Help! Epic fail trying to winterize 21SS
Tried to winterize my 21SS this afternoon with no success. I followed all the instructions in the owner's manual & the separate winterizing instructions, plus all the hints here. Opened the low point drain & drained the lines, then closed the drains. Turned the valves to bypass the HW heater. Connected a piece of hose to the antifreeze input & put the other end of the hose in the jug of antifreeze. Made sure the valve to the antifreeze input was open & the valve to the fresh water tank was closed. Turned the pump on & opened the cold water faucets. Nothing happened.
The instructions said it would take several minutes for the antifreeze to start flowing through the lines since the pump had to prime so we waited. Nothing happened.
Thought maybe it would help to prime the pump so I stuck a funnel in the end of the line going into the antifreeze inlet & poured about a cup or so of antifreeze in. That amount eventually drained. Poured about the same amount in a second time. It never drained.
Stuck the line back in the jug of antifreeze, checked the valves, turned the pump on, opened the faucets, and waited. And waited. And waited. Nothing happened.
Decided I'd do it the "old fashioned way" like I did with the PUP. Poured 2
gallons of AF into the fresh water tank. Switched the valves around. (Antifreeze inlet closed, fresh water tank open.) Turned the pump on. Opened the faucets. Nothing happened.
Added 2 more gallons of AF to the fresh water tank just in case there wasn't enough for the pump to work. Still nothing.
When I turned the pump on, I could hear it running but the tone never changed. When I opened the faucets, I would have expected the tone to change since it was getting a demand but it didn't.
I turned the pump on when we had the low point drains open & that did send a little more water out the lines so it appeared to be working.
I'm stumped. Unless the pump isn't working properly, I don't know what was wrong. Really hate to have to take it to the dealer to get it winterized. That's about a 2-hour drive & not sure what they will charge.
Ann ("Older than springtime, younger than dirt.")
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