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Old 04-07-2015, 08:39 AM   #11
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If your HW heater has an anode rod, the purpose of which is for it to deteriorate instead of the metal tank lining, it will accumulate a fair amount of "crud.". If it is a Suburban HW heater - it probably has an anode rod and you should flush frequently.

If you have an Atwood with a plastic plug - and no anode rod, you won't get too much buildup and simply draining the HW heater frequently will keep the buildup flushed away.

Just my experienced opinion.
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As far as getting "crud" in that tank, I've seen some nice build up in the open part of the back of my plastic plug, so I can only imagine what's going on in the tank.

Short of having one of those nifty rinsers, I just remove the plug to drain whatever's in there, (don't re-insert the plug) connect city water and let 'er rip. I don't worry about the water coming out of the drain hole, I just let it do what it does. I don't know exactly how effective it is at agitating any buildup and getting it out, but it's all I've got at this point. I do this about every other time I have the trailer in my driveway, and I always store the tank "empty".
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My Atwood water heater never had any crud in it as such but there was usually a small amount of sediment that would show up at the beginning of the flush. I use a sediment filter but there would still be a bit of sediment that would end up in the tank.
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As far as getting "crud" in that tank, I've seen some nice build up in the open part of the back of my plastic plug, so I can only imagine what's going on in the tank.

Short of having one of those nifty rinsers, I just remove the plug to drain whatever's in there, (don't re-insert the plug) connect city water and let 'er rip. I don't worry about the water coming out of the drain hole, I just let it do what it does. I don't know exactly how effective it is at agitating any buildup and getting it out, but it's all I've got at this point. I do this about every other time I have the trailer in my driveway, and I always store the tank "empty".
Good advice! I think I'll start hooking up to city water and flushing every now and then in the future.
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