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As a new RV owner, it's important to understand the unique features of your rig. While you may be accustomed to the traditional hot water heaters you'd find in a house, the hot water heater in your RV is a bit different. Not only is it much smaller, but there are a few things that you should also be aware of that can destroy the aluminum tank liner.
Leaving Water in the Tank During a Freeze
If your diligence in preparing your RV for the winter didn't include draining your hot water tank, you're likely to find that the freeze it causes will crack the aluminum liner. Even if you drain your RV's standard water tank and drain all of the other lines, you still need to pull the drain plug from the water heater. This common oversight leads to a cracked aluminum liner. While you can replace the liner itself, the labor required to disassemble the tank may cost nearly as much as a new tank.
Forgetting to Fill The Tank
Just as damaging as forgetting to drain your RV's hot water tank is forgetting to fill it again in the spring. If your RV's hot water tank is fitted with a bypass to keep water from flowing into the heater when there's no gas, you'll need to make sure you open that bypass valve before you light the burner. If you don't, lighting the pilot light and the burner is going to heat the tank itself to dangerously high temperatures, which could potentially melt a hole in the aluminum tank.
Hard Water Damage
If you have hard water or the campgrounds you frequent do, the minerals in the water are going to damage the aluminum over time. The corrosion that it causes can be devastating, as it can lead to a cracked liner and tank leaks. The best way to avoid that is by installing an anode rod in the tank. The rod serves as a target for the corrosion so that it eats away at the rod instead of the tank liner. You can just replace the anode rod periodically. Most RV water heater anode rods attach directly to the drain plug, making them easy to install.
With the tips presented here, you'll be better prepared to care for your new RV's hot water tank and reduce the risk of damage. After all, the last thing you'll want is to find yourself with a water leak inside your RV because you failed to keep up with the water heater care. Talk with a local hot water heater supplier or plumbing service, like those at George'S Plumbing & Heating, about the best tank and anode rod for your rig.