How to Clean an RV Water Heater the Right Way!

Also referred to BY SOME as a HOT WATER HEATER

Checklist for Periodic Water Heater Maintenance.
Preseason preppers or Full-Time RV users, perform all the steps!

o Turn off power and gas to water heater.
o Take a long shower to drain hot water from tank.
o Turn off water supply to RV and turn off power to water pump.
o Crack open all hot water faucets (sinks, showers, outside shower)
o Open relief valve on water heater.
o Remove drain plug from water heater. Allow water to drain.
(If your tank has an anode rod instead of a drain plug, replace it annually or when it is 75% consumed)
o Turn on water supply to flush the water heater tank out. (Use flushing wand if desired)
o Turn off water supply to RV.
o Install drain plug or anode rod in water heater using correct thread sealant
 (Stop here if you are putting the RV away for the season)

o Close all inside water faucets then turn on water supply until water comes out relief valve.
o Turn off water supply.
o When water stops coming out of relief valve, close the relief valve (allow it to “snap” shut).
o Turn on water supply to RV.
o When water is coming out of hot water faucets without air gaps, turn off faucets.
o Check for leaks at water heater.
o Open inside faucets to purge air out of the lines then turn on power or gas to water heater.
o After 1 hour, check again for leaks at water heater.

 Repeat steps several times a year if a Full-Time RV user.

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