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Posted: 01/22/22 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Every RVer needs one of these for water heater maintenance


Another option is to just use 5' of cheap clear plastic hose. With water heater full, pump off, open a faucet to bleed off pressure. This leaves the water heater full, but zero pressure.

Remove the anode/drain plug, insert one end of the hose, suck on the other end to start a siphon. Move the tank end around to "vacuum" the bottom of the tank. Since the hose is clear, easy to tell if you have all the sediment out. If really bad, may have to turn on pump, refill and repeat.


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In addition to in-line water filters, we always use a small, 8k water softener (good for about 500 gal of use before needing recharging). It significantly reduces calcium/hardwater deposits in our hw heater and faucets, along with providing soft water everywhere we go.

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The anode is to protect your water heater. Magnesium will eat up much faster and likely gives more protection. That's what I use. As an aside, when was the last time you either drained your HOME water heater or checked the anode? I have one house with a water heater that is about 35 years old, and it still does not leak. I drain and winterize this house every year.

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fj12ryder wrote:

Dusty R wrote:

I remove the anode rod and never had a problem.
You may not have had a problem, but it's not a good idea to recommend it to anyone. Sometimes it's a good idea to stick to what the manufacturer recommends, they actually have reasons on occasion. [emoticon]


I'm in full agreement. Anode rods aren't expensive and they're much cheaper than replacing a corroded hot water heater. If the anode is being sacrificed quickly, that justifies the need for it even more.


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