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#10229 - 11/26/12 02:54 PM Antifreeze in the water heater?
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I winterized my travel trailer this weekend and forgot to bypass the water heater when pumping the antifreeze through the lines. I figure I put at most a half gallon into the heater.

However, when I removed the heater's drain plug once I realized my mistake, nothing came out... just a blast of air (I had closed the shutoffs).

So... because no antifreeze came out of the drain hole, am I safe? Or, did some get in there, and its just not enough to pour out? And, if some did get in there, is this going to a problem for the heater in the spring, or will flushing it real good take care of it?
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#10231 - 11/26/12 04:51 PM Re: Antifreeze in the water heater? [Re: BCM]
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Did you leave the plug on the tank open?

When I winterize mine, I just drain the tank and leave the plug out.

I do in fact run some antifreeze into the tank and then drain it out.

I would just worry that any water would get trapped in between your shutoffs and bypass, thats the only issue I would worry about.

Other than that I dont see any issues with it... Anyone else agree / disagree ?
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#10236 - 11/27/12 09:21 AM Re: Antifreeze in the water heater? [Re: BCM]
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Good point.

I had the plug in (even though it was drained). I did leave it out until spring. Thanks.
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