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There can be instances when Austin homeowners will need to turn off their hot water heater fast, and it is necessary that ones knows the right steps in doing so.

Emergency Austin Water Heater Shut Off Steps

1. First shut off the Electricity or Gas

Gas – The thermostat dial must be turned from the “on” to the “off” position. This will turn off the gas at the water heater. If the odor of gas is ever recognized, get out of the home and call the local gas company without delay.

Electric – Locate the breaker box location and shut off the breaker for the water heater. One could possibly have a disconnect switch close to the water heater. Make use of this to shut off the switch to turn off power to the water heater.

2. Switch Off the Water Supply

Discover the cold water pipe attached to the water heater and follow it back to the origin or the wall. If it is an old design turn faucet handle, turn the handle clockwise up until it stops. This should shut off the water.

If you have a newer lever design ball valve pull or push the handle a one fourth turn. This should shut off the water.

3. Open the Pressure Relief ValveAustin Water Heater Repairs

This is also quite often identified as the T&P valve. Opening this will relieve the pressure in the water storage tank. A little water can come out of this whenever it is opened up that could be hot so be careful! Lift up the lever so it is sticking straight out or up.

4. Drain the Water Heater

It could be needed for the water heater to be drained of its water (this is optional). First, a garden hose has to be connected to the drain valve located towards the bottom of the water heater. Run the hose outside. Remember that the water being released of the hot water heater could have rust in it that could lead to injury to turf and plants, and will be hot. Inside the household, let flow the hot side faucet in the sink closest to the water heater. It will discharge the vacuum seal and let the water drain out of the water heater easier. It should take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the water heater to empty.

These are vital plumbing emergency steps that hopefully you will keep in mind if having to deal with an Austin water heater emergency repair.