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Old 11-18-2015, 03:53 PM   #11
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If it's only worn at the base, then it's still got a lot of life left.




Thanks for the education! I didn't know that! I thought it eroded equally across the length. Saved me some $!


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Old 11-18-2015, 11:27 PM   #12
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I've noticed my last 6 or so trips that my hot water pressure isn't great especially in the shower (not a full spray and a lot of dribble)
I got to wonder if all the debris I got out of the tank may have been hindering the outflow?
You might find some crud inside the shower tubing and behind (or inside) the spray head. I did - on a new unit! Some construction debris worked its way right up to the end. I wonder how much didn't.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:04 AM   #13
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I assume that piece is the cold water inlet pipe that deposits the cold water at the bottom of the tank so you can draw hot water from the top. With that missing, you'll get immediate mixing of cold and hot so the water you draw won't be as hot as it should be. I had the same issue with my home water heater and symptom was lukewarm "hot" water.

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Pulled my anode rod to winterize today and got this black tube flowing out. Looks like a small amount of pipe dope on the broken part, hope it does not affect hot water operation next month.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:48 AM   #14
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You might find some crud inside the shower tubing and behind (or inside) the spray head. I did - on a new unit! Some construction debris worked its way right up to the end. I wonder how much didn't.

That's a good point!
When I removed the small screen bowl on the water pump to complete draining my system I found a small Plastic zip tie
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:49 AM   #15
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I've noticed my last 6 or so trips that my hot water pressure isn't great especially in the shower (not a full spray and a lot of dribble)
I got to wonder if all the debris I got out of the tank may have been hindering the outflow?
I am guessing you may need to take the shower head apart and clean it,,, or replace it ??? Probably should also check faucet screens !!!
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Depending on the time yours was built it may not have an Anode rod. We used a suburban water heater that did have one but switched at some point to an Atwood aluminum tank water heater eliminating the need for an anode rod.
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Good News, your home water has the same crud. And an anode. Your home water could use the same service. Just say'in.


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Good News, your home water has the same crud. And an anode. Your home water could use the same service. Just say'in.


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Right On Garrette,,,
But it is a lot easier to drain RV WH,,,
than the 40 gal. WH that is in our basement !!!

I have see the time I tried to drain old house WHs & there was sooo much crud in them,,, it would plug up the drain value !!!
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Caution! Watch your step calling this (White Stuff) CRUD! I got for using that Term! Youroo!!
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Right On Garrette,,,
But it is a lot easier to drain RV WH,,,
than the 40 gal. WH that is in our basement !!!

I have see the time I tried to drain old house WHs & there was sooo much crud in them,,, it would plug up the drain value !!!

You do have a point I just connect a hose and run it out the back door. At least check anode. That is the life of a water heater.
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