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Old 03-30-2013, 01:21 AM   #11
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I take it that every time the fresh water level goes below one-third of a tank, we have to worry about burning out the element. We turn the outside switch to "off" when the water is getting low. I wonder if the hot water tank can go below the six gallons at all before burning out the element.

We were lucky not to burn it out because we didn't know for quite a while that the inside light was for propane only. We were probably told but forgot. In any case, we always happened to have water in the tank and finally knew to turn off the electric on the exterior. We have it "off" in winter storage.

We won't be turning it on until we get water up through the faucets with no air. I was thinking of getting a spare element to carry for when we goof it up, which I am sure we are going to do some time.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:17 AM   #12
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To ensure that your hot water tank is full, while connected to city water, open the pressure relief valve. It is just above the anode in the outside hatch.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:00 PM   #13
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Yes! See relief valve in photo.
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Where is the location of the anode that is removed with the 1 1/6" socket ?
The pressure relief valve is in the upper left corner of the pic with the lever ?
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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Jubal, you are correct on the pressure relief value location. The anode is hidden by the instruction plate. The rod is on the bottom, just below the gold color pipe and to the right of the black round disk (that's the electric heating element).
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:23 PM   #16
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Had to de-winterize anyway, so I shot pix.

First is anode at the bottom right of centre, with the relief valve at the top, left of centre.
Second shows the relief valve open.
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Ours is not the same. We have that black piece that is at lower left of the instructions. Glenn, you don't have that. They have changed the whole contraption somewhat.
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The main thing is both show the pressure relief valve.
Is your heater AC and gas? Mine is only propane.
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That explains it.
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Jim, could you post a photo of your switch?
Here is the thread I made about doing the heater switches. LINK
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