How to Replace a RV Water Heater

Replacing a RV water heater is not as difficult of a task as one might think. With the right tools and some careful planning, replacing a RV water heater can be done relatively easily. In this article, we will go over the steps necessary to replace a RV water heater.

Shut off the power supply to the RV water heater

The first step to replacing a RV water heater is to shut off the power supply to the RV water heater. This can be done by shutting off the power at the breaker box or by disconnecting the power cord from the RV water heater.

Drain the RV water heater

Once the power has been shut off, the next step is to drain the RV water heater. This can be done by opening the drain valve at the bottom of the RV water heater and allowing all of the water to drain out. Once all of the water has drained out, close the drain valve.

Disconnect the inlet and outlet hoses from the water heater

The next step is to disconnect the inlet and outlet hoses from the water heater. To do this, simply unscrew the hose fittings from the water heater. If there is any water left in the hoses, be sure to drain it out before disconnecting them.

Remove the screws that hold the water heater in place

The next step is to remove the screws that hold the water heater in place. In most cases, there will be four screws holding the water heater in place. Once all of the screws have been removed, carefully remove the water heater from its location.

Lift out the old water heater and set it aside

Carefully lift out the old water heater and set it aside. Be careful not to damage the surrounding area when removing the old water heater.

Place the new water heater in the same location as the old one

Carefully place the new water heater in the same location as the old one. Be sure to line up the holes for the screws so that they will be in the same place as before.

Secure the new water heater in place with screws

Secure the new water heater in place with screws. In most cases, four screws will be sufficient. Be sure to not overtighten the screws, as this can damage both the screw and the surrounding area.

Reconnect the inlet and outlet hoses to the new water heater

Reconnect the inlet and outlet hoses to the new water heater. Be sure to hand-tighten the fittings to avoid stripping them.

Fill the RV water heater with water

The next step is to fill the RV water heater with water. This can be done by opening the inlet valve and allowing water to flow into the RV water heater until it is full. Once the RV water heater is full, close the inlet valve.

Turn on the power supply to the RV water heater

The final step is to turn on the power supply to the RV water heater. This can be done by turning on the power at the breaker box or by reconnecting the power cord to the RV water heater. Once the power is on, the RV water heater will begin to heat the water.

This concludes our article on how to replace a RV water heater. We hope that you found this information to be helpful and that you are now able to replace your RV water heater with ease. Thank you for reading!

FAQs

There are a few signs that may indicate that your RV water heater needs to be replaced. These include rust on the outside of the water heater, leaking from the tank or fittings, and insufficient hot water. If you notice any of these signs, it is best to consult with a professional to determine if replacement is necessary.

In most cases, yes. However, it is always best to consult with a professional to ensure that you are taking the proper steps and that your new water heater is installed correctly.

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