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Thread: Gas Water Heater

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    Smile Gas Water Heater

    In our previous home we had an electric water heater. When going on vacation we would shut the water to the house and turn off the circut breaker to the water heater.
    In our new home, we have a gas water heater. If we turn off the water to the house, can we just turn the thermostat to the " vacation " setting or do we have to shut down the gas entirely; pilot light and all ???

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    Plumber Cass's Avatar
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    Nov 2005


    If your going on vacation you can turn it to vacation. If you want to save a $ 0r 2 you can turn it off and relight it when you come back.

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Default heater

    Turn it to PILOT and you do not have to worry about the gas coming on to heat the water until you come home.

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    New England


    What you don't want to do is turn off the water and leave the WH on. If for some reason it leaked, you'd be trying to heat up the empty heater and ruin it if it wasn't already bad, and waste a lot of gas in the process.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014


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