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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-20-2015, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Frozen Hot Water Heater

Can you give me some advice? I have a property that has a frozen hot water heater and i'm suppose to do the winterization. They want me to thaw out the hot water heater, does anyone have and suggestions on what is the easiest way to do this? How do you thaw your properties?
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Its likely split wide open. Could take days to thaw....
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Put a 175k BTU torpedo on it and go sit in truck, come back in 3-4 hrs .
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What type of water heater is it?

I have relit the pilot light on natural draft water heaters if there is gas on or propane in the tank. A power vent requires the gas and electric to be on.

If it's electric and the electric is on, just flip the breaker back on.

For what its worth, I don't think its possible to fully thaw a completely frozen water here in a few hours.

I have thawed and heated houses in other fashions too, but I won't post those procedures on the open forum.



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If the water heater is frozen solid

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What type of water heater is it?

I have relit the pilot light on natural draft water heaters if there is gas on or propane in the tank. A power vent requires the gas and electric to be on.

If it's electric and the electric is on, just flip the breaker back on.

For what its worth, I don't think its possible to fully thaw a completely frozen water here in a few hours.

I have thawed and heated houses in other fashions too, but I won't post those procedures on the open forum.
flipping the breaker back on can be dangerous, as the thermostat and TP release may not not function properly. I know it can be done, and I am not saying it's wrong. Just a word of caution. Also powering a single element in the heater with 120V from your generator will run the element at 1/4 power, and thaw it more slowly and safely. A typical 3750 watt element will run at 950 watts, and not flash steam in the small cavity of liquid water around the element like it will running at full power.
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As mtmtmman said, it is likely split...so be ready to deal with the water once it starts to thaw.

If truly frozen solid it WILL take awhile to thaw.

I once removed a water heater that was still frozen nearly solid in early June.
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