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Old 06-23-2018, 07:09 PM   #1
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drain water heater

Do you recommend draining the water heater if I'm not going to use my trailer for a couple months?
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:11 PM   #2
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I would bypass and drain the whole system.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:07 PM   #3
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If it is good city water, a few weeks would be fine. But well water, as soon as I get home.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:36 PM   #4
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this just got to me! i drain the water heater when i have the trailer in storage. i do that by taking the anode rod / drain plug out. but i think i just realized that i could do the same thing, plus more, by taking the caps off the low point drains. probably need to open a faucet or two. if i were to do that would i drain the water heater plus the plumbing lines? that would be much easier than fiddling with that anode rod plug. would this approach drain the water heater as well as opening the anode rod / drain plug?
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The only problem with that is, any calsium from the anode and the tank will get in your water lines and,when you put water to it again, you stand the chance of getting it in your faucets and toilet valve. I do it that way but its your choice!
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:46 PM   #6
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Draining the water heater via the low point drains sucks the crud in the bottom of the tank back into the plumbing where some will remain and be redistributed into the plumbing on repressurization. The crud will block up the toilet valve screen and the faucet aerators.

Best to bypass and drain via the plug or anode if draining.
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