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Old 04-23-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Reinstalling anode rod

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I'm new to the RV world purchasing my 2012 2300 Sunseeker last Fall. I am de-winterizing and having trouble reinstalling the anode rod. Any pointers? Also, I'm a little scared not knowing for sure if the tank for the hot water is full before I try to heat it. I apparently didn't have the "blue line water" turned in the off position all winter. Any sure way to know the hot water heater is full before I try to heat it? Thank you for any help you can offer.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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First off do you have the correct size 1 and 1/16 inch socket?

Channel locks or vice grips will destroy your anode or damage your heater.

After you Teflon tape (or Teflon paste) your threads, install the anode so it is water tight.

Set your valves correctly for normal operation; not bypass.

Turn on the water and open the pressure relief valve. Air should start hissing out of the heater as it fills. When water comes out; close the pressure relief valve. Water should stop dripping. (If it leaks after it is reseated, you will need a new valve.)

Open the hot water faucets and let the water run till it is NOT PINK and stops spitting. Then you can turn on the heat.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Yes, I have the 1 1/16 socket. I'm using a little Black and Decker hand drill called the Swivel. Since the motorhome was barely used last year, I didn't reapply Teflon tape but will.
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Sorry, iPad default... Is the pressure relief valve in the same vicinity as the anode? Thank you for your quick response.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:13 AM   #5
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Yes, I have the 1 1/16 socket. I'm using a little Black and Decker hand drill called the Swivel. Since the motorhome was barely used last year, I didn't reapply Teflon tape but will.
If you don't put new teflon on every time (clean the old stuff off with a wire brush), the anode will leak regardless of "how much you used it."
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Its at the very top of heater . It hat a little lever just pull it to center to release.
herk undoubtedly has a pic to share!
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Sorry, iPad default... Is the pressure relief valve in the same vicinity as the anode? Thank you for your quick response.
Most are near the top of the boiler under the outside white cover. I don't have a photo of the Suburban water heater "on hand" (will be fixing that later today). Here is what the valve looks like.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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Thank you both so much. I'll let you know later how I made out. Have a great day!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:53 AM   #9
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If the trouble you are having is trying to get the anode set in the treads, you may want to try and angle it ever so slightly upwards. I had the same issue a couple of days ago.
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Yes the length of the rod and gravity tends to make the anode rod dip down some.
rugged is correct on this one!
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