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Old 01-07-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Shut Off Positions and Winterizing

Hi,

All water has been removed and I want to add antifreeze.
Two Questions:

1) Should all of the pictured valve shut offs be placed in the opposite position of the picture?

2) If I attach a short hose on the outside faucet and put it in a gallon of antifreeze AND then turn on the water pump, will it flow through the entire system? The kitchen and bath faucets would be open.

This is on a 93 Excella.

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Old 01-07-2016, 09:55 AM   #2
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1) Should all of the pictured valve shut offs be placed in the opposite position of the picture?

You need to isolate the water heater so as not to waste gallons of antifreeze. Turn off the input and output. Leave the middle on.

2) If I attach a short hose on the outside faucet and put it in a gallon of antifreeze AND then turn on the water pump, will it flow through the entire system? The kitchen and bath faucets would be open.

The method I use to winterize is to disconnect the input side of the water pump, add a short piece of hose and pump in a antifreeze until it comes out of each water source. Don't forget the handheld shower and toilet.

This is done after blowing out the lines with compressed air thru the city inlet. Open up you low points of your water lines. These are probably in between your axles on the curb side.
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Thanks again! I see you answered my question on Facebook too.
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By you saying "the middle", do you mean the short pipe? That remains in the same pictured position and shut off the other two......correct?
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Correct. Open short pipe(bypass valve) and close the other two valves to the top and bottom of the water heater. In normal non winterizing use, the short pipe valve (bypass valve) should be closed(not open as in your picture) and the other two valves open.
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The 3 valves should never be all opened at the same time.
Top and bottom valves open, middle valve closed for normal operation-
top and bottom valves closed, middle valve open for winterizing with water heater having been drained-
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Thanks everyone. I have corrected it!
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