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Old 01-08-2015, 09:56 PM   #1
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No water from fresh water tank

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We've been full-time in our Airstream for one week today! We've achieved the dream of a lifetime! However, being in Missouri in these terribly low temps has been quite a challenge for us. Our current spot has a broken spigot so we've been using our fresh water tank for water. We also assumed this would be best for the freezing temps as well. We had water for two days until last night. Then things got crazy. Last night during dinner, the water pump started getting loud and then wouldn't shut off. Now, we have no water from the fresh water tank at all.

We've been all over the forum trying to diagnose the problem. We've filled the fresh water tank to capacity. We've unhooked the tank from the water pump and pumped using a short hose into a bucket and the water pump worked so we know it's not the water pump. We've checked the filter at the pump and seems ok. There is a possibility we're frozen somewhere from the tank to the pump but we can't seem to figure out how to access anything to check.

We currently have our Dyson heater blowing into the cabinetry with all of the drawers out and cabinets open. Still no water.... We are completely stumped at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated! This site has been so great in keeping us knowledgable and motivated.

Thank you in advance.

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Have you tried opening all the faucets to see if the pump will lift the water?
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Yes, we've had all of the faucets open with the pump on. We've also opened them with it off as I read in another post that that can relieve pressure. Still nothing.
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How cold for how long?

Was the tank empty?, if so and the pump still won't shut off, you probably have a leak somewhere. It could also be a giant bubble in the line if you ran it dry.

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Put your FURNACE on HIGH...
yup.. sounds like a freeze somewhere.. bummer... hope you got to it before it does damage...

Can you access the pump output side, open the faucet and blow into it to see if you can move any air at all? don't use compressed air... that might cause other issues.

If you can move air in the pipe then there is hope for no blockage...

just to be clear.. the pump does pump water from the tank... correct?

Oh, and to blow into the line, if you have the kit for adding RV fresh water antifreeze, you could just attach it and see if that works.
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We've been below freezing for a few days now. Yesterday was 8 with a low of 4. Today we're back up to 30. The tank was 3/4 full when the pump wouldn't stop. We read in other posts that empty fresh water could cause this so we ran out to try to fill again. Thought maybe sensor was way off. After only 30 seconds the tank started pushing water back out of the fill inlet so we can only assume it is still full? No water under trailer.
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We hooked up the short hose we use for antifreeze onto the inlet side, pumped water from a bucket and water came out of the faucets. Should we still try the output side? It seems like something going wrong between the tank and the pump?
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sounds like a frozen line.. since you have hopefully eliminated Bob's excellent recommendation by running the pump and getting water from the tank..
edit.. ignore above.. your previous post cleared that the lines are clear...
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Sounds like a frozen line or empty water tank.
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Hi, I have no idea what their problem is, but when I was in South Dakota in October, I ran my furnace 24 hours a day. Our low was zero and our high was 27 degrees. A portable heater won't get where your furnace will. You might have a frozen in-let pipe from your fresh water tank.
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Water freezes from the top down. The tank could have a layer of ice near the top and be empty below.
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Hi, I have no idea what their problem is, but when I was in South Dakota in October, I ran my furnace 24 hours a day. Our low was zero and our high was 27 degrees. A portable heater won't get where your furnace will. You might have a frozen in-let pipe from your fresh water tank.
Hi! We've had the furnace on the entire time we've been here. Couldn't have lived without it. The electric heater is just supplemental and currently aimed into the cabinetry where the fresh water tank resides.
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