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Old 11-04-2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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Did I destroy my water heater?

We just returned from a weekend winter campout. I had pretty much drained everything before we left and only used the black tank for draining the little bit of water that we brought with us and used. The problem is that when we got home yesterday and plugged into house power apparently one of us accidentally turned on the switch for the water heater. Today I went out to finish up winterizing for long term storage. When I put air pressure to the system and started to finish draining the system and turned on the cold water side of the sink the little bit of water left in the system came out hot & brown. This was the cold side. This was the case in the shower, bathroom sink, and the toilet. Hotish brownish water. That's when I realized that the water heater with was on. I've now finished draining everything but I can't help but be worried by the hot/brown water coming out of the cold side of everything.

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Old 11-04-2019, 04:07 PM   #2
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If the electric element was turned on while not immersed in water it most likley is burned out. However, the water heater is not ruined. New element about $15. Labor 2 or 3 hours
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