Vacation and water heater

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Pimbley, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Pimbley

    Pimbley New Member

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    I always turn my water off at valve even if I leave for a weekend.

    What am I supposed to do w/ water heater if I do this. Is there danger if I'm gone for a month and water is off but water heater is on. What could happen?

    Thx!

    Pimbley
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You would not want the heat to come on if somehow the water accidentally drained, which is unlikely but not impossible. Turning a gas WH to the "vacation" setting, or simply switching off the breaker on an electric, would be a good idea.
  3. I won't even leave for a weekend without turning OFF the water and the water heater breaker.
    I had a washing machine hose burst while I was away one weekend years ago...goodbye utility room floor...never again.
    Too easy just to turn them both off.
    Mike
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