RV Water Heater Tips and Tricks

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Chandler Lee
RV Water Heater Tips and Tricks
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If you own an RV, having a reliable water heater is an essential part of the experience. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing tips and tricks for maintaining your RV water heater to ensure it continues to work properly. We’ll cover topics such as how to winterize an RV water heater, what supplies you’ll need, and how to troubleshoot common issues with RV water heater. By the end of this blog post, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to keep your RV water heater running smoothly.

Check Your Anode Rod

An anode rod is an essential component in your RV water heater. It helps to protect your tank from corrosion by creating a sacrificial barrier between it and the corrosive elements in your water supply. An anode rod should be checked at least once a year, and replaced if it has been worn down too much. To check your anode rod, open up the access panel on your water heater and remove the anode rod. Then, inspect it for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or flakes. If it’s significantly worn down, it needs to be replaced with a new one. You can purchase an anode rod online or at a local hardware store.

Drain Your Water Heater Regularly

Regularly draining your water heater is important in order to maintain the health of the appliance. This process is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. Start by turning off the power to the heater and turning off the cold water supply. Then, attach a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank and run the other end of the hose to a place where the water can safely drain. Next, open the pressure relief valve on the side of the tank and then open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. 

Add Insulation to Your Water Heater

Adding insulation to your water heater can help keep the temperature of the water consistent and reduce your energy bill. It also helps prevent any potential damage to the surrounding areas caused by extreme temperatures. Insulating a hot water heater is a relatively simple task. All you need is an insulation kit, which can be found in any local hardware store. To install the insulation, you’ll need to remove the existing insulation and cut the new material to fit around the tank. Make sure to use safety equipment, such as gloves and safety glasses, when performing this work. Once you have cut the insulation, it’s important to secure it tightly around the tank with some heavy-duty tape or zip ties. 

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