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Know Exactly How To Shut Off Your Water Heater When It Starts Acting Up!
One of the most frequent questions we get from customers at Horizon is “How do I turn off my water heater?” This is something EVERY homeowner should know how to do. If your water heater is overheating, making strange noises or performing unusually, it’s extremely important that you do not allow it to run.
The longer your water heater continues running, the worse the problem could get and the more likely that you are going to have leakage, flooding or worse. Even if you have called a plumbing contractor to come look at the problem, it is still better if you can turn off your gas or electric hot water heater before the technician arrives to look at your appliance.
How to Shut Down Gas or Electric Water Heaters
1. Stop the Gas or Electricity
If you have a gas system, twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position. For electric hot water heaters, switch the circuit breaker for the water heater to the OFF position.
2. Turn Off the Water Supply
Turn the handle on the water valve CLOCKWISE until it stops. If the water does not stop, turn off the main water valve for the entire house.
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3. Drain the Water Heater
Attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Run the other end of the hose to a lower place where you can drain rusty, hot water without causing damage. Open a hot water faucet in the house to let air into the tank.
4. Open the Relief Valve
Flip the handle so it is sticking straight out or up. (CAUTION: Scalding hot water).
How Often Should I Drain My Water Heater?
If you feel comfortable performing maintenance on your system without a professional, it is recommended to drain water from your water heater tank every three months to prevent sediment build-up and improve performance and energy-efficiency. In addition, a professional plumber can help you shut down your hot water heater and drain the water tank.
Before draining your water heater, you DEFINITELY must turn it off to avoid the risk of scalding or electrocution. Whether you use a gas water heater or an electric water heater, follow these instructions any time you need to shut off your water heater. Use the tips below to see where on your water heater you can expect to perform each of these functions.
Water Heater Repair & Replacement Services
If you need assistance with troubleshooting a malfunctioning hot water heater, give our team a call at 1-800-642-4419 to book an appointment. Our team provides exceptional water heater repair and water heater replacement services for homeowners in your local area.
Our staff have the tools necessary to deactivate and inspect your hot water heater. Our licensed plumbers are committed to helping you increase the lifespan of your system. In addition, our team offers other types of plumbing services such as water line repair, sump pump installation, and sewer line replacement. Our licensed plumbers will provide you with fast and friendly services 24 hours a day/7 days a week.