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Old 05-20-2013, 12:28 AM   #11
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Thank you I'm leaving it overnight. This is what I'm confused about. I put the valves back into the position they should be for use. No wate goes into the water hheater until I open the bypass valve. Won't hot and cold water be mixing with this open? I've never even used the trailer yet so I don't know if I had hot water before winterizing.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:35 AM   #12
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Thank you I'm leaving it overnight. This is what I'm confused about. I put the valves back into the position they should be for use. No wate goes into the water hheater until I open the bypass valve. Won't hot and cold water be mixing with this open? I've never even used the trailer yet so I don't know if I had hot water before winterizing.
I gather you have a single valve system. (like the photo).

You only get two choices with that type. Bypass (up) and NORMAL (in line with cold water hose.

There is a one way check valve at the top of the tank that prevents water from going into the tank using the top hose and the valve is bored with a "T" that blocks the vertical pipe when aligned with the cold water line and blocks the tank inlet when aligned "UP".
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #13
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No its three valves. Hot cold and middle bypass. All have to be OPEN for water to go into hit water tank otherwise the pump just runs and no water goes in.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #15
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I know but water will not go to my hot water tank until I open the middle valve.
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I know but water will not go to my hot water tank until I open the middle valve.
Do you have pressure relief valve open for air to escape?
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Definitely at home. Took us almost an entire day with filling the water tank, bleaching, dumping, filling, etc. Plus we needed a new anode rod, so we replaced that right away. To do this at a dump station at a campground would take way too much time and would certainly anger everyone in line behind you. Better to do at home where you have the time, the room and the resources.

we drink water from our tank all season and we only sanitize it once at the beginning of the season. We're lucky that we have an abundance of clear, safe, water here in Wisconsin.
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The pressure relief valve was open. No water goes in.
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The pressure relief valve was open. No water goes in.
Let me get my head around this. You have a 3 valve system but no water will enter the water heater when the top and bottom valves are open and the middle one is closed. Is that right?

Try it with the top and bottom valves open (handles in line with pipe) and the middle one closed (handle cross wise) and see if you get water out of the hot water taps. It should fill the water heater's tank if you open a hot water tap. Opening the pressure relief will vent air to more quickly fill the tank, but it will fill just fine with a tap open.

Opening the bypass will, well, bypass the water heater. This typically results in cool or luke warm water due to the mixing of hot water coming out of the tank and cold water coming up the bypass tube.
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You are right. When the bypass is closed and I try to use hot water I get a trickle. I tried I the heater tonight with all valves open and I don't know how but I have hot water. Is it possible for this valve to have been installed the wrong way?
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