In Case of an Emergency, Shut Off Your Water Heater!

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If your water heater is leaking or not functioning properly, here’s how to shut it off to avoid damage to your system and to your home.water_heater

1. If you have a gas water heater, turn the gas shut-off valve to OFF. If it’s an electric heater, turn the power switch to OFF, or turn your circuit breaker to the OFF position. If you’re not sure which kind you have, electric water heaters have AC power cables vs. a wide vent pipe on top.

2. Turn the water supply clockwise, until it stops. Or, turn off the main water valve to your house.

3. To avoid water damage to your home, drain the heater by attaching a standard garden hose to the drain faucet at the bottom of the unit. Place the other end of the hose in a lower location that can’t be damaged by hot rusty water. Then, twist the drain faucet counter-clockwise.

4. Pull the pressure relief valve so air can enter the tank while it’s draining. You can achieve the same result by turning on any hot water faucet in your home.

5. For expert assistance, contact Burton today!  We’re on the job, and ready to go.