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Old 04-30-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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When I first got my Airstream a couple of years ago, I hooked up the water and everything was good. But now, after restoration, I'm ready to hook up again. The only plumbing I've done is detach and reattach the kitchen faucet and the bathroom stool. My hot water tank doesn't work and I'm not going to replace it this year. So, my question: When I hook up the city water again to check my connections at the kitchen sink and toilet, do I have to do anything about the hot water heater? Should I be able to use the kitchen and bathroom faucets and toilet flush? Will the water just bypass the hot water tank? Thanks for any input!

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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If you haven't disconnected the hot water tank it should just fill with water normally and you will get cold water from it.. It will not bypass unless there is a bypass installed for that purpose.

If the system hasn't been used for a few years you might want to pressurize with air to check the tighness of the system before using water.

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Old 04-30-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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Make sure you do not have the power to the water heater turned on (if it is a dual mode heater} until the water heater is full of water. If you do use air to check for leaks make sure you turn the pressure regulator on the compressor down to 40 lb or so. Hook up 120lb of air to plumbing lines would not be good. I worked for a government agency one summer many years ago refurbishing house trailers before sending them out to flood victims in the lower Mississippi Delta. We checked all the plumbing in every trailer for leaks with air. A small leak in a copper line was easy to find. Just listen for a hissing sound.
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