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Old 12-03-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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We've had our surveyor for a couple of years, I've never drained the hot water heater. If I should is it the plug at the bottom. Thanks in advance for the help
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:08 PM   #2
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Well, that's where my hot water plug is, at the bottom. If water comes out when you remove the plug you're talking about...it is indeed, the hot water drain plug.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. That was it...never thought about draining it before. Got lucky I guess. Thanks again
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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Wow! You must live somewhere WARM!!

I think the annual draining is a good thing from a sediment perspective too; although you might not have much if you are filtering your water. Get "punk" water out of there too . . .
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Also, it is good to check the anode rod to make sure you have plenty left for the next season.
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What is punk water and anode rod? All I've ever done is drain the fresh tank and take the inline filter off the water line, learned the hard way on that one
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What is punk water and anode rod? All I've ever done is drain the fresh tank and take the inline filter off the water line, learned the hard way on that one
The anode rod is located on the back of the drain plug if you have a Suburban water heater. It is meant to deteriorate due to galvanic exchange to save the other metal parts of your water heater.

Here is a gently used one with plenty of life left:

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Not exactly sure what Bob was referring to as "punk" water, but it is good to flush all of the sediment out of the bottom of the tank yearly.
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Thanks, my plug had a black plastic rod on it but nothing like that
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Thanks, my plug had a black plastic rod on it but nothing like that
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A picture would be good.

If it is a Suburban water heater, I think it should have an anode rod.
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Thanks, my plug had a black plastic rod on it but nothing like that
Could it be because all but the center rod is used up?
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IMO, water goes "bad" after awhile. Certainly loses its fresh attributes. That's all I meant by punk water. And depending on where you've filled up, it can get stinky. We got a bad case of that from some water from a campground near Leech Lake MN. We couldn't believe how bad the water smelled after being in the trailer for 30 days. Had to flush the whole system and bleach it.
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