Re: Anode Rod Corroded
To find the age of the water heater, or the date it was manufactured, check the label on the water heater. If you can't de-code it, call Bradford White's customer service.
Plumbers buy water heater in bulk, to get a better price. It's entirely possible that the heater sat in the plumber's storage for a while.
Change the anode rod now, and see what happens to it in the near future. If nothing like what you described happens to it, there is a chance, though I don't want to believe it, that the plumber installed a used heater without telling you. I used to change a lot of heaters, and sometimes I came across a good used one that I kept for my rentals. but I would never install a used heater in a customer's house.
Another thing you can try is a whole house water filter system.
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