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Old 09-22-2021, 04:43 PM   #1
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Hello all, Working my way thru probs on my new to me Maxum 4100 SCB dual helm. My water heater is leaking. It's the original 1998 so I'm replacing it. Is there a trick to access the back screws holding down the water heater? Access is thru a side panel in the mid cabin. Waste tank is along side it. Macerator is in front of it. The screws appear to be under the reefer or shower??? No hatch there that I can see. Current plans are to lift the front of the heater and break the back screws with a long pry bar but thought I'd ask.
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Old 09-24-2021, 10:32 AM   #2
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There’s no trick. I had the same issue when replacing the water heater in my 4600 SCB. Used some leverage to pull the screws out then repaired the damage before installing the same OEM heater. Only thing I would have done different is use a heater without the engine coolant option. Just reducing another possible failure point.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:13 PM   #3
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SteveP, Thanks for the reply... I'm sitting here and laughing at myself for thinking that I could have it out and replaced in one day. The coolant part of the job was a mess. I had plugs handy but it still sprayed and leaked all over. I'm impressed the original heater lasted since '98. I also broke the screws last night after buying a long crowbar. Looking for seals now to use the original plumbing. Otherwise its out for replacement. I'm getting a good workout crawling around down there.
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