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Old 11-09-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Water Heater Winterization

New FR3 owner, trying to nail down the winterization process specifically for the water heater part of it. I live in Georgia and I'm going to blow the lines clear of water with air compressor. I think I understand that part fairly well.

With regards to draining the water heater. I have some questions on how to set the valves in the lines.

My understanding is that the red and blue lines should be open, meaning the valves run parallel with the lines, and the bypass would be closed and perpendicular to the line. To drain and winterize, you turn them opposite their active positions.

That brings me to my question...
Oddly, my hot water (red line) valve only delivers hot water when it's in the OFF position (running perpendicular to the line).

I'm totally lost on what to do with the bypass and how to turn off my hot/cold lines. I have an educated guess what to do, but would like to see SIMPLY just a diagram.

Can anyone post some pics or point me to a diagram of the on positions for the water line valves?

Thanks
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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The water heater should have a plug/drain directly on the outside of it. It'll either be metal and have an anode rod behind it or an plastic plug. Either way, you want to take off the pressure using the relief valve and then open the drain.
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Valve-wise, you want it in normal operating positions. You drain it via the external plug and then bypass it to blow out the lines.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:58 AM   #4
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Here is diagram of valve set up:
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If you aren't going to put antifreeze in the lines, you should still put antifreeze in the traps. I leave a thermometer in our Sunseeker and found that the inside temperature gets as low as the outside temperature. It's under an uninsulated metal roof with three sides (open to the east) and it gets as hot as it does outside, too.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:20 AM   #6
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Success. I was able to drain the water heat by removing abode rod. And cleared the kind using the by pass. Just in time too it's going down to 24 tomorrow night. Thanks all. And for the pic too
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