According to Sears and instructions on the heater you cannot apply any heat to the cold side as it uses a plastic swirl tube on the cold water side to keep build up from occurring in the tank. I don't think it can have a swirl tube and anode rod in the same cold side location.
Thanks Farrell , I was hoping for a definitive answer for this unit. Although Sears does not seem to know either. Is it poosible that this unit does not have one in it ?
There are (3) plastic covers around the perimeter of the cover about 1 inch from the side of the heater. Cleared the foam insulation away but no anode !
Is the anode rod something new the last 10-15 years ? Hard to think that Kenmore would not include one if this was standard item for some time.
I had viewed the drawings and parts list previously and spoke to Sears part Direct. Never had this symptom before and seems most logical.
Guess if no one knows for sure I will keep trying to find our for certain.
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OK thanks for your help.