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Old 04-21-2018, 05:39 PM   #1
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Water heater ... I think it's dead, Jim

FR 394FKDS, parked at a campground in Central IL. Finally got the water turned on since it's above freezing. Fortunately I had the sense to get all of the water run thru the rest of the camper before undoing the water heater bypass. Crawled under the sink and thought "I don't remember the water heater being tilted last year".

We drained the entire system, including removing the plugs from the hot water line and making sure the water heater was totally empty. Should also have been no antifreeze in it. What would have caused it to pop and jump like that? It also broke the hold-down straps.

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FR 394FKDS, parked at a campground in Central IL. Finally got the water turned on since it's above freezing. Fortunately I had the sense to get all of the water run thru the rest of the camper before undoing the water heater bypass. Crawled under the sink and thought "I don't remember the water heater being tilted last year".

We drained the entire system, including removing the plugs from the hot water line and making sure the water heater was totally empty. Should also have been no antifreeze in it. What would have caused it to pop and jump like that? It also broke the hold-down straps.

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Me thinks you didn't get it drained. From the rust I see it's time to replace it anyway.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:30 PM   #3
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Yep, looks like it still had water in it and it froze and swelled up.
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Well, rats. Thanks for the confirmation. I swear we emptied it all the way ...
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:33 PM   #5
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when I drain mine I leave the plug out.
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when I drain mine I leave the plug out.
Id put the plug back in if I were you. You don't want a mouse crawling in there and building a nest over the winter.
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Id put the plug back in if I were you. You don't want a mouse crawling in there and building a nest over the winter.
I remove the outside vent cover and line with tin foil. No bug access. Same for the fridge vent cover.
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when I drain mine I leave the plug out.
Since this is a "Estate Type Unit" I would venture to say that it has a Valve not a Plug for draining the Tank! The valve they use is a Cheap screwdriver slot type that is very easy to Clog with Crap,thus Not Draining all the Way! Youroo!!
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Since this is a "Estate Type Unit" i would venture to say that it has a Valve not a Plug for draining the Tank! The valve they use is a Cheap screwdriver slot type that is very easy to Clog with Crap,thus Not Draining all the Way! Youroo!!
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