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Posted: 11/22/20 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just pull/tape the wires because I’m already there when I drain the water. I’m not saying it is the only way, but it does work.


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Posted: 11/23/20 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jimh425 wrote:

I just pull/tape the wires because I’m already there when I drain the water. I’m not saying it is the only way, but it does work.


That sounds like a Suburban where element is accessible from outside compartment

Atwood....not so much
Element in backside and access can be slim to none


This model year Atwood moved the element to front (outside compartment) but on the 6 gal standard and the XT 9 gal models
But at least it's a start!
Now all major components are in outside compartment


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Well, I don’t wash and wax the inside of my hot water tank, like some folks do apparently, but if one is so inclined, after draining, blow out the lines again. On mine at least, it would push out considerably more water that wouldn’t gravity drain.


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Don't do what I did,...twice.
If you have used your fresh water holding tank,....at all,.....be sure to drain it of course, but also, run the water pump, until dry. This gets the water out of the line between the fresh water tank and the water pump. Otherwise the one-way valve (usually plastic) will crack when frozen. That turns it into a leaky two way valve. Not good.

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Posted: 11/27/20 07:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

any ideas how I can get the anode/drain plug out? I always took it out until last winter when I couldnt budge it, Its 16 yrs old and ive replaced the rod many times. I and hesitant to really crank on it fo fear of breaking something. Winter is coming up again and id liek to drain it this year if I Can.


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