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Old 10-20-2009, 09:47 PM   #15
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What a great thread, I've learned so much. I have to fire up our old Bowen, and I haven't got a clue; I'm hoping its like a regular residential tank heater. Its great to get all your experiences, and especially the recommendations for retailers.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:31 PM   #16
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Most of the heaters we removed and replaced had very disgusting substances inside, not just sediment, but also slimy stuff and rocks etc. ....not what I would want in my shower.
I recommend replacement. Definitely.
Unless you're a vintage purist. Then, and only then, would I take the time and money to repair/restore an original.
we were able on several occasions to replace the water heater with a DSI model and use the original door to keep the look authentic, but the function a more like 2009.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:15 PM   #17
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I have 62 tradewind with bowen heater that did not work when I bought from PO. I pulled it out, Hooked up garden hose hose and flushed for several hours. Nasty calicum and other things came out. We have a pretty good Mom &Pop Rv repair in town and I took The heater to him, He replaced the sensor and thermostat. Bench tested and works like a champ. I think I spent $30..
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:21 AM   #18
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ha, yeah, we had a lot of white gunk come out when I first hooked up the hose. The hose ran and ran before anything came out of any of the faucets, and then I opened up the drain in the hotwater heater. Yuck.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:33 AM   #19
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Just to let everyone what I ended up doing....I was going to stay original right up to the moment when testing the tank and it failed. It too quite awhile to get all the sediment out and then to have it leak (around the fitting which holds the gas valve/thermostat) was disappointing.

I've installed a tankless hot water heater and just need to make a couple more slight mods before I post any pics. I have a gas valve assembly for the original Bowen if anyone wants it.
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Just to let everyone what I ended up doing....I was going to stay original right up to the moment when testing the tank and it failed. It too quite awhile to get all the sediment out and then to have it leak (around the fitting which holds the gas valve/thermostat) was disappointing.

I've installed a tankless hot water heater and just need to make a couple more slight mods before I post any pics. I have a gas valve assembly for the original Bowen if anyone wants it.

Your experience is not all that uncommon. Often times sediment build up masks pinhole, or leaks.

I've seen some cases where sediment buildup allows anaerobic corrosion to take place under the sediment layer. Other problems arise because sediment can insulate portions of the tank which causes uneven heating, which in-turn causes differing rates of expansion. This can weaken weld seams and material over time.

When the sediment seal is removed the leak is exposed.

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