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Old 11-22-2013, 01:39 PM   #11
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Also, I just had a water leak at my water filter when gone for a day so I'm a little paranoid about things right now.

Another question that I thought of: I'm disconnecting the water hose so what should I do about the water heater. I was planning on turning it off but if I leave it on wouldn't it keep the water in there from freezing? Would it be ok to turn off the water but leave the water heater on? As long as water is in there it should be okay, right? Couldn't I put water in the fresh tank and turn the water pump on to make sure the hot water heater stays filled?

I just want to know what is the best way to prevent problems without actually winterizing for a few days.
Your water heater will keep your water inside the tank at something like 120 degrees. If the unit is plugged into electric it will stay at that temp. I do not know how it could freeze unless you had a power failure for days. Even then just leave your water heater switch for the propane on. It will use the electric to keep it hot first. You can use both gas and electric together for a faster recovery when you shower.Once you you get to the set limit the gas will shut off automatically and stay on electric. Atleast this is how my system works. If you are not using hot water it will stay hot by cycling only on the electric. I think Barry can answer this better then me. but I think I'm right, maybe Barry will jump in and give you some more tips or maybe I'm wrong but that's how I do it.... By the way you will not lose water out of your tank when it is full unless you have a leak, so yes if you want leave your pump on, but that's a little over board for me. I know I do not have any leaks.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #12
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Very good point Glenn. I was worried about the WH using up his propane (or freezing if he ran out of propane), but I agree that what you suggested is an excellent solution.

I know you don't think it will get cold enough in the inside to be a problem (and you're probably right), but say it did get really cold for a long time. Doesn't having a full (& hot) WH interfere with the idea of winterizing the lines?
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #13
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Very good point Glenn. I was worried about the WH using up his propane (or freezing if he ran out of propane), but I agree that what you suggested is an excellent solution.

I know you don't think it will get cold enough in the inside to be a problem (and you're probably right), but say it did get really cold for a long time. Doesn't having a full (& hot) WH interfere with the idea of winterizing the lines?
To be honest I do not know. My thought would be that If I drained the lines thur the low point drains my lines should be empty both hot and cold. If you use the bypass doing it then opened after the hot water would not enter any lines until you called for it. But you know Barry I'm wrong at the process sometimes and I'm the first to admit it. I always think I can get some knowledge reading the forum. I have learned alot just reading peoples answers.
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To be honest I do not know. My thought would be that If I drained the lines thur the low point drains my lines should be empty both hot and cold. If you use the bypass doing it then opened after the hot water would not enter any lines until you called for it. But you know Barry I'm wrong at the process sometimes and I'm the first to admit it. I always think I can get some knowledge reading the forum. I have learned alot just reading peoples answers.
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Our last trip out in our 2304s got in 30's at night we got about 3 days off 1 full propane tank. Wh is on gas and we cooked and used the oven. Thermostat set at 71.
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