How to Remove Old RV Water Heater to Install New Unit


How to remove the water heater, have all screws out of face plate but cant get the tank to move to get to the connections, any suggestions would be appreciated.


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When removing a water heater, you want to remove the cover completely first and then the screws in the face plate. Next make sure you have drained all of the water from the unit. You will want to remove your electric connection and propane connection before removing those features. The outside edge of the frame is normally sealed so you will need to carefully remove caulk to allow the frame to move freely. On the underside, you should have an access panel to get to your water and electrical connection. Once everything is disconnected you will be able to pull it straight out. It will be a tight fit so it will take some work and maybe shifting side to side slightly as you pull.

Then you will be able to install a new water heater like the Atwood RV Water Heater w/ Heat Exchange - Gas and Electric - Automatic Pilot - 120 Volt - 10 Gal # AT94023 by basically reversing these steps. I've linked the page to all your replacement options.

You will want to use a sealant like # 34427034145-1 in white, # 344270341437-1 in beige or # 0160299 in black to match your RV.

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