Frequently Asked Questions
What is required to install the Freeze Miser?
Installation of the Freeze Miser requires threading to a faucet, hose, or another device securely and opening the water supply valve to full open. Check to ensure that the Freeze Miser connection to the device is secure, and no seepage is around the threads. If placed on the end of a hose, the Freeze Miser should be off the ground enough not to sense any temperature feedback other than the hose water temperature.
Why might the Freeze Miser drip when first installed or reinstalled?
If exposed to ambient air below 37°F/3°C before actual installation, the Freeze Miser may be in the open position. The Freeze Miser will immediately release water after the initial installation and continue discharging water for 2-5 until sensing the water temperature being released. After this self-adjustment, the Freeze Miser will release water below 37°F/3°C to protect the exposed piping and/or faucet from freezing.
The Freeze Miser will only protect the supply piping furnishing water directly to the Freeze Miser. A pipe that is an offshoot of the same pipe or hose offers no protection because there is no way to purge the water as it approaches freezing temperatures. Each faucet requires a Freeze Miser for freeze prevention.
We recommend yearly testing of the Freeze Miser before installation. Place the Freeze Miser in the freezer for an hour, remove and quickly install on an outdoor faucet. Turn the water supply valve to a fully open position. Water discharges thru the Freeze Miser at a maximum rate for 2-5 minutes. The Freeze Miser will automatically close the water release port until the water temperature falls below 37°F/3°C. The Freeze Miser will only resume the drip rate’s autoregulation if the water temperature drops below 37°F/3°C.
How much water will it drip?
Many factors contribute to the water release rate and include ambient air temperature, length of pipe protected, supply water temperature at the source, etc. After installation, the Freeze Miser is water temperature-sensitive, releasing water that is 37°F/3°C or less, even if the ambient air temperature does not reflect the water’s temperature. NOTE: As the water temperature fluctuates, the Freeze Miser automatically regulates the drip-rate.
Can I hook it up to my water hose?
Many customers use the Freeze Miser to protect their hose from freezing.
Will it work at -20°F?
Will it protect pipes or hoses that do not directly supply water to the Freeze Miser?
It will not. A hose or pipe branched off the main pipe protected by the Freeze Miser has no freeze protection because the water released by the Freeze Miser is not released from that portion of the piping. For freeze protection, that piping requires a Freeze Miser at the discharge end also.
How do I know if it is working or not?
Ambient air temperature of say 28°F may take a while to chill the water within the Freeze Miser to its activation temperature of just under 37°F/3°C.
Why does the faucet on the south side of my house drip less than the faucet on the house's north side?
What factor does groundwater temperature have on the drip from the Freeze Miser?
The actual groundwater temperature, before being exposed to ambient air at the surface, can make a substantial difference in the water the Freeze Miser will release, all other factors being the same, i.e. Air temperature, wind, etc. With groundwater temperature of 55°F – 65°F the Freeze Miser will release less water than if groundwater is 45°F. It is possible that if the ambient air temperature is above 37°F/3°C, the Freeze Miser may still release water because the water it is sensing is less than 37°F/3°C.
Can you adjust the settings of the Freeze Miser to drip more?
No, there is not an adjustment mechanism on the Freeze Miser. To adjust will void the warranty.
What happens if it fails? How do I know if it fails?
If the Freeze Miser fails, it falls back to its “fail-safe” mode, which means it will continuously release water above 37°F/3°C. This would ensure that your faucet/hose is still protected in a freezing situation, and after it is evident that it not cold, you have notification that it needs replacing.
Can the Freeze Miser be facing upwards and still work?
The Freeze Miser should be horizontal or vertical, with the small brass end pointed downward in the upright position.
Will it work on a Y connection, where I have my water hose on one side and the Freeze Miser on the other?
Yes, and it will protect the faucet, but not protect the hose on the other outlet. Either take the hose off or put another Freeze Miser on the hose end and make sure both valves on the Y and the faucet are all opened.
Does my faucet need to be turned all the way on?
Yes, and the Freeze Miser requires at least 10 PSI water pressure. This ensures that when the Freeze Miser opens to allow 37°F/3°C water to be released, there is enough water pressure to release as required.
Will water quality affect the ability to function properly?
Based on potential water quality problems, i.e., rust, scale, sand, or other impurities, it may be necessary at regular intervals to check the Freeze Miser for this issue. After removing the Freeze Miser, look inside the threaded end for anything visible. Wipe with a cloth, blow out with air, and if satisfied, it is clean, reinstall. If the particulate matter is wedged between the stainless-steel rod and the seals, subject the Freeze Miser to ice water until the stainless-steel rod is recessed away from the seal. Immediately place on an outdoor faucet and open the valve allowing the pressured water to flush any additional particulate from the Freeze Miser.