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Old 05-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #11
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Thank you for that information. So the pump will not draw the water down below the element? Is emptying water past the element only possible when you manually drain, by using the plug?
The pump pushes water to the water heater from your fresh water tank so it will not suck water out of the water heater. When water quits flowing from the tap turn off the water and turn off the pump. Since no more water is available there is no need for the water heater to continue heating water so turn it off as well. If you are connected to city water you should never run out of water, though the water heater may not keep up with the flow and you'll just get cold water.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:56 PM   #12
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I heat the water when I arrive at my trailer and then turn it off....I'm at a seasonal site so I have no worries about running the water heater dry, however would your tap not give you the needed information when using fresh water....no water from the tap means you ran out of water, so turn of the water heat if it is on!
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:35 PM   #13
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That is my thought also. I would like to know for sure that the elements are protected so that you only expose them when you manually drain the tank.

Regarding draining the hot water tank, do you drain it after each outing or only if you are not going to use it for a couple weeks?
I fill my water heater in the spring for my first trip of the season, and I drain it in the fall when I winterize the rv. Nothing harmed by leaving water in it. It's a water tank.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:53 PM   #14
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A Suburban brand wh has a anode rod in the drain hole that will deteriorate. That is why I drain my tank. I inspect mine several times a year.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:45 AM   #15
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Your hot water tank CANNOT go dry unless you open the low point drains or the hot water tank valve.. Once the FW holding tank is dry it will not pump air into the system..
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:59 AM   #16
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A Suburban brand wh has a anode rod in the drain hole that will deteriorate. That is why I drain my tank. I inspect mine several times a year.
I still got 2-3 seasons out of the anode rod. It's a $15 piece when you replace it. No big deal. I replaced mine once in the five years I owned that unit.
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Depends on the water you leave in there. My first one lasted 2 1/2 yrs.
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snip.... The hw tank however is still full.
No damage. Just turn it off until you get more fresh water input.
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I commonly drain my water heater tank if I do not plan to use it for a few weeks. I also only typically use water heater if we have an electric site. To protect the electric element when it is drained, I flip the circuit breaker to ensure that the electric heating element does not accidently powered up and burn out if the tank is dry.
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Which is the scam saying you have 86 gallons of fresh water capacity. Try getting the 6 out when your 80 is gone
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