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Old 10-04-2021, 08:34 AM   #1
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Atwood HW heater access

I have a 1999 PA vision with Atwood 6 gal. HW heater. When the HW is being used I think I hear a dripping noise in the HW encloser in the bedroom closet but no other time. Does that make any sense?
How do I get into that area and what type of connections would I expect?

I can't find any water anywhere but may not be looking in the right areas?

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Update

I was able to locate the access panel and discovered no leak so yeah!!

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Where is the access panel, I have the same motor home as yours.
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On mine there is a diverter/by pass valve that comes out of a panel in the closet. That panel has 4 screws holding it to a square frame. You have to take the nut off the by pass valve and then remove the handle to the valve. It will push through the panel. The threaded piece that the nut goes on is attached to the valve. Remove the panel gently. The valve is free floating and is only held by the valve to the panel. Then you have access to the back of the hot water heater. nazoomer
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Did you discover/ID source of 'dripping noise'?
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I did not but no water anywhere so i am satisfied. I guess it could have been expansion and contraction noise?
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I did not but no water anywhere so i am satisfied. I guess it could have been expansion and contraction noise?
Atwood Aluminum Tank should not be going thru much contraction/expansion when using hot water
(140*F in use...drops to 110*F then reheat cycle occurs)

Could be the check valve in Hot outlet nipple making noise when using Hot water
They are cheap plastic junk ....plasitc plunger/spring/O-ring assembly Scale/calcium build up---valve can chatter when water flows thru it
And then they fail------diminshed flow/no flow
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