How to Turn Off a Water Heater in an Emergency

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Athens GA

No person wishes to think of this, but it is necessary to understand the actions associated with closing down ones water heater in case it is required in an emergency situation.

Emergency Athens GA Water Heater Shut Off Procedure

1. Turn Off The Gas or ElectricityWater Heater Repair Athens GA

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 house and contact the gas company quickly.

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 just turn off the switch to turn off power to the water heater.

2. Switch Off The Water Supply
Find the cold side pipes connect 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 more recent lever design ball valve pull or push the the handle a quarter turn– this need to shut off the water.

Water Heater Drain.

3. Drain The Water Heater

Drain the water heater if required to prevent any damage by linking a yard hose to the bottom drain valve on the water heater. Run the other end of the hose to a lower location where hot or rusty water will not cause damage (hot water can harm yard 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. Permit 10-30 minutes for the water heater to drain.

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