Water Heaters, Dry winterizing, Fridge Pulling, and Blow Pugs
Well, I'm back from my 4 day work session on the trailer...full of questions and aches and pains...I'm not as young as I used to be!!!
Winterizing: I chose the air compressor route. Everything I've read says open up the drain on the water heater and then blow out the lines...well when I pulled the plug on the water heater, I got waves of air and water out of the water heater drain, but nothing out of the hot water faucets. When I replugged the water heater drain, I got air water/air through the hot water faucets. So I said okay, I don't want water in either and ended up plugging the water heater and blowing out the lines, then opening up the plug, shut the taps and blew out the water heater. What's the story here?
By the way. Blow plug, shmo plug! You'd think they'd make some stuff standard on everything, now wouldn't you? Not so! The lowly blow plug I bought to winterize the trailer didn't fit!!! I thought surely, all garden hose male plugs would be the same... wouldn't you? So I had to make one out of two different sized pieces of tubing to jam in the hole of the trailer at one end and stick onto the tip of my air nozzle at the other. By the way, again...I had to get 60 lbs pressure before I could get air through the system...I know 30 is recommended, but 60 is what it took.
Water heater: I have the G6A Atwood heater...Last time we stayed in the trailer, I cleaned out the orifice in the pilot tube and got the heater to work well. This time, not so much...The furnace won't light or if it does it won't stay lit, and the exhaust when it does work seems too black, such that it blackens the side of the trailer with soot. So what's the wisdom of the group here? Should I replace the whole control box, thermocouple and pilot vent tube, or just the thermocouple and pilot vent?
The week wasn't a complete failure, I caulked a lot, re-fiberglassed the broken A/C cowling, fixed both doors, including a broken window in one of the doors, and pulled the fridge, which, thanks to the help of this wonderful club went "swimmingly". Thanks again for your wise and spot on help!!!
Permanently situated in Charlotte County VA