Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-07-2015, 02:08 PM   #1
Member
 
poofam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chocowinity, nc
Posts: 91
How often to replace anode rod in WATER HEATER

I have a 20 gal residential water heater in a CC COTTAGE TT over a year old, how often should I replace anode we are full time ?
__________________

__________________
poofam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Kamloops,B.C. Canada
Posts: 156
When the anode rod is approx 3/4 worn. You will have to remove the anode rod to inspect.
__________________

__________________
2012 Palomino Ultralite T245
2004 F250 Supercab 5.4L
09 Grizzly 700 EPS
09grizzly1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 01:14 PM   #3
StepanFetchit
 
Rdeemat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Pahrump, NV
Posts: 30
When your water takes on a sulfur smell it's time to change the anode rod.
__________________
Rdeemat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 01:20 PM   #4
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rdeemat View Post
When your water takes on a sulfur smell it's time to change the anode rod.
Respectively that's not true.


This can happen if the hot water tank has not been flushed for some time.There is a bacteria that thrives in warm, dark, humid places and gives off a rotten egg smell (actually it's sulfur). It's not uncommon when a rig sits a while without being used.
To flush the tank, shut off the city water or water pump. On the bottom of the water heater will be a fairly large drain plug, some water heaters will have a anode rod that pulls out. You can then open the relief valve to speed things up. After it is drained you can turn the water supply back on and flush it out.. After this you can then shut off the hot water heater.

Dilute 1/4 cup of household bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in to a gallon of water.

Add the chlorine/water solution to the water tank. (Never pour straight bleach into the RV fresh water tank. )

One faucet at a time, let the chlorinated water run through them for one or two minutes. You should be able to smell the chlorine. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Top off the RV fresh water tank and let stand for at least three hours over night is better.

Completely drain the system by flushing the faucets for several minutes each. Open the fresh water tank drain valve to speed up emptying the tank.and Open the hot water tank drain plug and drain until it is empty.

Close all valves and faucets and drain plugs.

Fill water tank with fresh water.

Flush each faucet for several minutes each repeating until the tank is again empty. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Fill the tank again. The water should now be safe to drink but if the chlorine odor is too strong you can repeat the fresh water flush.

Also One of the chemicals they put in propane is Mercaptan,this is done to let you know of a possible propane leak, the smell is of rotten eggs. Normally you will have an LP detector and it will pick up on a propane leak and will sounds an alarm and cut the flow of the propane. The best way to find a LP leak is with a LP sniffer or by spraying down the lines with leak check, it will bubble if you have any leaks..

I would first drain the hot water heater and follow the directions above until the smell is gone you should at least be able to notice the difference.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "9 nights"
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 01:36 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
Respectively that's not true.


This can happen if the hot water tank has not been flushed for some time.There is a bacteria that thrives in warm, dark, humid places and gives off a rotten egg smell (actually it's sulfur). It's not uncommon when a rig sits a while without being used.
To flush the tank, shut off the city water or water pump. On the bottom of the water heater will be a fairly large drain plug, some water heaters will have a anode rod that pulls out. You can then open the relief valve to speed things up. After it is drained you can turn the water supply back on and flush it out.. After this you can then shut off the hot water heater.

Dilute 1/4 cup of household bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in to a gallon of water.

Add the chlorine/water solution to the water tank. (Never pour straight bleach into the RV fresh water tank. )

One faucet at a time, let the chlorinated water run through them for one or two minutes. You should be able to smell the chlorine. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Top off the RV fresh water tank and let stand for at least three hours over night is better.

Completely drain the system by flushing the faucets for several minutes each. Open the fresh water tank drain valve to speed up emptying the tank.and Open the hot water tank drain plug and drain until it is empty.

Close all valves and faucets and drain plugs.

Fill water tank with fresh water.

Flush each faucet for several minutes each repeating until the tank is again empty. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Fill the tank again. The water should now be safe to drink but if the chlorine odor is too strong you can repeat the fresh water flush.

Also One of the chemicals they put in propane is Mercaptan,this is done to let you know of a possible propane leak, the smell is of rotten eggs. Normally you will have an LP detector and it will pick up on a propane leak and will sounds an alarm and cut the flow of the propane. The best way to find a LP leak is with a LP sniffer or by spraying down the lines with leak check, it will bubble if you have any leaks..

I would first drain the hot water heater and follow the directions above until the smell is gone you should at least be able to notice the difference.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "9 nights"

One thing not mentioned is make sure water heater is cooled down before you start the draining process .
__________________
RRD1220 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 01:40 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
BamaBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Whereever our Berkshire is Parked!
Posts: 6,987
Quote:
Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
Respectively that's not true.


This can happen if the hot water tank has not been flushed for some time.There is a bacteria that thrives in warm, dark, humid places and gives off a rotten egg smell (actually it's sulfur). It's not uncommon when a rig sits a while without being used.
To flush the tank, shut off the city water or water pump. On the bottom of the water heater will be a fairly large drain plug, some water heaters will have a anode rod that pulls out. You can then open the relief valve to speed things up. After it is drained you can turn the water supply back on and flush it out.. After this you can then shut off the hot water heater.

Dilute 1/4 cup of household bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in to a gallon of water.

Add the chlorine/water solution to the water tank. (Never pour straight bleach into the RV fresh water tank. )

One faucet at a time, let the chlorinated water run through them for one or two minutes. You should be able to smell the chlorine. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Top off the RV fresh water tank and let stand for at least three hours over night is better.

Completely drain the system by flushing the faucets for several minutes each. Open the fresh water tank drain valve to speed up emptying the tank.and Open the hot water tank drain plug and drain until it is empty.

Close all valves and faucets and drain plugs.

Fill water tank with fresh water.

Flush each faucet for several minutes each repeating until the tank is again empty. (Make sure you are using the water pump and not an external water supply.)

Fill the tank again. The water should now be safe to drink but if the chlorine odor is too strong you can repeat the fresh water flush.

Also One of the chemicals they put in propane is Mercaptan,this is done to let you know of a possible propane leak, the smell is of rotten eggs. Normally you will have an LP detector and it will pick up on a propane leak and will sounds an alarm and cut the flow of the propane. The best way to find a LP leak is with a LP sniffer or by spraying down the lines with leak check, it will bubble if you have any leaks..

I would first drain the hot water heater and follow the directions above until the smell is gone you should at least be able to notice the difference.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "9 nights"
X2 what TURBS said - the only minor revision I would make is:
[this works best if 2 people do this step]
Use a large funnel and pour the bleach water in your drinking water hose.
(DW and I work the hose until completely filled, hook it to the spigot and let the hose set @ a hour)
Pour any leftover bleach water into your fresh water tank and continue with TURBS excellent instructions.
__________________
Bob & Anne-Marie [BamaBob & 6 Actual]
| 2017 Berkshire XLT 43A with Ultrasteer Tag | Blue Ox Avail + KarGard II |
| SMI AF-1 Air Brake | 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD | Pedego Bikes |
Nights Camped: 2013 - 242014 - 422015 - 56Jul 2016 - Fulltime
BamaBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Crockett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 833
not so sure about a "residential" rv water heater. but most residential water heaters have very large anodes made for the life of the waterheater. standard rv waterheaters need an annual inspection. I would consult the mfg for service interval on this one.
__________________
Crockett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 03:13 PM   #8
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Actually go by this.

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1435000422158.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	65.6 KB
ID:	80757

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "9 nights"
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 04:13 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Crockett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 833
if its a residential model and the anode goes in the top, then you may not even be able to remove it without removing the waterheater. the residentials Ive seen go in the top and run almost the entire height of the unit. so, if its installed in the top, id give it a couple years anyway...
__________________
Crockett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 04:17 PM   #10
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crockett View Post
if its a residential model and the anode goes in the top, then you may not even be able to remove it without removing the waterheater. the residentials Ive seen go in the top and run almost the entire height of the unit. so, if its installed in the top, id give it a couple years anyway...
Correct.

TURBS
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "9 nights"
__________________

__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
anode, heater, water, water heater

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47 AM.