Idle Hot Water Heater
Posted by David on April 07, 2004 at 17:08:21:
Just read a post from Sylvan regarding the possible dangerous condition that exists if a hot water heater is left on for a long period of time without using it.

I will be away for 2 weeks during an upcoming vacation. Is this too long to leave the water heater idle?

The unit is a GE, 50gal.,gas fired with an expansion tank installed. The book indicates that the temp. setting could be turned down to VACATION for extended periods of time.

Which is my best option?
1. Let the unit sit idle at the current temp. setting.
2. Reduce the temp. to VACATION setting until I return.
or
3. Shut the unit down and shut off the gas supply.

Thanks in advance!


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