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Old 10-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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winterizing question

whats better? using compressed air to blow out the lines or using antifreeze to winterize the TT
i have tried both methods and find compressed air much faster
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Both equally effective.
Personal preference and available tools.

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #3
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Question....if you have water in your water pump and then only use air to blow out lines is there still water in your pump. I have always used anti freeze to make sure my pump was winterized too. Am I missing somerhing if I just went twith air? I could run the pump dry and then blow the lines but concerned that water may seep back into the pump flex tube line.
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Used the air compressor method on my previous TT and in 6 years never had an issue. All so have a houseboat and do the same. No problems. I drain the fresh water tank and then run the pump to flush any water thru the pump. Any that might be left doesn't cause any problems. Always by-pass the water heater before doing either. You drain it with the drain plug. You don't want to get pink stuff in the HW heater. Won't hurt the heater, but will be difficult to get flushed from your system next spring. Only use the pink stuff in the sink traps and toilet. Remember to blow out the toilet line and the outside shower.
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i have looked at some videos on youtube and they recommend to run your pump for about 30 seconds during the processes i guess to make sure the water pump is ampty
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I do both, blow out all the water with compressed air and then run antifreeze through.
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I think it really depends on where you live and how cold it gets.....a few days below freezing, or the entire winter never reaching above 0. We err on the side of caution and use anti-freeze.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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I use anti-freeze. Doesn't take all that long....

1) Ensure tanks drained.
2) Hot water bypass
3) Pump inlet hose into the antifreeze
4) Run all the taps till water turns pink.

Done
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I do both, blow out all the water with compressed air and then run antifreeze through.
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winterizing question

How do you blow out the water lines? I have a compressor, but how/where do you blow them out?
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