Using your RV may require you with extra work and care since you are driving your home with you. Keep in mind the maintenance you put in your house—what more on your RV. Because you are trying to fit the comforts of your home in a smaller space, you get to be more cramped for the sake of being mobile. You will encounter the same problems you face in your house, this time on your RV. Winter will usually be the toughest season for your RV, since you are braving the weather with mobile versions of protecting it. One way of making sure you are prepared is by understanding your water heater and making sure you are a step ahead of potential hassles. Bypassing a water heater will help you save money as you do not need put additional non toxic antifreeze and will prevent damage to your water tank or heater during winter when water freezes and expands. You can follow the simple steps to allow you to install your water heater bypass kit.
- Be sure to turn off the water supply input and the included water pump. You can let go of built up pressure by turning on your water faucet. Now you are ready to drain.
- To drain the tank, remove the drain valve. You may want to make sure the heater is not under pressure and the temperature is not hot, to avoid accidents.
- Make sure you are able to work in a cramped place since you are working on your RV.
- You will find that the cold water line of your heater is usually above the hot water line. The cold one is usually colored blue, while the hot water line is colored red. This is done for easy recognition. Check heater manual to be sure.
- You need to remove both pipes (red and blue) from the fittings. You may need to loosen the tightening nuts for this task, so be sure to have the proper sized tool.
- Follow the instructions on your kit to install the bypass properly. Keep in mind that different models will provide you with different set of instructions.
- Connect the valves appropriately. The main point is to ensure bypassing the water supply to the tank.
- You need to reinstall the valves of the hot and cold waterlines you removed earlier along with the proper fittings.
- It’s now time to refill the tank with water and bring back the pressure. In this step, you may also check for leaks and spills you may have caused during the installation. Repair accordingly.
Winterize your RV. You are now set to use your newly modified water heating system. Be sure to use the winterizing kit that will suit your needs for the job. If this is too much of a task for you, ask help from professionals and research more in the Internet before plunging yourself in this task. Remember that you will be able to save money when you bypass your water heater, so it won’t be bad to spend for it as well. You are now ready to use your RV. Drive safely and enjoy.