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Old 07-26-2014, 09:21 PM   #21
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I like that idea of removing the anode rod and putting tape over the hole. It make you or a helper know that the water heater is drained and not to turn on the electricity on till you fill it with water.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:58 AM   #22
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Thanks. I was trying to bleed the tank at the pressure relief valve. That's why I was so confused. The anode was a easy access nut that has about 1/4 inch of threads showing at the bottom of the tank. This is where you would drain the tank and
Place tape over the hole and store the anode rod in a zip lock bag to prolong its life while winterized.
Well now you've done it :-) Now, I have to check my own HWH!! I haven't read the manual on it, but now I will have to. Probably a good thing.

To tell you the truth (why do we say that), I have only drained my systems, using the provided drain points, and then blow the lines out with compressed air. I have never used antifreeze in any RV and have never had a problem. Maybe living where we haven't had a hard freeze since '89 might be the reason (duh!).

And, now what about the house? You are making work for me, but might have prevented me buying water heaters. Thanks, I mean it this time :-)
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:17 AM   #23
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I like that idea of removing the anode rod and putting tape over the hole. It make you or a helper know that the water heater is drained and not to turn on the electricity on till you fill it with water.
Before you remove the anode for the winter, just go inside and shut the breaker off as another safety measure to protect the electric element next spring.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:04 PM   #24
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Ok thanks for the help....I took off the inside cabinet panel. Sure enough valve was in bypass. Not a fan having to unscrew panel each year, I would have thought a better fastening system would have been used for the access panel...oh well. Something to design. Again thanks for everyones prompt response.
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Had the same issue as you..have a dummy cabinet access door but still couldn't reach it...called the dealer...once they told me how to remove a drawer it was a piece of cake
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Easy Fix! Go to Lowes and get a cupboard door catch latch that comes close to matching all your other door catches.

Remove the fasteners from the cabinet panel, leaving the assembly on the door.

Install the catch latch

Problem solved

(Pro tip: Keep the assembly on the door to maintain the appearence versus having holes visible on the side of your door - OR remove the whole thing and fill holes with putty and use a stain pen to match...I was just too lazy to do this )
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Thanks...good tip.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:43 PM   #26
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Your access panel, HSVBamaBob might be different than mine, mine is a piece of paneling with 4 drywall screws into 1 x 2s of the frame... or I am just more confused than normal :-) Can you 'spain it again?
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:02 PM   #27
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I like that idea of removing the anode rod and putting tape over the hole. It make you or a helper know that the water heater is drained and not to turn on the electricity on till you fill it with water.
I am not sure I get it... speak s-l-o-w-e-r... tape the hole and put the rod in a baggy. In in RV why not, but what at home? I completely agree with OldCoot. but what if.. me being the idiot that I am, I come along and turn on the water outside and flood what ever room the HWH is in and never think to look at the HWH. Of course, you guys are the winterizing experts, but I wouldn't think an anode in an empty tank would go bad.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:09 AM   #28
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I passed along the rod in the bag because that is what the tech said at suburban water heater company. It makes sense if it is empty, why would it have to be removed? It would be out to drain it. Maybe it has to be totally dry not to wear down. I noticed when I bought the unit I had to put it in, it is a new rod but it had very minor surface corrosion like old aluminum. Not sure if a new rod out of the box is completely smooth.
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Your access panel, HSVBamaBob might be different than mine, mine is a piece of paneling with 4 drywall screws into 1 x 2s of the frame... or I am just more confused than normal :-) Can you 'spain it again?
OOPS yes, yes, vastly different Rigs. Silly me!

Our access panel is actually a "fake" cabinet door at the base of our counter cupbord. Looks like a door, but it is screwed shut. I fixed that

When I get back to the house, I will post a couple of picts.
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Your access panel, HSVBamaBob might be different than mine, mine is a piece of paneling with 4 drywall screws into 1 x 2s of the frame... or I am just more confused than normal :-) Can you 'spain it again?
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OOPS yes, yes, vastly different Rigs. Silly me!

Our access panel is actually a "fake" cabinet door at the base of our counter cupbord. Looks like a door, but it is screwed shut. I fixed that

When I get back to the house, I will post a couple of picts.
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Photo 2 door open to reveal catch (white box mounted on door is water leak alarm)
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