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Old 02-25-2016, 07:28 AM   #1
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Water Heater Refill?

Stupid question.... After I have drained the water heater for winterization, will it refill on its on when I connect a water supply? Or do I need to take a special step to fill it?

I know that I don't need to turn the water heater on until I know for sure that it's full (by checking the pressure relief valve).

When I did my PDI, the dealer had already filled the water heater and didn't go over the procedure.

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Old 02-25-2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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Just open your hot water faucets & leave them open until all the air bleeds out & they flow just steady water. Really do not need to check relief valve then, only if you want to.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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I'd strongly suggest ONLY using pressure relief valve to purge air and to fill water heater.
If you forget to switch your bypass valve opening a hot water tap may give you the illusion that hw tank is full.
We've also seen where the bypass handle turns but the the inner valve does not, then you think it's open when In fact it's not!


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Old 02-25-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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^^This. Don't forget to set the water heater bypass valves in the correct position so that the tank fills. Otherwise you will wonder why you can't get any hot water. Been there, done that.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:59 AM   #5
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Your water heater likely has 3 valves behind it to set it in winter bypass mode
or summer use mode.
Some units can do this with 2 or even 1 valve but 3 seems most popular.
These valves need to be turned to summer mode and the drain plug needs
to be re-installed in the tank as well. Some dealers put the drain plug
back in the tank after they winterize and some leave it out.

So you need the drain plug to be in place and the valves set to summer mode
then you can connect to city water (or put water in your fresh tank and
turn on the pump) and open a hot faucet and let all the air out until you
get water. Should take 2 or 3 minutes. If you only get a few seconds
of air and then water- the bypass valves are not correctly set for summer mode.

I'm sure someone will post a picture of the valves so stay tuned...
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:02 AM   #6
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First make sure your water heater by-pass valves are set correctly as shown below. Then open hot water faucet and wait until you have a steady stream of water coming out. As a second check, you can crack water heater relief valve to confirm water in water heater. Better be sure than sorry and have to replace heater element......also make sure your anode rod is in and tight.
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Just open your hot water faucets & leave them open until all the air bleeds out & they flow just steady water. Really do not need to check relief valve then, only if you want to.

IMO only I connect the water lines then open faucets and what I have found is if you open the relief valve every 30 seconds it helps to discard the air quicker and get the HWH full of water a little faster but I do it only to get mine heated a little faster, have been doing it for 3 years and works perfectly.


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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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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.
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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.

You are correct with the second scenario - I just blew out the lines, no antifreeze.
Thanks for the tip on the valves - I'll do that the next time.


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