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Old 12-13-2016, 07:36 PM   #1
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Water leak...

My hot water heater had started making noises when it runs. I figured it was probably the element so I picked up one and a new anode rod. Cut everything off and replaced both. Cut everything back on and about 1/2 later I had hot water. Happened to go outside and noticed water dripping from the bottom of the RV just to the right and below where the water heater is. I checked and no leaks from around the element or the anode rod where I opened them up ?? I cut off the water and leaks stop. Also found water along the wall at the base of the stairs to bedroom.

Any ideas ? I can't image what I could have done. Just opened it up and flushed it out using a plastic fitting for my water hose and changed the rod and element.

Just called a mobile RV service......sigh
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:54 PM   #2
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RV tech will be here later but talking with him, he seems to think something might be loose behind the tank. Nothing directly related to what I changed but maybe along the lines of a water pressure issue through the lines when I refilled the tank and cleared the air from the lines.....

I have no idea how you get behind it to check. I went in the basement and looked inside with a flashlight and saw nothing. I could only see the top of the hot tank though.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:19 PM   #3
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This is what the element and anode rod looked like.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:13 PM   #4
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Twice after replacing my anode rod I had a leak around the anode rod threads despite the fact that I had tightened it pretty snug. Using lots of teflon tape seemed to stop it.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:17 PM   #5
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Looks like someone NEEDS a water softener badly.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:31 PM   #6
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Hopefully he is a small fella You have to take the basement wall down and crawl in over the furnace. My technician went in there when we had an issue with ours during the PDI, and he completely disappeared!
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Looks like someone NEEDS a water softener badly.
Possibly. But we've been on the road almost entirely since we moved into the RV full time in August. I'm not sure which water it was that got me. I'm thinking possibly New Mexico.
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This is our third winter in the desert southwest (Arizona) and the water is some of the hardest we've encountered. We use the RV Pro10000 and have to regenerate about every 20 days or so to stay on top of it.
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This is our third winter in the desert southwest (Arizona) and the water is some of the hardest we've encountered. We use the RV Pro10000 and have to regenerate about every 20 days or so to stay on top of it.
Jim, I may be interested in installing one of those now that I have room. How do you know when it needs regenerated, and does it cut down on pressure much?
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If I wait until I have hard water I've waited too long. After 2+ winters I guess I just know that it has to be done. I had a neighbor the first winter who said he did it once a month, my preference is more often. The RV PRO 10000 has a bottle of hardness test strips for a scientific approach. Check out the PDF.
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