The task of replacing an RV water heater element may seem difficult, but most RV owners can make this repair themselves. Having the right RV water heater maintenance tools on hand will not only help save time but also save money on repair costs.
Is your RV water heater slow to heat? Does it seem like you run out of hot water quickly? Does it not heat up at all? There’s a good chance that your heating element is not working properly. Please see your appliance owner’s manual for instructions on how to safely remove and replace your heating element.
Tools to perform RV water heater maintenance
These tools will come in handy while performing your regular water heater maintenance:
- Water heater element socket
- Water heater tank rinser
- You will also need an anode rod for a Suburban water heater or a drain plug tool and plug set for a Dometic/Atwood water heater.
Flushing the hot water unit involves draining it, which will remove sediment buildup in the tank. This is something that should be done about twice a year to help with the scale of the heating element as well. This is why it’s so important that you have the right water heater tools on hand.
Dustin and Ashley Simpson own California RV Specialists, a successful RV repair shop in Lodi, California. Dustin and Ashley have years of experience, know just about every RV inside and out, and will share their perspective from “the other side.”