Have you had that moment when you came home from a long day, and all you want is a nice hot shower? Especially during these cold winter days, yet all you get is icy cold water? Have you ever gotten into the shower after your partner just got out and you are left with nothing but cold water? Many people just think it is because it’s that time of the year, when water is just simply not hot enough because of the cold weather. Fortunately, this is not true! Your water heater is capable of producing hot water year round. When was the last time you checked the health of your water heater? If you are having problems with your heater, such as leaks and failing pilot lights, then the first thing you should do is turn off your water heater.
Steps to Safely Turn Off Your Water Heater
Access your water heater and its setting panel, usually located in the basement of utility closet.
- You may need a flashlight to help you locate the valves
If you have an electric water heater
- Locate the electrical panel box
- Find the circuit that controls the heating of your water, usually listed on the inside of the panel’s door that tells you which breaker corresponds to which appliance
- Turn off this circuit
If you have a gas water heater
- Locate the thermostat dial, usually on the gas valve next to the bottom of the tank
- Turn the dial to “off”
- Locate the valve that directs gas into the house, which is usually near the water heater itself
- Turn this valve off:
- For a valve with knob, turn it clockwise to shut the valve
- For a valve with a lever, move it perpendicular to the line to shut the valve