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Old 06-05-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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Noob water heater question 2014 233s

Really noob question but how do I determine if I've got water in my water heater to use it? Been reading you don't want to run the heater w/o water because it can fry the anode, but how do I know there's water in there to begin with? Also, just want to verify that if I want to use the hot water, the bypass needs to be turned perpendicular to the line, while hot & cold are turned to be "parallel" to their respective lines? Or should the bypass valve be turned parallel to the line as well? Thanks.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:23 AM   #2
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open hot water tap on sink and run until all air is out make sure your bypass valve is off or perpendicular and the other two valves parallel. and you should be good to go.
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So if I turn on the hot water tap and water comes out (regardless of temp), I know I've got water in the heater, and I would just flip my water heater switch and hot water will eventually come out if working correctly? Sorry, like I said, straight up noob to trailers. I've only had this for a week and at my pdi, the tech went over this stuff but I'm just now having some free time to play with the trailer.
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yes once you bleed out all the air it is full and ready to turn on . Should only take about 1/2 to 1 hour to heat up completely on propane.
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Nope.
The only true way is to open the relief valve on the water heater.
The bypass valve handle has been known to turn but the actual valve inside doesn't.


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Turning on the hot water Tap may be a false indication that there's water in the tank.
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I open this while filling tank to bleed air and make sure it's full.

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Turning on the hot water Tap may be a false indication that there's water in the tank.
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I open this while filling tank to bleed air and make sure it's full.

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Old 06-05-2014, 07:38 AM   #9
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It is possible to have water at (Hot?) outlets while the (Tank is empty! It is possible to have (Water) in the (Tank) but NO flow thru the tank! A empty tank will not hurt the (Anode)! The (Bypass Valves) must be oriented correctly for proper Flow. There are many Pics. in Search of this! Youroo!!
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You're on the right track. The bypass must be shut.
(handle cross ways with the line)
It's remotely possible the handle might break and
you turn it and the valve does not shut.

If the bypess valve happens to be open- it lets
water bypass the (empty?) WH tank and you will
still get water out of the "hot" faucet but the tank
might be empty.....
The only TRUE way to know the WH has water
is to pull the handle on the "pop off valve".

ME-- in spring when I'm un-winterizing, I turn the
bypass valve off and open the other one.
Some trailers actually have 1 or 2 or 3 winterizing
valves! (It's not magic- they use check valves
in various configurations to get it done.)
Once I have the valves in summer mode- I
connect to city water (or fill the fresh tank and
turn on the water pump) and open the hot
faucet at the kitchen sink and let the air out.
If you do this and get some pink antifreeze and then
lots and lots of air then finally water- you know
the HW tank has filled.

I hate to pull the pop off valve handle because they
have been known to drip after doing that.
Others say you should pull it every so often to be
sure it's not stuck.....

Finally- I usually remove the faucet aerator because
sometimes there are white flakes in the water
heater tank and those often clog the aerator.
If you ever get a faucet suddenly with low flow
check the aerator for debris.
Once I've flushed the lines I replace the aerators.

Hope this is clear as mud!!
Good luck and Happy Camping!
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