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Old 11-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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low point drains

Hey all, just wondering, a close friend told me I should leave my low point drains open all winter. I have never heard of that before. I just assumed that after you drained them they would fill up with antifreeze when the antifreeze is added through the water pump. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-01-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I would not leave them open.
Have you checked to see if there is AF in the drain yet?
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No, I plan to winterize it tomorrow.
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Ah, very good.
Put in a gallon or so and then check the low points.
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Hey all, just wondering, a close friend told me I should leave my low point drains open all winter. I have never heard of that before. I just assumed that after you drained them they would fill up with antifreeze when the antifreeze is added through the water pump. Any thoughts?

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IF you just blow out to winterize you CAN leave your low point drains open but not neccssary. IF you use anti-freeze, then you MUST close the drains otherwise the anti-freeze will be expelled.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #6
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We pretty much don't have "winters" here in So Cal so I leave my low point drains open. One thing I did find out on my last outing (only two outings so far) is that the blue drain is the hot and the red is the cold.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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After I blow my lines and add antifreeze through the pump, I release the pressure and drain the lines of whatever antifreeze might come out. Might sound like a waste, but I know whatever is in the lines is antifreeze, and the lines don't need to be full to be protected. I then cap the lines to keep bugs and such out. If you don't want to drain the lines, I would at least release the pressure.
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