Poor access to replace water heater anode
The water heater is installed in a closet area with a low ceiling, so there is no room to remove the old anode without disconnecting the entire water heater and tipping it out.
This sounds like such a big job that I am probably just better off leaving it as is and waiting for the water heater to fail before messing with it. I might as well just buy a new water heater at the same if I'm paying that much labor to replace a $20 anode. The existing anode might still be fine since I don't notice any water problems. I only wanted to replace the anode since the water heater is getting close to 10 years old and I thought replacing the anode periodically was a regular maintenance item.
When I do replace the water heater, are there any with either lifetime anodes that never need to be replaced or anodes that have a different way to remove the anode other than out of the top so this issue doesn't come up again?