We also have a laundry unit, is there anything we have to do other than filling the washer lines with anti freeze to prepare it for winter?
dickhix1 wrote:As Wayne said the procedure is about the same except for perhaps if you have an ice maker in your refer or have a washing machine. By-pass the water heater and drain it then fill all the pipes with the good pink stuff. Because I have an ice maker and washer, it takes me about 4 - 4.5 gallons.
The drain hose from you washer will hold water. Our washer has a drain for the hose and low points on the lower front - but some models may not. I still like to let a little antifreeze go into the washer to protect the pump and mix with any water left in the pump drain hose.
I use compressed air to blow the water lines out first - I like to get as much out before putting antifreeze in as possible.
Our CC has a valve and hose on the water pump that allows us to feed pink stuff into the system by bypassing the water tank pick-up. I just pour about 4 gallons of pink stuff into a clean five gallon bucket and poke the bypass hose into the liquid. Once I get pink at all the faucets, toilet, shower and washer I cut the pump off and drain the pink stuff from the low point drains back into a clean bucket. No need to leave it in the water lines or big water filter housing. I can reuse what I capture from the drain again. This way I only lose about a gallon of antifreeze each year.
I once "forgot" to drain the outside shower lines - that was a big mistake. As noted, bypass the water heater and drain it leaving the drain open. We have never been lucky enough to have an ice maker but do have a fancy filter for drinking water at the sink. It uses twin cartridges that run about $50. Fortunately, I can remove the cartridges and take them into the house without ruining them with pink stuff.
I hate to winterize - it is such a sad event. Like Harold said, I would like to just move further south in the winter and forget the pink stuff. December to March is a Loooooong time. Maybe this year we will only need to winterize for a few weeks between late November and mid-January. The kids still expect us to be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.