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Heli_av8tor

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Winterizing Problem
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:09:36 PM »
First time winterizing and not sure what is happening. Hope I'm just doing something wrong, but I suspect the check valve on the water heater may be bad. Though there's been no signs of that in use.

I opened all low point drains and drained the water heater. Then I blew compressed air into the water heater, and city water hook up. I closed all valves and set the water heater bypass to "bypass". I left the WH plug out.

I have a winterizing valve at the water pump and used it to draw antifreeze from a gallon jug. It sucked in 1-3/4 gallons without building enough pressure to shut off. Then antifreeze started coming out the WH drain. I put the plug in and started a fresh gallon with no signs of slowing down. I'm sure the WH tank is filling up.

Suggestions?
Tom & Theresa
2004 Pace Arrow 37C
Workhorse W22, 8.1 Vortec
2014 Honda CR-V Toad, Roadmaster -5 Base and tow bar
SMI Stay and Play Duo Brake system

Rene T

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 06:25:31 PM »
I would say that the check valve is bad on the hot side. There may also be one on the cold side but that one would not cause your problem. Is that the backside of your heater in the picture?  I've never seen one with the hot and cold fittings so close to each other.
Put the valve in bypass and try to blow air through the lines. If you get air out of the heater drain, it's the check valve. Try tapping it with a hammer. It may seat temporarily but it would still need to be replaced next spring or now.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2017, 06:27:50 PM by Rene T »
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
AKA  Pep N Mem
2011 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD 4X4
2011 Montana High Country 343RL
From the Granite State of NH
& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

Heli_av8tor

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 07:31:20 PM »
The picture is looking forward in the compartment immediately behind the WH. The WH connections are on the back of the heater.

Thanks for the tip on testing the check valve.

It has flex hoses connecting the WH to the PEX. I had to replace these last spring right after I got the coach. Access is a hinged door under the coach about 5" x 16". Can only get one arm in at a time and stubby wrenches rule. Whoever designed this should be strung up. I dread getting started...

Tom
Tom & Theresa
2004 Pace Arrow 37C
Workhorse W22, 8.1 Vortec
2014 Honda CR-V Toad, Roadmaster -5 Base and tow bar
SMI Stay and Play Duo Brake system

Heli_av8tor

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 07:28:52 PM »
I pressurized the hot side by putting a blow nozzle on a low-point drain and air flowed the wrong way through the check valve escaping through the WH pop-off valve.

This valve is connected to the PEX tubing on one side and a flex hose to the WH on the other. I was able to get the flex hose off and operate the plunger of the valve manually. After popping it a few times it held pressure. So I reassembled and the system works fine.

Must have been a piece of crud stuck in it.
Tom & Theresa
2004 Pace Arrow 37C
Workhorse W22, 8.1 Vortec
2014 Honda CR-V Toad, Roadmaster -5 Base and tow bar
SMI Stay and Play Duo Brake system

Rene T

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 08:13:00 PM »
So I reassembled and the system works fine.

Must have been a piece of crud stuck in it.

You may find that it will fail again. I would attempt to change it before you start camping again.
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
AKA  Pep N Mem
2011 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD 4X4
2011 Montana High Country 343RL
From the Granite State of NH
& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

Heli_av8tor

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 08:29:02 PM »
You may be right but Iím going to chance it. I couldnít get enough leverage to unscrew the fittings. If it fails Iíll have to find a way.
Tom & Theresa
2004 Pace Arrow 37C
Workhorse W22, 8.1 Vortec
2014 Honda CR-V Toad, Roadmaster -5 Base and tow bar
SMI Stay and Play Duo Brake system

Rene T

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Re: Winterizing Problem
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 06:49:49 AM »
You may be right but Iím going to chance it. I couldnít get enough leverage to unscrew the fittings. If it fails Iíll have to find a way.

You know if it happens again, it will be at a time when it's least expected.  It will happen when you're using the rig. One thing for sure, it won't happen when you're not using it.  :o ::) ;)
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
AKA  Pep N Mem
2011 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD 4X4
2011 Montana High Country 343RL
From the Granite State of NH
& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

 

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