A Beginner’s Guide to Your RV Water Heater

Discovering the Importance of RV Water Heater Maintenance

Having access to hot water is something a lot of people today take for granted. We blame our pipes for freezing in the winter, and are quick to curse our family members for taking long showers, leaving nothing but a harsh, frigid spray to rinse ourselves in. We’ve all been there.

Having access to hot water while traveling cross-country is another aspect of American living that many people don’t appreciate the way they should. But no matter where you are, one of the worst moments is running out of hot water just after we’ve lathered in our shampoo.

If you notice a drop in water pressure whenever you turn on the hot water in your RV, there may be a problem with your RV water heater. You don’t want to be stuck with the park shower house and using tea kettle to wash dishes, and with appliances that tend to be finicky, the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy might not be the best method to use.

Your RV Water heater requires regular maintenance to ensure that it is running optimally and efficiently. And while the dedicated staff at Fix My RV can troubleshoot and repair any RV water heater difficulties that may occur during your trip though Phoenix, AZ, a solution to your drop in hot water pressure may be as simple as replacing the anode rod.

Let’s Start With the Basics
All metals (yes, even the tank in your water heater!) will eventually corrode when exposed to long-term contact with water. Your anode rod will sacrifice itself to the corrosion before it attacks the tank of your water heater. This is a good thing, and means that the anode rod is doing its job. However, if you fail to complete routine water heater maintenance, your anode rod can eventually completely corrode and it will no longer be protecting your water tank.
Once it becomes heavily corroded, your anode rod can break and fall apart, and those pieces of metal or other loose chunks of campground water mineral deposits can travel down your water line to clog your plumbing system. If your anode rod fails, corrosion can quickly attack your water heater tank, which can be complicated and costly to replace. The professionals at FixMyRVAZ recommend that you check the life of your anode rod every six months or so.

Fix My RV is owned and operated by Jeff Averyt, a certified Master RV Technician that specializes in quality results and fine attention to detail. At Fix My RV we take the time to thoroughly troubleshoot your RV water heater and do the repair properly with only the parts you need. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with our service- knowing every aspect of the work is complete, thorough and accurate. If it’s broke, we fix it!