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Old 08-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #15
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If this is a sideway rotated view of the water heater (right side = down), the large plug at the bottom (center right on the photo) should be the anode.
Just unscrew it and a 6 to 8 inch metal rod attached to the plug is it. It should be as thick as your thumb. It is probably aluminum or zinc and designed to corrode prior to the water heater tank components corroding - as said above, a sacrifice and designed to corrode and be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #16
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As far as I know I dont have an electrical component for the hotwater heater. That bottom plug has teflon tape on the threads now...
Looking at your photos, you do not have an electric element. Your heater is gas only.
Also, since you don't have an element, you don't have a Anode Rod either as evidence by the square head plug at the bottom of the heater.
Also, looking at the back of the heater, you don't have any by-pass valves either as far as I can see.
Not sure what smell you have going on but my suggestion would be to remove the square head plug on the bottom of the heater to drain, flush the tank through the plug opening with a nozzle on the end of your garden hose to remove the sediment and install the plug.
Your friendly RV store like Camping world or others can supply you with the flushing nozzle. Be careful removing the plug if the tank has hot water. Open the tab on the over pressure relief valve at the top of the tank to allow it to drain.
Hope this helps,,,,,
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #17
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If this is a sideway rotated view of the water heater (right side = down), the large plug at the bottom (center right on the photo) should be the anode.
Just unscrew it and a 6 to 8 inch metal rod attached to the plug is it. It should be as thick as your thumb. It is probably aluminum or zinc and designed to corrode prior to the water heater tank components corroding - as said above, a sacrifice and designed to corrode and be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
Thanks! Ill take a look
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Not sure what to look for when searching for the rod... do I have one?
Sorry, on a second look, I see in the middle photo, you do have a by-pass located at the lower connection into the tank.
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It appears mine is just a plug..
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #20
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Before you flush out tank with new water use a water wand to flush out all residue on bottom of tank.
Put bleach in your empty water hose fill fresh water tank and pump bleach through all your water system, let set over night.
Drain all plumbing run through fresh water and flush again.
Some have found adding on next fill up white vinagar gets rid of bleach taste.
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I was told that the RV anti freeze will also stink if left in HWT . I would guess the heat activates it. I sanitize at least once a year. Using white vinegar is a good tip!
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Before you flush out tank with new water use a water wand to flush out all residue on bottom of tank.
Put bleach in your empty water hose fill fresh water tank and pump bleach through all your water system, let set over night.
Drain all plumbing run through fresh water and flush again.
Some have found adding on next fill up white vinagar gets rid of bleach taste.
Should I add bleach water mix in the fresh water tank and then pump? I know nothing about hw bypass or the winterizing primer. My mh was much easier. Haha
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After you have cleaned your hwt . Use about a 1/4 cup of bleach to about 25 gallons of water. Then pump solution thru all fresh water lines and hwt. Then let it set overnight, or at least a few hours. Then drain tank and hwt, add fresh water and pump it thru the system. I need to flush at least twice. A friend used the white vinegar and told me how well it worked. I need to get more info on amount used when I sanitize again. Maybe 007 will help with that.
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After you have cleaned your hwt . Use about a 1/4 cup of bleach to about 25 gallons of water. Then pump solution thru all fresh water lines and hwt. Then let it set overnight, or at least a few hours. Then drain tank and hwt, add fresh water and pump it thru the system. I need to flush at least twice. A friend used the white vinegar and told me how well it worked. I need to get more info on amount used when I sanitize again. Maybe 007 will help with that.
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I pulled the plug and there was nothing there... I will rinse thoroughly and bleach the entire system and them rinse rinse rinse.
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Thank you for the video's. Our tank doesn't smell and there is no funky tatse. But the MH is 31 years old and not sure if the previous owner ever did check it. I can't believe that there was someone that won't drink the water in a RV??? We drink ours, wash dishes and make coffee using the water from the MH and we get the water from our home garden hose ( we flush it out before using it). When we go to a CG we always use our filter.
The water @ the in-laws cabin in Northern Mn. is the smelliest water I have ever smelt. Its from the Taconite in the ground. PEEYOU
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Thank you for the video's. Our tank doesn't smell and there is no funky tatse. But the MH is 31 years old and not sure if the previous owner ever did check it. I can't believe that there was someone that won't drink the water in a RV??? We drink ours, wash dishes and make coffee using the water from the MH and we get the water from our home garden hose ( we flush it out before using it). When we go to a CG we always use our filter.
The water @ the in-laws cabin in Northern Mn. is the smelliest water I have ever smelt. Its from the Taconite in the ground. PEEYOU
If uve seen or smelled the stuff coming from our faucets i guarantee u wouldn't drink it. And im not sold that the antifreeze is that safe even after rinsing. Maybe ig my rig was brand new id drink from a filtered fridge unit.... maybe
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