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Old 07-25-2015, 08:12 AM   #1
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We're just returned from our first outing in our fun finder and I'm still going over all the basics. One being draining the water heater, just because I don't know that it has been done in a long time and I want to check the annode. Reading the manual is no help re: draining but I conclude the the actual drain is the annode. Am I correct here? I am also off to Home Depot for a 1 1/16" socket as there looks to be no room to use any type wrench.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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Yup ... the anode is also the drain plug and it takes a large socket; 1 1/16" sounds about right.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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Open the hot water faucet inside the trailer to de-pressurize before you unscrew the anode. Otherwise it can shoot out, damage a nearby parked car, and spray you with water. Please don't ask me how I discovered these facts.
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Thanks guys, hope I remember to open a faucet and I have something to turn the huge socket with, don't think my 1/4 inch rachet will do.
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And you need some pipe goop or Teflon tape to put it back in.
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City, thanks for the reminder -- I am just getting ready to service my anode and had forgotten about the teflon paste!!
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:41 AM   #7
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1/4" ratchet won't get it you'll need 1/2" with extension.
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Old 07-29-2015, 10:08 AM   #8
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I open the pressure relief valve at top of tank and the water comes out nice and even and no pressure on anode when removed.
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Roy, I never tried that valve, but that makes sense!! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:49 PM   #10
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The job is done, the old anode looked pretty rough. I also opened the pressure relief along with the faucets and it all ran out freely. Now I'll be 48 lbs. lighter when I take off for next trip.
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I completely drain the fresh water tank and the water heater after every trip as I usually travel with some water to flush the stool when traveling, if needed.
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Thanks folks, I'm new to the TT and so glad to have ya'll as knowledgable resources.
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And...don't forget to refill the hot water tank before you turn on your water heater the next time you use it. Just like profdant139 said, just don't ask me how I know....
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