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Old 07-11-2018, 04:24 PM   #21
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Just a curious question.

I wonder how many people put this much effort into their home electric water heaters?
I will flush mine every few years - when I think about it But that is a natural gas unit. Still get some crude out of it, since the drain is at the bottom.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:16 PM   #22
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Can anyone tell me if my 2014 Hurricane would have an Atwood water heater and if it does or doesnít have an anode? I canít find this information anywhere in my manuals or paperwork. Sometimes it seems to be taking a lot longer for the water heater to light when on gas. I donít keep water heated all the time since I mostly dry camp and I donít use the electric setting.
All of the Atwood heaters that I have encountered have had a plastic drain plug. The tanks are made from aluminum and do not use a sacrificial anode.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:36 PM   #23
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Just a curious question.

I wonder how many people put this much effort into their home electric water heaters?
I never did. But now the new ones are glass lined.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:32 AM   #24
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Pull the drain plug of the heater. I would think most water heaters use use a drain plug anode combo. Post a pic of the water heater also.
I have pulled out the plug several times to drain and flush the water heater tank. There isnít anything attached to it. (I have tried to attach photos on here but without success)
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:33 AM   #25
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I have pulled out the plug several times to drain and flush the water heater tank. There isnít anything attached to it. (I have tried to attach photos on here but without success)
I just looked at the outside panel of the water heater and it is an Atwood.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:09 PM   #26
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If you are not waiting till the anode rod looks like the used one in this photo, you are wasting money. They usually last 3 years or more.


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Old 07-15-2018, 06:23 PM   #27
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Longevity is dependent upon where you rv at and how much hot water used. I'll guarantee you won't get more than 1 year in either Texas or Arizona.

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Old 07-16-2018, 03:22 AM   #28
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If you are not waiting till the anode rod looks like the used one in this photo, you are wasting money. They usually last 3 years or more.


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I replaced mine like pictured in the first post. One time it was worse. The longer you let it go to the condition you linked, the bottom of the water heater will have a TON of debris in the bottom of it. I pulled it once like you had pictured and I think I spent an hour flushing it out getting all of the crap sitting in the bottom of the water heater. To me it is a lot easier to replace a $12 part a couple of times a year at most vs replacing heater elements or even the water heater after a couple of years. I fulltime in my unit and use hot water everyday.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:27 AM   #29
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I replaced mine like pictured in the first post. One time it was worse. The longer you let it go to the condition you linked, the bottom of the water heater will have a TON of debris in the bottom of it. I pulled it once like you had pictured and I think I spent an hour flushing it out getting all of the crap sitting in the bottom of the water heater. To me it is a lot easier to replace a $12 part a couple of times a year at most vs replacing heater elements or even the water heater after a couple of years. I fulltime in my unit and use hot water everyday.
X2 I do ours every 6 months. But we do spend most of the year in areas with very hard water.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:01 AM   #30
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X2 I do ours every 6 months. But we do spend most of the year in areas with very hard water.
I have been replacing ours every 6 months also.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:13 AM   #31
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If you are not waiting till the anode rod looks like the used one in this photo, you are wasting money. They usually last 3 years or more.


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The anode in that picture is well past it's protection point. About half way and they should be replaced.
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