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Thread: Closing w/ Heat Pump

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    Oct 2009
    Marriottsville, MD

    Closing w/ Heat Pump

    We have a heat pump in line with our returns, after our filter. When I closed recently of course I blew the return lines out, and I assumed that plus opening the drain plug should have taken care of the heat pump as well. Well, the drain plug on the heater is a sort of springy, retained drain plug, which, being unfamiliar with, led me to get the manual out. Then I found the manual says to disconnect the inlet and outlet pipes for winterizing. We do have unions there (although I currently have no tool big enough to grip them) but I don't see the need. Am I wrong? Should I really disconnect the heater there?

    22.5k gal. (est.) IG Dark Plaster Pool (2007)
    Jandy Stealth SHPM 2.0HP Pump ~100gpm
    Jandy CL460 Cartridge Filter
    Polaris 9300 Bot/Cleaner
    Jandy AE-Ti AE2000T Heat Pump

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    May 2007
    South Central NJ

    Re: Closing w/ Heat Pump

    An oil filter wrench works and is inexpensive. Look like an oversized channel lock. Another alternative is a strap wrench but sometimes the unions are too low to the ground to get the strap under it. Don't leave too large a gap since you don't want dirt or animals getting in. Just enough for the water to leave. I usually thread the coupling about a 1/2 to 3/4 turn to keep crud out and let any water drip.

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    Re: Closing w/ Heat Pump

    typically we use strap wrenches or channel locks (the big channel locks)
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