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Old 11-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Waterheater drain?

I began the winterizing process yesterday and when I went to drain the water heater, looked for a drain plug. The only means of draining my tank seems to be removing the electric heating rod. It is the the lowest opening on the tank that I can find. Only problem is that it is behind the gas heater thingy and won't come out but about an inch. The water drains but very slowly. Am I missing something?
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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It will be fine that way. If the rod is a add on they probably took the propane connection loose to get it in
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Most water heaters have an anode rod that can be removed to drain the tank. The anode rod needs to be inspected from time to time to see if it needs replacing, so you kill two birds with one stone!
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #4
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Open the pressure relief valve and it will drain quicker.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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Most water heaters have an anode rod that can be removed to drain the tank.
Not really true - only the Suburban brand of water heater has an anode rod and they are decidedly in the minority of RV water heaters. Atwoods don't use an anode rod because they use a different tank metal.


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The only means of draining my tank seems to be removing the electric heating rod.
You apparently have an aftermarket electric heating conversion. Those insert a electric heat element in the drain opening. It would be best to remove the gas tube so that the water would gush out of the tank and so you could stick a hose in their to flush the accumulated salts out, but if you aren't prepared to do that, it's not a major concern. If you see signs of white granular stuff coming out, refill the tank with water and drain again, trying to get as much of the crud out as you can.
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[QUOTE=Gary RVRoamer;1378504]Not really true - only the Suburban brand of water heater has an anode rod and they are decidedly in the minority of RV water heaters. Atwoods don't use an anode rod because they use a different tank metal.



My mistake! I should know at my age what happens when you "assume" something! Thanks for correcting me Gary!
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Open the pressure relief valve and it will drain quicker.

X 2!
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[QUOTE=Gary RVRoamer;1378504]Not really true - only the Suburban brand of water heater has an anode rod and they are decidedly in the minority of RV water heaters. Atwoods don't use an anode rod because they use a different tank metal.



Hey Gary, just curious. I just looked at Camping World for a new anode rod for my Suburban water heater and they showed anode rods for Suburban AND Atwood. What's the deal there?
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