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Old 11-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Water heater anode.....

Well I have had my 36qbok for right at a year now and am troubled by my finding of buildup in the water heater in such a short time. How is one to prevent this?


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What brand of water heater? Pictures would help. On anode rod, if your tank uses one, or in tank? Do you have/use an inline filter? One way to slow the calcium buildup is to drain the water heater after each outing.
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What brand of water heater? Pictures would help. On anode rod, if your tank uses one, or in tank? Do you have/use an inline filter? One way to slow the calcium buildup is to drain the water heater after each outing.
This is true I just replace mine every year. Cheap compared to a failure maybe 12.00 bucks or so.
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Atwood heaters do NOT have an anode.

Suburban heaters DO have an anode,whose sole purpose is to be a sacrificial item in the conflict of water impurities.

This buildup is usually the result of the water source you get from the campgrounds you visit. No one can be sure of what runs through your rig. In line water filters can only do so much.

Constant draining and flushing of the water heater is your only defense.
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Atwood heaters do NOT have an anode.

Suburban heaters DO have an anode,whose sole purpose is to be a sacrificial item in the conflict of water impurities.

This buildup is usually the result of the water source you get from the campgrounds you visit. No one can be sure of what runs through your rig. In line water filters can only do so much.

Constant draining and flushing of the water heater is your only defense.
Very true statement. I know on my sail boat I dropped zink on a line as a sacrifice in marinas due to boats using revised polarity next to me I to attached it to my rigging and was surprised how fast they went. But it was cheaper then eating everything under water. Most boaters do not know of the problem it causes them and boats next to them. It is not a myth as some people say.... PS: flush the tank to keep it down more then once a year.
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Not thought about draining it after each trip out. Is that my only solve? Attachment 66108.


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Draining the tank is not a big deal. You didn't mention what brand of heater you have.
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My water heater is suburban 10 gallon.


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Get a 1-1/16" socket, a small extension, a bucket and let her rip. It's easy to do and well worth it. My anode rod looks horrible and I've only had this camper since the end of June when it came off the assembly line.
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Not thought about draining it after each trip out. Is that my only solve? Attachment 66108.


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Short answer YES do you really need to do it NO. As soon as you put water in that tank the action will take place. It won't hurt anything. Draining it once or twice a year is good practice to begin. I just add a new rod every year no matter how it looks that will help keep it down. For 12.00 pretty cheap.
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