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Old 10-10-2015, 08:06 PM   #1
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I am winterizing my camper. I pull out the heating element, and this is what it looks like. Is this normal? It's a 2015 Palimino Puma 295bhss. I bought it last August. I used it twice last year and all this summer. Hot water heater was used, but not alot. Mainly used on propane. Even when I don't heat the water I still circulate it everyday the camper is in use, so it doesn't sit. I can't see a heating element only lasting one year.
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And it was never turned on without water being in it. Thanks
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That looks like an anode rod and they only last about a year or two, cheap/easy to replace.
Amazon. Few weeks ago I checked and mine was eroded down to the center wire. Replaced and bought a spare.
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This is not the heating element it is the water Anode which takes out water impurities. They need replacing every so often. One should drain the Hot water heater when not in use to prolong the life of the element.
Yours looks like its time to replace. Later RJD
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Thanks, that makes sense....heating element would have wires attached. Could it be my water wearing it out faster? Or that's just normal wear. I only fill up at my house using well water.
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Is this normal?

You should be able to get another year or two out of that. When the whole rod looks like the part by the plug then you need to replace it. If you google anode rod you will get diagrams that show the ware rate and when you should replace it.
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This is not the heating element it is the water Anode which takes out water impurities. They need replacing every so often. One should drain the Hot water heater when not in use to prolong the life of the element.
Yours looks like its time to replace. Later RJD
The sole purpose of an anode rod is to protect the water heater tank it does nothing to or for the water.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...+anode+rods+do
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Thanks, that makes sense....heating element would have wires attached. Could it be my water wearing it out faster? Or that's just normal wear. I only fill up at my house using well water.
It reacts to the mineral content in the water to save the lining of the steel water tank. Well water likely has a high mineral content. Try a few more months, and order replacement in the mean time.
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http://www.lets-getaway.com/images/AnodeRod.jpg. This is the diagram I have seen for ware
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The sole purpose of an anode rod is to protect the water heater tank it does nothing to or for the water.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...+anode+rods+do
Sorry but that is the purpose just like on boats. It takes out impurities. DA Later RJD
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