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    I always turn my water off at valve even if I leave for a weekend.

    What am I supposed to do w/ water heater if I do this. Is there danger if I'm gone for a month and water is off but water heater is on. What could happen?

    Thx!

    Pimbley

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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    You would not want the heat to come on if somehow the water accidentally drained, which is unlikely but not impossible. Turning a gas WH to the "vacation" setting, or simply switching off the breaker on an electric, would be a good idea.

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    I won't even leave for a weekend without turning OFF the water and the water heater breaker.
    I had a washing machine hose burst while I was away one weekend years ago...goodbye utility room floor...never again.
    Too easy just to turn them both off.
    Mike

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