How to Maintain a RV Water Heater by Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores

How to Maintain a RV Water Heater by Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores
Billy Gibson, service tech from our Colton Service department, shares how Mike Thompson’s RV performs RV Water Heater Maintenance. This video includes …

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  • If I’m not going to use the hot water heater for months at a time, even an entire year, should I empty it and leave anode rod in, empty it and remove anode rod allowing air in (bugs to I would assume), or keep it filled with water. Basically what method would keep it from corroding the best? As of now, I leave it as empty as possible and put anode rod back in.

  • Mike Thompson has the worst service dept in Fountain Valley Ca. Take your RV get it back 30days later still broken. They sure know how to sell them but not repair them.

  • I can't believe all the negative comments on here!! The title clearly says "how to maintain", not how to SERVICE!! There IS a difference. What he did here was show how to maintain it, NOT service it.

    I personally liked the video. Short, sweet, and to the point!!

  • Hi great video. I have a question for you: For the electrical, how do you know if there is AC current as well as DC? I currently have an Atwood GG Model (gas only) and I want to upgrade to combined. If I pull the unit only to find no AC, I have a much bigger project. I have a Fleetwood Storm, 2015.

  • Thank you Billy, for the good tips! Some things need to be improved on this video however. Music needs to GO! Cannot hear a thing above that elevator music din. Please turn it OFF!!! The title of this post is incorrect English. How to MAINTAIN, not MAINTENANCE. MAINTAIN is a verb. MAINTENANCE is a noun. You cannot DO a noun. You can DO a verb. Please fix this. If we are an English speaking nation, lets speak proper English. If people have a problem with USA being bi-lingual, and vote Spanish down, then at least speak English correctly.

    The blower trick was excellent. Gets rid of spiders and webs, dust and debris. Good to know where to clean it.

    The draining of the tank was only half the procedure. Full procedure is:

    Drain tank, rinse out with a wand to clear debris inside. Water will be milky with sediment. Replace drain plug. Remove relief valve plug. Clean it. Fill tank halfway with white industrial cleaning vinegar. 10 gal tank needs 5 gals vinegar, 6 gal tank needs 3 gals vinegar. Home Depot sells this, or Smart and Final Iris. Put back relief valve with teflon tape. Turn on city water until tank is full. Bleed relief valve to check. Turn on water heater for an hour till water is hot. Turn off water heater. Leave vinegar in tank overnight to dissolve mineral sediment deposits. Next day, open relief valve to bleed then close. Open drain plug and drain out vinegar. Rinse with fresh water and wand to clear hot water tank of remaining debris. Replace drain plug. Turn on city water. Turn on each faucet and shower inside RV to clear of vinegar in pipes. Water will be white an foamy. Clean all faucet strainers (screws onto faucet tip) of scale debris. Done.

  • Great video, thank you. Before I saw this, I learned the hard way about disconnecting the battery before trying to drain the heater on my PUP. While I was draining, the water pump had engaged to refill it, even though the pup was closed up and should not have allowed the pump to function, or so I thought. That anode rod really threw me for a loop as well but all is clear now. Thanks again.

  • Big thanks to you for posting. saved me a bunch of trouble. I had a stinky and smokey orange flame blasting through the heater and the air compressor sorted it all out. I even wore the safety glasses just for you.