Check your Anode Annually

As the name implies, the anode sacrifices itself to protect the rest of the hot water system. Most caravan HWS Anode's should be checked annually.  Their corrosion rate is also dependant on usage times and water quality.  Corrosion (or rust) is the result of electrolytic action which travels through the water and reacts with the surface of the metal at risk.

A sacrificial anode works by attracting electrolytes more strongly than the rest of the hot water system, keeping other system components out of harm’s way.
Here is how to handle the job:
Our van features a 15 litre Suburban HWS.  First up, make sure the water is cold. Turn off water pump. Activate pressure release valve to release the pressure of the water inside.
Using a 1 1/16" socket (or 27mm) on an extension driver, remove anode and inspect. If oxidised replace with a new one after allowing all sediment in the bottom of the hot water service tank to flush out. Ensure thread has been wrapped with plumbers tape to seal and prevent seepage.  Once finished make sure you fill your tank again before turning on HWS.

A new anode can be purchased at any reputable caravan equipment store or dealer at a cost of around $20 - $25.00  Alternatively place it on your shopping list to buy at the next Caravan and Camping Show and grab a bargain!  We carry a spare with us at all times.

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