models and types of HWS so check your manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding. Next, get to the top of the steel cylinder tank.

There is often an inspection point which allows you to move the insulation between the tank and covers away. Afterward, apply a long handle wrench with a 27mm socket on the end and turn anti-clockwise.

step one

Turn off the water

Make sure the water is turned off either at the unit or at the entrance of the property.

Lift the level of the hot water valve (cold water valve is located at the bottom of the hot water system) for its release. WARNING – If no water has been released the HWS is pressurised – this poses a problem for removing the anode – MUCH CARE IS NEEDED

Compatibility Chart

Magnesium

Anode type

Mutli Flexi & Flexi

aam300

Multi Flexi & Flexi

aam500

-

aam800

-

aam1200

Multi Flexi & Flexi

aam1500

Multi Flex

aam1700

Multi Flexi & Flexi

Electric heaters

Rheem
Dux
Vulcan
Wilson
18 lt
25 lt
50 lt
50 lt
50 lt
80 lt
80/125 lt
80 lt
160/250 lt
125/250 lt
160/250 lt
160/315 lt
315 lt
315 lt
400 lt
400 lt
400 lt
All heaters with horizontally inserted anodes

Gas heaters

Rheem
Dux
Vulcan “Hotshot”
Vulcan “Freeloader”
Beasley
90 lt
90 lt
90 lt
90 lt
135/200 lt + 260/290lt
135 lt
135 lt
120/145 lt
135/200 lt + 260/290lt
170lt
170lt
185lt
170lt

Gas heaters

Aluminium

aaa1500

aaa500

Equivalent
to above

aaa800

aaa1200

aaa1700

Multi Flexi & Flexi
MF
MF
MF&F
MF&F

Anode Model

aa1700
(Mag)

aam2100
(mag)

aam2100
(mag)en

aam1250

aaa1250
(alum)

aaa2100
(alum)en

Rheem
Solarhart
180 lt - L&J Series
300 lt F&K Series
with black ends
160/300 lt
180 lt
10 year anodes stocked
36mm Nut
43mm Nut

Solar Heaters EN = Extended Nut

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Backed by a wealth of experience and instant access to an extensive range of high-quality products, rest assured that our committed customer services team will be able to assist you with a solution that caters to your specific needs.

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