Preparedness isn’t just for Boy Scouts; being prepared can help boost anyone’s peace of mind.

Take your water hear, for example. You’re well used to it behaving so well you barely give it a second thought. But, because its expected lifespan doesn’t go much past 12 or 13 years, sooner or later general wear and tear will make itself known.

So, if overheats, acts strangely, or makes odd noises, be prepared to shut it down.   

Here’s how to do just that for your gas or electric unit:

TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY OR GAS

If you have an electric heater, find the proper circuit breaker switch inside your breaker panel, and switch it to OFF. If your appliance is gas, twist the thermostat knob to OFF.

TURN OFF THE WATER FLOW

Locate the water valve and turn the handle CLOCKWISE until it stops. If the flow of water doesn’t stop, plan B is to shut off your main water valve.

DRAIN THE WATER TANK

First, turn on a hot water faucet to allow air into the water tank. Then connect a hose to the drainage valve near the bottom of the appliance and run the hose to a lower spot or even out an open window….just so long as that spot can accommodate hot, rusty water.

OPEN THE RELIEF VALVE

Point the relief handle straight out or up, according to your heater. BE CAUTIOUS of scalding hot water!

After that, contact Connor Plumbing to thoroughly diagnose what’s going on and recommend what to do next.  Repair?  Replace it with a new more energy efficient model?  Either way, we’ll provide a guaranteed price quote and answer all your questions before going any further.

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