With winter arriving, you’ll want to get your equipment ready for harsher conditions. Among those: freezing temperatures.
While you prepare your equipment for winter, it’s a good time to fully inspect it as well. Also, examine your supplies to make sure you have spare parts on hand when spring arrives.
Different Antifreeze Colors
Don’t rely on color to determine the type of antifreeze needed for winterizing your equipment.
Color of antifreeze doesn’t guarantee the type of antifreeze. For instance, conventional antifreeze is green in color, but “hybrid” antifreeze/coolant can come in green, too.
Types of Antifreeze
Generally, there are three types of antifreeze.
1. Antifreeze with organic acid technology, or OAT. This type of antifreeze offers protection against corrosion and “extended life” to your equipment.
2. Antifreeze with inorganic acid technology, or IAT. This type of antifreeze slows corrosion.
3. Antifreeze that is a hybrid of both of those, or HOAT.
Use RV antifreeze for winterizing your sprayer. Mix with water so that you have a 50-50 solution. Read the container for guidelines, and read your sprayer manual for specific directions.
(In most cases, antifreeze can be collected and recycled for a few years.)
Follow Antifreeze Directions
The manufacturer will likely have recommendations regarding which type of antifreeze to use. Read the labels on your equipment and match it to what the antifreeze labels list for recommended uses.
Also, when antifreeze deteriorates, it can cause corrosion. Be sure to flush your system regularly. Replace the antifreeze according to the owner’s manual.
Drain the old antifreeze, flush with water, warm up the engine, flush with water again, and then add new antifreeze.