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Old 02-25-2016, 10:22 PM   #11
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I winterized the unit myself, so the valves are all still in the same position as they were for summer camping. I simply pulled the anode rod to drain the tank.

Sounds like i just need to reconnect to city water, open a hot water tap, then confirm the tank is full via the pressure relief valve?


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Quick answer is YES.

HOWEVER: if you winterized by pumping antifreeze into the system, then you've likely got antifreeze in the water heater, since you say you didn't put the valves in the winter positions. You'll going to have to do some flushing of the water heater to get it out.

If you winterized by blowing out the lines, no antifreeze, then you should be OK. But next year, swap the valves, it will give you less volume to deal with when you blow out the lines.

X2, if you didn't switch the valves and used RV antifreeze & pumped it in you must have used at least 7-8 gallons??? Did you pull the drain plug before or after you winterized? If after, what color liquid came out of the HW heater? If it was pink, then you definitely got everything winterized. As already mentioned, just make sure you flush out the water heater real good in the spring.
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I used to run AF thru all my lines but this time with a brand new Roo I decided to empty HWH, empty water filter and push air thru entire system and not pump the pink stuff. All my lines and tanks are 100% dry however there is pink stuff in my tanks and P-Traps, I will sanitize before first use in the spring to make sure lines are ready for the season. I like this method not sure who else just runs everything dry but I hate the pink stuff sitting in all my lines, it does freeze a little when it gets really cold.


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Old 02-26-2016, 08:00 AM   #13
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I used to run AF thru all my lines but this time with a brand new Roo I decided to empty HWH, empty water filter and push air thru entire system and not pump the pink stuff. All my lines and tanks are 100% dry however there is pink stuff in my tanks and P-Traps, I will sanitize before first use in the spring to make sure lines are ready for the season. I like this method not sure who else just runs everything dry but I hate the pink stuff sitting in all my lines, it does freeze a little when it gets really cold.


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This is exactly what I do. We'll see if it worked later today - I'm heading out for the first trip of the year.


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Ahhhh......explains the lack of concern about how much antifreeze was goin in...
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:35 AM   #15
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I winterized the unit myself, so the valves are all still in the same position as they were for summer camping. I simply pulled the anode rod to drain the tank.

Sounds like i just need to reconnect to city water, open a hot water tap, then confirm the tank is full via the pressure relief valve?


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No, all you have to do is turn on the hot water faucets till they run steady with no air. You never need to fool with the pressure relief valve; that's all it is- a pressure relief valve.
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No, all you have to do is turn on the hot water faucets till they run steady with no air. You never need to fool with the pressure relief valve; that's all it is- a pressure relief valve.
This is true ONLY IF your bypass valves are in non-bypass summer mode.
If your valves are in bypass you will get water out of the hot faucet but
the water heater tank might very well still be empty.
We say this because it's too easy to forget to switch the bypass valves
or the dealer did the winterization and the owner is trying to get ready
for summer on their own.
Many electric water heater elements are burned out this way. It only takes
seconds to melt the element in an empty tank.

We recommend pulling the pressure relief valve because that is the only way
to be sure the water heater tank really is full of water.
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No, all you have to do is turn on the hot water faucets till they run steady with no air. You never need to fool with the pressure relief valve; that's all it is- a pressure relief valve.

Wrong, if by pass valves get forgotten about using a hw tap will give the allusion that water tank is full,
You should ALLWAYS use pressure relief valve to check if tank is full.


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Old 02-28-2016, 09:58 AM   #18
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X2 with opening the pressure relief valve to ensure all air is expelled and the tank is actually full that is what I do.
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