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Old 11-13-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Winterizing by pass valve question

While reading the recent post concerning winterizing hot water heater I noticed the advice was to turn all 3 valves 90 degrees. This was my first time winterizing and I only turned 2 of the valves. The hot and cold. When I ran antifreeze through the lines pink antifreeze came out of all faucets. Does this mean my bypass was open all summer? If so Is that possible and still have hot water delivered to faucets during camping season? There is no water in water heater so I know input line was closed. Is there anything I need to do to avoid any winter problems?

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Old 11-13-2014, 10:11 PM   #2
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Yes, but the hot water won't be as hot.

Did you open the hot faucet only to run the antifreeze through?

In the summer, the cold and hot are open and the center line (bypass) is closed.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:04 PM   #3
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I opened hot water faucet only to run antifreeze through.

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Old 11-13-2014, 11:11 PM   #4
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Here is how a 3 valve system is set up. Not my graphic; but it is awesome.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:26 PM   #5
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Did you drain the water heater?? Make sure the bypass is like the lower picture in Herks attachment. If its not, water will sit on the valve and freeze and crack the valve.
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Some bypass systems only have 2 valves to turn and have a check valve on the output of the water heater, so you may be OK. Some have only 1 valve. My current RV has only 2 valves, my old RV had 3 valves.
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Some bypass systems only have 2 valves to turn and have a check valve on the output of the water heater, so you may be OK. Some have only 1 valve. My current RV has only 2 valves, my old RV had 3 valves.

Sunseeker has 3 valves--in, out, and bypass. For winter, in and out should be closed (perpendicular to the pipe) and bypass open (parallel to the pipe).


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