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Old 04-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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Good grief..this should be simple

and probably is but I don't want to get antifreeze in the hot water heater.

I swiped this pic from a post from a few years ago but it looks the same as the bypass kit on the hot water heater. Finding the hot water heater is another story.....

I can't tell from this pic which way the bypass valve should be turned to be closed. I *think* perpendicular should be closed... which is what I want when dewinterizing.


and I DID read the totally inadequate instructions which said IF you have a bypass kit, use it. PERIOD.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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Yes, if the handle is parallel its open, perpendicular is closed
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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I'd recommend keeping both the inlet and outlet valves closed until all the antifreeze is gone from the water running out of the faucets, using city water as your flushing source, then open up the WH system.

Fortunately for me, when I winterised, I blew the water out of the lines with an air compressor, rather than filling them with pink stuff. Had I not done that, I'd have had the water heater filled with anitfreeze!

We'll be de-wianterizing a bit late this season, as I' in the recovery mode after spinal surgery to remove some broken bits of a lumbar disc that was threatening to cause irreversible damage to the main nerve bundle. Fortunately, the neuro-surgeon recognised the risk and got me in as quickly as he could. Thank goodness for the fairly routine use of MRI, which clearly showed the problem.

First trip will probably be mid-June, after a few weeks of physiotherapy.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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Is it harmful to the Hot water tank to have anti-freez in it?
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:11 PM   #5
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Is it harmful to the Hot water tank to have anti-freez in it?
I think the main problem is with corrosion of the lining of the hot water tank. The antifreeze will also corrode the anode if the heater has one.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:13 PM   #6
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If you are using the 'pink stuff' made for RV's, then don't worry about some getting in there. It won't hurt you. Now don't take that as being blase about it...just trying to say it's not a big deal to get it in the water heater.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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The reason for the by-pass line is simply to save the amount of anti freeze needed to protect the system. The hot water tank doesn't need anti freeze in it. To fill it with anti-freeze is a waste but no harm done if it does get in there. The tank only has to be drained of water for winter protection.

Hot water is corrosive. The anode rod is in there to protect the tank liner and the rod is designed to be the sacrificial part of the tank.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:32 AM   #8
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Hey y'all,

They sure don't make it easy to get to those bypass valves! Ours in UNDER the head of the bed and a MONSTER to get to! I think we mat cut the thin wood panel that is between the outside storage bin (basement) and the water heater.... at least we could get to the shut off easier...maybe!

Also we want to add some pipe insulators to the pipes going in/out of the water heater and maybe a water heater blanket. We do a fair amount on winter camping. The compartment where the water heater is has a lot of dead space and it gets really cold.
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