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Old 10-17-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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whirlpool winterizing

Here is what I have done so far as winterizing the residential whirlpool.
Down by the drivers side rear wheel, I shut off the water, and unhooked the hose to the fridge, nothing really drain out. then I went to the fridge, put the bail down so it would fill with water, and make ice, made a few ice cubes, then tonight I put a glass by the dispenser, and nothing come out. I then unscrewed the filter in the fridge, replaced it with the bypass plug, and tried to dispense water but nothing come out. I also left the bail down, will check tomorrow if any water/cubes come out. I'm assuming all the water is out of the fridge, and hopefully the solenoid. I don't really want to put rv fluid in the fridge lines. Probably in a few days I will put rv fluid in all the lines and winterize the washer.

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Old 10-20-2016, 02:17 PM   #2
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whirlpool winterizing

Both DW and I still have full-time jobs. We have to store our RV for extended periods of time when our job demands. Because we are in the coastal part of Texas, there is a low risk of freezing the lines. (It rarely dips close to freezing here in the winter for more than a brief few hours). What we don't like is leaving stale city water in the lines and fridge in the 100F heat for several months in storage. These following steps could also be used to winterize.
1) remove water heater drain plug to empty tank, flush with the garden hose end wand to remove any scale and then replace plug.
2) hook up one of the air compressor garden hose fittings. Using regulated/reduced air pressure set to 35psi maximum, blow air into the city water connection.
3) Drain water lines as usual all sinks, shower & toilet.
4) At the fridge, keep filling a cup from the fridge water spout until mostly air comes out. (have a towel handy as air pressure blasts water towards the end)
5) To remove water still remaining in the tubing for the ice maker fill valve, leave the bail down and let it empty overnight.
6) Turn off air and remove garden hose adapter.
7) Open faucets to relieve air pressure remaining in the lines.
8) Remove the fridge filter and cap with the bypass plug.
Note: If relatively new fridge filter (less than 6 months in use) we store the RV filter fridge filter inside a ziploc bag and place it in the fridge inside our house to keep for next trip.
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