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RV maintenance: how to maintain your rv water heater

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Fortunately, RV hot water maintenance is relatively straightforward. Here are some tips to maintain your RV heater:

Drain water if not in use

The water heater probably doesn’t need to be drained between trips if you use your RV every weekend during the summer. If you leave your RV sitting for months, drain it when you are not using it. The water in your RV plumbing system could become stale, stinky, and unusable if it is left idle for more than two weeks.

The water heater bypass valve

Winterizing your RV water heater is no different from winterizing the rest of your RV. Water heater bypass valves are required for these preparations. A similar valve may already be included in some RVs, but not in others. If your water heater lacks a bypass valve, install one before the cold weather arrives.

Clean before winterize

Want to prepare your water heater for the cold season? Winterizing this appliance isn’t difficult. It is easy to do by turning off the heater, letting the water cool, removing the plug, washing the heater with an RV water heater rinser, and rinsing the tank with the city water supply. The bypass valve can be switched to bypass mode once this has been done, and the rest of the RV can be winterized.

Clean your tank before you go

You should rewash the tank before your first spring trip. All that needs to be rinsed out with the water hose is the RV water heater rinser product referred to earlier. If you wait weeks between RV trips, you may want to repeat this process.

Clean your burner tube in spring

A gas RV water heater requires a burner tube to be cleaned. A propane tube transports propane to a burner. This burner tube is often home to spiders. Debris can also clog it. The water heater may stop working entirely if either of these things occurs. Compressed air can be used to blow debris out of your burner tube. To remove a stubborn clog, you can use pipe cleaners.

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