When it comes to the heated water coming into the home, many Californians often pay no mind to the machines making it until something breaks down. Your hot water heater is a vital part of the comfort for the home. One part of the unit, discussed in last week’s blog, is the anode rod. This relatively inexpensive part provides the vital function of protecting your tank from rust and corrosion. All Star Plumbing & Rooter specializes in Los Angeles water heater repair and installation services. Our staff of trained experts has the equipment and know-how to supply you with any assistance that is required for your home’s gas or electric water heater. With a focus on customer satisfaction, we’re confident we can exceed your high expectations!


Anode rods come in a few different styles for consumers to choose from. Today, we’ll look at these options and the ups and downs of each. If you’re in need of professional water heater maintenance, make sure to reach out to the professionals!




Known as the mainstay of the anode world, this rod type has been in use for decades. The main selling point for aluminum anodes is their low cost and wide availability. Aluminum is also a strong choice for areas that have hard water. Typically, we discourage using aluminum for a number of reasons. When releasing sacrificial anodes, this rod will actually increase the levels of sediment found at the bottom of your tank. Grime build up and material expansion also work in tandem to make this rod a common source of frustration when it comes time for replacement. Most of all, though, is the health risks associated with drinking aluminum. An increasing number of studies are being released that link aluminum exposure to higher rates of Alzheimer’s and arthritis. In all, this type is very commonly used due to its cost-effectiveness and length of service.




This reactive metal provides better protection against rust over its aluminum counterpart. In fact, magnesium is quickly becoming the go-to for anode rods for hot water heaters. One major advantage is the believed health benefits of consuming magnesium, meaning that people who drink water contaminated with it may actually receive a boost to their overall health. Compared to aluminum, this is a much-preferred option. However, this option does not last as long due to its higher current and chemical reactivity. Odors can also be a concern for homeowners as well. If there is bacteria in your water, the reaction from magnesium can result in a rotten egg smell. Finally, the price for magnesium is higher, leading to a poor economic outcome for the thrifty consumer.


Based on your water’s characteristics, the option of which anode material to utilize may not exceed one choice. However, it is important to be informed and confident when choosing which anode rod to install in order to keep your water tank in working condition. Next week, we’ll cover the remaining rod choices and which ones will work best. If you are looking for help with your Los Angeles home’s water heater, we can help! All Star helps at all stages, from water heater installation to removal. Questions? Contact us now!