There can be occasions when Fort Worth house owners will need to switch off their hot water heater quickly, and it is necessary that ones is aware of the proper steps to do so.
Emergency Fort Worth Water Heater Shut Off Steps
1. First shut off the Electricity or Gas
Gas – The thermostat dial has to be turned from the “on” to the “off” placement. This will switch off the gas at the water heater. If the aroma of gas is ever noticed, get out of the house and get in touch with the local gas company immediately.
Electric – Find the breaker box location and turn off the breaker for the water heater. One could have a detach switch near to the water heater. Use this to switch off the switch to shut off power to the water heater.
Discover the cold water pipe hooked up to the water heater and trace it back to the source or the wall. If it is an old design turn faucet handle, turn the handle clockwise till it stops. This ought to turn off the water.
If you have a newer lever style ball valve pull or push the handle a one fourth turn. This ought to switch off the water.
3. Open the Pressure Relief Valve
This is also sometimes referred to as the T&P valve. Opening this will relieve the pressure in the water storage tank. A bit of water can come out of this when it is opened which can be hot so be careful! Lift the handle so it is sticking straight out or up.
4. Drain the Water Heater
It may be needed for the water heater to be drained of its water (this is optional). First, a yard hose needs to be hooked up to the drain valve located towards the bottom on the water heater. Extend the hose outside the house. Remember that the water being released of the hot water heater may have rust in it that can cause damage to yard and plants, and will be hot. Within the household, let flow the hot side faucet in the sink closest to the water heater. This will discharge the vacuum seal and allow the water drain out of the water heater easier. It will take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the water heater to drain.
These are important plumbing emergency actions that we hope you will keep in mind if having to deal with a Fort Worth water heater emergency repair.