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Posted: 04/28/10 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh yea . . . . check the plug on your hot water heater. Replace it if it looks corroded. I don't know why, but they put these cheap plastic plugs in the hot water heater and they fail after 2 or 3 years.

Mine was so bad I had to take it out in pieces. Then I screwed up the tank's pipe threads and had to use a tap. This would be a good time to flush out the hot water tank.


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Firedude,

Thanks for the pointers. Fellow fireguy here. I appreciate the effort you put out for fellow RV folks. I will check my water heater today =)

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Great Stuff, thx...-Mike

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What a wealth of helpful information. I copied and pasted fireguy's Maintenance Reminder and added in many of the other contributions. We now have some great guidelines thanks to you all. We are newbie full timers and need all the help we can get.

Thanks!!
Glen & Sue


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On the subject of water heater wear and tear: does anyone turn the water heater off when not in use? Ours seems to heat very quickly. Corrosion is a chemical reaction, which goes faster at a higher temperature. I don't have a textbook to look up the q10 of rusting, but if it were 2: 140 F - 70 f= 70 degree hotter. 70 / 1.8 = 40 C.So 2 to the fourth power is 16. corrosion goes 16 times faster if heater on. If water heater on 4 hours/day, it would corrode about 5/24 as fast as 24h/d. plus less heat to fight w ac if used.

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speaking of wh, mine has a metal plug I assume is an anode. Can't break it loose. Really don't want to mess the threads up But want to get it out and clean up the heater. Any suggestions?


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Thanks for the to do list. We're still newbies at full timing in our 5er. We will be leaving Yuma in a couple of weeks for the coast. I'll be sure to go over the points mentioned before we head out. Thanks for taking the time to post. Cheers


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Great list and info..., were going full time in about a month and continue working for six more years before we hit the road


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