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Old 04-12-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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Water heater.

I was just wondering if it is good to drain the water heater after every trip? Also should you open up the kitchen faucet so the water can drain back or will that just cause a bunch of air to get in the lines?

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Old 04-12-2016, 07:32 PM   #2
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If I won't be using mine for more than 2 weeks I drain it. I don't want stale water in the WH with the potential for something to start growing!

It doesn't hurt to open the hot water faucet to drain the WH. The air will come out the next time you start running the water.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yes, yes, yes! Otherwise you get smelly hot water!


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Old 04-13-2016, 11:02 PM   #4
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Do you pull the plug/anode to drain the heater?
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:05 AM   #5
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Do you pull the plug/anode to drain the heater?
Yes but make double sure your switch to the hot water heater is off, otherwise you will burn it out in just a few seconds...your water heater is not that much different than your house hot water tank...do you drain it whenever you go on vacation and won't be around for a week or two???
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If I won't be using mine for more than 2 weeks I drain it. I don't want stale water in the WH with the potential for something to start growing!
X2 - takes but a few minutes.
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I've never drained mine, and I've never had smelly water. Maybe I've been lucking, I don't know.
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Yes but make double sure your switch to the hot water heater is off, otherwise you will burn it out in just a few seconds...your water heater is not that much different than your house hot water tank...do you drain it whenever you go on vacation and won't be around for a week or two???


No, but my household water heater also stays on 24/7 365 .
Also my household water heater ALWAYS has the same supply water.

I drain my water heater if going to be longer then 2 weeks.
Relive any water pressure, open pressure relief valve and remove plug.
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When you remove the anode rod from your water heater to drain it, replace it with a universal anode rod with drain valve. It makes draining quick and easy. Camping World stocks them.


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When you remove the anode rod from your water heater to drain it, replace it with a universal anode rod with drain valve. It makes draining quick and easy. Camping World stocks them.


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