How to Turn Off a Water Heater in an Emergency

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Akron OH

No one wishes to consider this, but it is important to understand the actions involved in closing down ones water heater in case it is needed in an emergency situation.

Emergency Akron Water Heater Shut Off Procedure

1. Switch Off The Gas or ElectricityWater Heater Repair Akron OH

Gas – Twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the “on” to the “off” position. This will turn off the gas at the water heater. If you ever smell gas– exit the home and contact the gas company right away.

Electricity – Find your breaker box and flip the breaker for your water heater or if your water heater has a disconnect switch near to the water heater simply turn off the switch to switch off power to the water heater.

2. Switch Off The Water Supply
Discover the cold side water pipe link to the water heater and follow it back to the source or the wall. If you have an old style turn faucet handle – Twist the handle clockwise up until it stops. This should turn of the water.
If you have a newer lever design ball valve pull or push the the handle a quarter turn– this ought to switch off the water.

Water Heater Drain.

3. Drain The Water Heater

Drain the water heater if essential to stay clear of any damage by linking a garden hose down drain valve on the water heater. Run the other end of the hose to a lower location where hot or rusty water will not trigger damage (hot water can harm turf and plants). Open the hot side faucet in the sink closest to the water heater– this will launch the vacuum seal and let the water drain out of the water heater. Allow 10-30 minutes for the water heater to drain.

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