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Old 04-05-2019, 09:44 AM   #15
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I drain and flush the tank a couple of times a year. I have a flush tool that attaches to the hose and I just flush out through the anode hole. Use lots of water and be sure to angle the tool up so it hits the heater element. You will knock lots of crud off the element and that also makes the heater work better. Before I started full timing I left the rod out over the winter.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:53 AM   #16
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If there is no water there is nothing else to do. I drain after every trip, and flush it out several times a year. Leaving just a little water wont' hurt anything. There's no need to fill it with antifreeze.


A pipe tap to clean the threads is cheap and a good idea. Just don't ever turn it in so it's trying to cut new threads.


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How do you fill the water heater with Vinegar? Also, would it be advisable to put heat to the vinegar, (power up the heater) let it set for a day to loosen up deposits then flush?

Atwood actually has a 'vinegar soak' procedure
Drain tank..install plug
Remove T&P Relief Valve
Using a funnel pour 4 gallons vinegar to 2 gallons water into tank thru T&P Opening
Reinstall T&P
Turn it on electric or propane and let it heat up the solution.
Let it heat/cool heat 4-5 times
(let it run over night)
Then turn it off....relieve pressure and drain flush


I prefer a 'power flush'
With drain plug removed turn water supply on full and BLAST the crud out
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Thank you for that! Now don’t laugh, what is the T&P?
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Thank you for that! Now donít laugh, what is the T&P?

T&P Relief Valve


Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve just like the one on your Residential Water Heater


OPENS at 210*F/150 PSI if t-stats fail
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We just use the water pump winterizing hose to siphon out a few of gallons of vinegar into the hot water tank and then fill up the rest of the way with fresh, verified by the T&P valve being opened until overfill starts. Once that's done, we'll just run the water heater for 24 hours, drain and flush and we're all set for the season. Amazing the amount of crud that is removed with the vinegar method and the tank is super clean afterwards.
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