How to Turn Off a Water Heater Fast

There can be occasions when Dallas house owners will need to switch off their hot water heater speedily, and it is very important that ones is aware of the suitable steps in doing so.

Emergency Dallas Water Heater Shut Off Steps

1. First switch off the Electricity or Gas

Gas – The thermostat dial must be switched from the “on” to the “off” position. This will shut off the gas at the water heater. If the odor of gas is ever noticed, get out of the household and contact the local gas company quickly.

Electric – Locate the breaker box location and switch off the breaker for the water heater. One may have a detach switch near the water heater. Make use of this to turn off the switch to turn off power to the water heater.

2. Turn Off the Water Supply

Look for the cold water pipe hooked up to the water heater and trace it back to the source or the wall. If it is an old style turn faucet handle, turn the handle clockwise up until it stops. This should shut off the water.

If you have a newer lever style ball valve pull or push the handle a 1/4 turn. This should shut off the water.

3. Open the Pressure Relief ValveDallas Water Heater Repairs

This is also occasionally called the T&P valve. Opening this will relieve the pressure in the water storage tank. A little water may come out of this any time it is opened up that may be hot so be careful! Raise the handle so it is sticking straight out or up.

4. Drain the Water Heater

It might be needed for the water heater to be drained of its water (this is optional). First, a garden hose must be hooked up to the drain valve located towards the bottom part on the water heater. Extend the hose outside. Bear in mind that the water being released of the hot water heater may have rust in it which could lead to injury to turf and plants, and will be hot. Within the home, let flow the hot side faucet in the sink closest to the water heater. This will release the vacuum seal and allow the water drain out of the water heater much easier. It should take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the water heater to drain.

These are crucial plumbing emergency methods that we hope you will remember when having to face a Dallas water heater emergency repair.