Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Country Coach Owners Forum
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-08-2016, 10:11 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
colo.kids's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Golden, CO
Posts: 109
Winterizing issue: faulty water heater bypass?

While doing my annual winterizing of our coach I was puzzled that though all the faucets and ice maker were closed the water pump when turned on drew up from the attached jug of RV antifreeze. Thinking the only place for the fluid to be going was into the water heater I then drained it and indeed found there was antifreeze in the water heater water. This was despite the fact the left value was properly set to "bypass". Could it be the valve is not functioning properly? This would seem to me to be extremely unlikely, but I can't understand how else the antifreeze could be getting into the water heater when the valve is thus set.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
__________________

__________________
Russ and Anita
2004 Country Coach Inspire 36ft Quad
2015 Jeep Cherokee CRD/diesel (in tow...we hope)
colo.kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-08-2016, 11:17 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 194
I have three valves to bypass my water heater. I need to close two of the values: inlet and outlet to the water heater and open the third to bypass mine.
__________________

__________________
CWJK55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2016, 11:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 2,090
IF you have a one valve system........ie: turn valve one way to allow water into WH or turn valve 90* to bypass WH then valve could be leaking by and water is going into WH thru cold inlet line OR bypass valve is working and water is backflowing into WH thru Hot outlet check valve

Turn to bypass.disconnect cold inlet at WH and then pump anti-freeze to se if it comes out cold inlet line.
If it does....then valve is issue
If it does NOT.then hot outlet check valve is issue


IF you have a 2 valve system........cold inlet closed/bypass open
Hot outlet check valve is most likely issue


3 valve system........cold/hot valves closed/bypass open
__________________
2007 Dodge 3500 w/Tractor Motor & NUWA 5vr
FT traveling Jan 2007 - Jan 2014
Still DEBT Free
Old-Biscuit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2016, 10:49 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
colo.kids's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Golden, CO
Posts: 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by CWJK55 View Post
I have three valves to bypass my water heater. I need to close two of the values: inlet and outlet to the water heater and open the third to bypass mine.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old-Biscuit View Post
IF you have a one valve system........ie: turn valve one way to allow water into WH or turn valve 90* to bypass WH then valve could be leaking by and water is going into WH thru cold inlet line OR bypass valve is working and water is backflowing into WH thru Hot outlet check valve

Turn to bypass.disconnect cold inlet at WH and then pump anti-freeze to se if it comes out cold inlet line.
If it does....then valve is issue
If it does NOT.then hot outlet check valve is issue


IF you have a 2 valve system........cold inlet closed/bypass open
Hot outlet check valve is most likely issue


3 valve system........cold/hot valves closed/bypass open
I have a one valve system. After doing your suggested tests I have confirmed the bypass is not working properly and will need to be replaced. Thanks for the help
__________________
Russ and Anita
2004 Country Coach Inspire 36ft Quad
2015 Jeep Cherokee CRD/diesel (in tow...we hope)
colo.kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
heat, heater, water, water heater, winter


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winterizing WITHOUT a water heater bypass ???? Karlos MH-General Discussions & Problems 9 10-09-2015 05:44 PM
Water Heater Bypass Valve Issue tjshively Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 18 03-28-2013 11:11 PM
Water Heater Bypass Valve Won't Bypass tomk52 Class A Motorhome Discussions 11 10-01-2012 07:22 PM
Winterizing Minnie - No HW Heater bypass Bondad Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 10-27-2011 03:13 PM
Water heater bypass during winterizing txdutt Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 15 12-16-2010 01:12 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.