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    Family Travels Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I took mine out when winterizing the pup and never out it back in. Will the water heater be fine or should I take the cover off and put it back in place?
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    It should be fine, stick something in the hole though. You dont want anything crawing in there.
     
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    Agreed. Really won't hurt anything, except it's a small hole stuff can get into.
     
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    I agree you should be fine. I just put it in so I won't lose it. Gosh knows things know how to walk in my house. Or I put it somewhere safe and immediately forgot where said safe place is. [:I] I didn't tighten it though so I better remember that when I next put water in it. [;{}]
     
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    We tend to put just barely back in, just to reduce the chances of invaders. We don't bother with Teflon tape for the off-season, and we do a good rinsing job on the HWT when we flush and sanitize the system.
     
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    My WH doesn't have an anode. However, I put the plug back in loose. I dont like the idea of a mouse going in the hole for a possible drink and then deciding the tank would make him a good man cave.
     
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    generok Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yikes! I had this mantra HAMMERED into my head growing up in the auto repair business: "There are two conditions for a drain plug: OUT and IN AND TIGHT!"

    That has stuck with me for over 40 years. So, sure, I pull the anode rod end of season, but once the tank drains, I put new tape on it, and put it back in tight ready for the new season.
     
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    Some like to let the tank dry out so it dosen't get mold or mildew. I do not know the corect way, and never had problems. I do the same though, leave it in and loose. Figure i will rinse it before the first trip, but i dont think i ever did. Lol.
     
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    Thanks for the responses! I drain the tank after each trip (to save on weight). When I winterized it, I just didn't think to put it back in.
     

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