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Old 05-06-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Issues de-winterizing my hot water heater

You guys helped me out with my leaking toilet valve and after spending $20 for a new valve, it works great! I donít have any local dealers and I am supposed to take a trip on Memorial Day weekend and I have no hot water! Maybe you can help me again.
Last fall I diverted the water from the heater and drained the water out.
This spring, I tried to reverse the process, but the water wasnít flowing into the heater and back. If I turn the valve on the diverter line, that worked again.
As I was turning the 2 valves clock and counter clockwise, I proceeded to break one off where the arrow is. I think I got it back popped on, but with no water flowing, itís hard to tell.
Another weird thing is I was thinking it might be pressure in the heater and when I took the plug out, pressured water came shooting out (Yes, all over me). I know it was drained in the fall!
I hope this made sense.


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Old 05-06-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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One of my valves broke last year when I was de-winterizing last spring on my 2011 X213. Had the same issue that you have. I had my dealer replace the valve under warranty when I took the TT in for some other work. You could order a new valve and replace it yourself.


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Old 05-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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Agree, valve is likely stuck closed. They are easy to replace
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:16 PM   #4
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Agreed, I broke one last year. Do a youtube search for working with PEX. Lots of good video's out there.
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Plan on replacing the pipe clamp(s) as well. The factory pinch clamps are really single use. ( and a pain to get off )
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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as to the pressure open a hot water faucet and make sure to switch the valves without pressure from pump or hose they move easier that way
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jmooney View Post
Plan on replacing the pipe clamp(s) as well. The factory pinch clamps are really single use. ( and a pain to get off )

..... and it takes a special tool to crimp those PEX pinch clamps. You may have to apply a little heat (cigarette lighter works) to the plastic tubing to get it off the old valve.


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Old 05-06-2014, 07:46 PM   #8
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I would replace it with a shark bite valve, very easy fix just cut both ends at current valve with a pex cutter, after cut measure back 1 inch on pex and mark so you know it's pushed on all the way and push on new valve till you can't see your mark and your done, 2 minute project. I have used these for 5 years now on my home pex system with no problems or leaks with being under pressure 24/7
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:55 AM   #9
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I just ran into a broken valve on my 19H. What size Shark Bite Valve do I need for those lines?
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:02 AM   #10
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When we de-winterized we didn't have a problem until we heated up the water heater then one of our valves started spraying all over. Hubby put the same valve as Livinglife showed. Original were plastic, this one should be better and we have no leaks now.

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