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Old 08-09-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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Water heater - Newbie question...

We're currently out camping for the first time in our new Rezerve. I have a water heater question. We only seem to get about 15-30 seconds worth of warm/hot water. The results are the same using electric and gas. What am I not doing correctly? Is there a bypass or something that i need to adjust? I cannot find anything helpful in the manual. Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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could you still be in winterizing valve mode? Look for a bypass valve near the backside of your water heater. You could also open the T&P valve on the front of the water heater to see if there is pressure within the tank. Be careful with this because the water may be very hot. If there is pressure and the water is hot then your valves on the back may be in the wrong positions.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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X2, it sounds like you are in winterize mode. Turn electric element off until you are certain there is water in the water heater. No water in water heater can result in a burnt out anode. Locate your water heater access panel outside and try the overflow valve. Next locate the access panel inside (look for a screwed on panel inside in the same location where the outside panel was) and open it up. One or more valves may be in the winterize position.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #4
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here is a pic I pulled from a similar discussion
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:07 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'm trying to figure this out so the family can take showers. The picture is great but my water heater looks a little different than that. I will go look at it again now. Thank you!
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:14 PM   #6
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The bypass valve needs to be closed, correct? I closed it and seem to have hot water. I assume this was the issue. If not, let me know and I'll keep checking this post. Thank you all very much!!! You guys are great.
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correct. bypass closed for normal operation. open for winterization
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