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Old 10-20-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hot Water By Pass Valves

I have a Mini Lite 2502KS and am not sure of valve positions should be in winterized mode. What is the correct valvewinterize positions in winterized mode?
Currently (summer position) the valve on the hot side is open. The valve on the cold side is open. The valve between hot and cold is closed.
I will be blowing out the water system (no antifreeze except for the drains).
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:32 AM   #2
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If you're not using antifreeze, then you shouldn't need to fiddle with the valves at all. The valves are there to prevent antifreeze from entering the water heater. Just make sure that you drain the water heater ---- blow it our well.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:45 AM   #3
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The correct position for the valve to be in bypass are:
Hot side-closed. Cold side-closed. Valve in between-open.
This configuration allows the piping to 'bypass' the WH and keeps liquid from entering.
you mentioned blowing out the system. Make sure you remove the WH drain plug (or anode rod) to remove the water from inside the tank.
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And an oddly familiar wh heater I might add!

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the help.
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If you're not using antifreeze, then you shouldn't need to fiddle with the valves at all. The valves are there to prevent antifreeze from entering the water heater. Just make sure that you drain the water heater ---- blow it our well.
Wrong on everything. You can't drain the hw heater unless you switch the valves unless you are trying to drain everything.

Winter bypass on your system is easy, just reverse each of the three valves. Then you can drain the hw heater tank. By switching the valves you can now use your water system without adding water to the hw heater tank.

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