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.
A common question asked by our clients is how to turn off their hot water heater on their own.
Call Donnelly’s Plumbing to examine your hot water heater to determine if it needs repairs or if it should be replaced.
For those homeowners who prefer to work on appliances themselves, they can make the maintenance ritual of draining the water out every few months to lessen the effects of hard water sediments and flushing the tank to increase its performance.
The following instructions apply to both gas water heaters as well as electric powered water heaters. Familiarize yourself with the diagram on this page to become acquainted with the features of the hot water heater. Attaching a hose to the drain valve of the water heater’s tank will allow you to remove all the water housed inside. To answer all your hot water heater questions or need our emergency services right away, call Donnelly’s Plumbing at 215-855-2014 or 610-660-8130. Do-it-yourselfers who perform their own water heater maintenance will want to drain water from their water heater tank every three months to prevent sediment build-up and improve performance and energy-efficiency.
Whether you use a gas water heater or an electric water heater, follow these instructions any time you need to shut off your appliance. Use the diagram below to see where on your water heater you can expect to perform each of these functions. Horizon Services: The only full-service plumbing, heating, air conditioning, drain cleaning and sewer and water line replacement company in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County New Jersey and Northeastern Maryland that guarantees on-time service, up-front pricing and the job done right and clean the first time!


Horizon Services, the Delaware Valley’s largest home services company, is ready to meet all of your needs for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Answer: To reset the flood stop system, you simply dry out the sensor and press the OPEN button to reset the valve. That being said, if someone subsequently opens a faucet to wash their hands with warm water the water heater might start dripping, but the person will soon discover there’s no hot water, at which time they will shut off the water (vacuum back in play) and will then go to the water heater to find the FloodStop alarm going off.
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.
This is one of the procedures all homeowners should be aware of including how to shut off their gas and water supply.
If this does not stop the water flow, then turn off the valve of the main water line to the house. The other end of the hose should be in a lower area at a safe location to dispense the water. Even if you have called a plumbing or heating contractor to come look at the problem, it is still better if you can turn off the water heater before the technician arrives to look at your appliance. Before draining your water heater, you DEFINITELY must turn it off to avoid the risk of scalding or electrocution. Water Heaters are generally considered a maintenance-free appliance, but they are also one of the single most damaging appliances in the home. Once a leak is detected from water getting on the FS sensor the FloodStop valve will close.


If it’s an electric heater, turn the power switch to OFF, or turn your circuit breaker to the OFF position. Place the other end of the hose in a lower location that can’t be damaged by hot rusty water. If your water heater is acting peculiar such as making knocking noises or is overheating, allowing it to continue operating may worsen the problem. To cut the power to an electric power water heater, go to your circuit breaker box, locate the breaker to your water heater and switch it to the OFF position. Run the other end of the hose to a lower place where you can drain rusty, hot water without causing damage. Because Water Heaters are continually under pressure, even small pressurized leaks can quickly flood and devastate a home. If you’re not sure which kind you have, electric water heaters have AC power cables vs. To avoid the risk of your water heater leaking or completely failing by flooding your room or garage, it is a safe choice to turn it off and have one of our plumbing technicians inspect it.



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