I have a Woodford Iowa Y1 yard hydrant installed in my barn. My wife used it this morning, and it worked, but this evening the handle won't come up...the rod is locked up tight.
My first thought was that it didn't drain back and froze, but I can blow air through the spout, and the only place it can go is through the drain hole. It has been cold, but not like last year, or the year before. I installed it myself, backfilled around the drain with pea gravel, and given the fact that it's in the barn....well I'm having a hard time accepting that it would drain back.
The only thing different that I can think of is that my wife only ran about a pint of water (she filled her water bottle), normally we would run a minimum of 10 gal at a time, so any ice from the prior time would flush out. Since it was -13, I'm wondering if I just have some ice build up that locked the valve in place...since the drain hole appears to be clear.
Anybody have anybody ever had this happen? I have 5 Woodford Iowa's and have never had one single problem.
I guess the strange part to me is that I can blow air through to the drain hole.