Originally Posted by dikku
Last year I winterized without a list and forgot to empty the water heater. Now we are getting ready for our summer trip to Yellowstone and the Wife announces that the water heat is bilowing out water.(see photo)
Obviously I will have to replace it.
1.How do I remove the old pex fittings with the copper sleeves so I can get the tank out? (cut the copper or slide it off?)
2.Where should I order a new water heater from? (old model is an atwood 6 gallon gas in my 92 21ft Sovereign)
3.How hard is it to replace?
4.How stupid am I for not draining the water heater?
1,) Yes you can cut off the bands, I would use a Dremil tool. Don't try and salvage the old PEX, use new PEX and you should be able to reuse the old fittings with new bands.
2.) There are quite a few places to buy heaters, I would look for the best price on the Web. You could buy from a local RV shop but the cost is usually high. The cut out size on new 6 gal. heaters is the same as the old one so no problem there.
3.) A} Pull the water fittings, and the DSI connections if you have them. B} shut off the propane then disconnect the gas supply, then pull it through the floor. C} Remove the screws from the mounting flange behind the door.
D} This is where it can get tricky, ease the heater out. It might be difficult proposition if they used a lot of sealer on the inside, mine had a ton of what looks like Sikaflex on the inside, tough going had to do some cutting with a utility knife.
To reinstall is self apparent once you have pulled the old one out.
If this sounds at all like it is beyond your Peter Principle by all means have a pro do it for you.