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Have these RV water heater maintenance tools on hand

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 Suburban
Water heater tank rinser
Water heater anode rod for Suburban

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.”

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George May
17 days ago

Just a warning, I had the gray tube pull off the hot water tank rinser and due to the hose water pressure, the entirety of the gray tube was blown inside the tank. I tried 15 ways to get it out, but had to have my dealer remove the water heater, remove the heating element from the bank and grab it with a surgical clamp type device, then reinstall the water heater. This cost me $450. If they couldn’t get it out, a new water heater would have run over $1000 with installation. The gray tube is not secure to the yellow control handle. Beware and take precautions to secure it! Or don’t use that kind of device.

Ran
20 days ago

I use the anode rod with petcock on my Atwood water heater. Although not required, is there a downside on this? Seems to be doing its job well!

Bob p
20 days ago
Reply to  Ran

Why would you use an anode rod on something unnecessarily?

Ran
19 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Has a drain and is easier to remove than plastic.

Wayne C
19 days ago
Reply to  Ran

I replaced the plastic plug with a quarter turn brass valve to make draining easier. I have not noticed any negative effects from heat on the valve nor corrosion from the dissimilar metals

Jim
19 days ago
Reply to  Ran

As long as the relief valve is working. That’s the main thing.

Jim
19 days ago
Reply to  Ran

I thought Atwood water heaters didn’t require an anode rod.

George May
17 days ago
Reply to  Jim

They do not require it. They have a plastic drain valve.

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