How To Turn On & Off Water Heater? 

When you experience issues with your water heater, sometimes it can be because you have inadvertently turned it off.

Other times, the simplest way of fixing a malfunction is simply turning the water heater off and on again.

For all these reasons, it can be useful to know how to turn your water heater on and off. In this article, we’re providing just this information!


How to turn your water heater on?

How to turn your water heater on

How can you turn a water heater on? 

If you have an electric heater, the process is very simple because these devices are provided with a simple Power Button that you can press to turn the water heater on.

Before doing so, however, you should check that or valves and faucets are closed and then press the button.

If, instead, you have a gas water heater, you should make these steps:

  • Shut down the gas valve so that no gas can be provided to the unit, not even by mistake.
  • Shut off all the faucets and valves
  • Turn the cold water on
  • Turn the pilot on, turn the gas valve to pilot, and use a long-reach lighter to ignite the pilot (if you smell some gas, DO NOT perform this procedure and have your gas system checked before moving on).


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How to turn the water heater off?

How to turn the water heater off

Knowing how to turn the heater off can be useful in various scenarios.

For example, if you know you’re staying away for weeks (maybe you’re going on vacation and the house will remain empty) or you’re experiencing issues with the water heater, and you want to try resetting it.

So, how can you turn your water heater off?

If you have an electric water heater, all you need to do is switch the power off. If the heater has a power button, you can simply press it.

If it doesn’t have any power button, you need to go to your electrical panel, find the water heater breaker and switch it off.

If you have a gas water heater, as it happened for the turning on the procedure, things get more complicated.

So, this is how to turn your gas water heater off:

  • Go to the power source and disconnect the heater (even gas water heaters need some electric power to function)

This is already enough to stop providing hot water for the house, but if you want to switch everything off completely, you can also:

  • Turn off the water handle so that no more water will enter the unit;
  • Drain the water from the tank so that you leave it empty (particularly useful when you need to leave the house or apartment for a long period)

This is how you can turn off and on your water heater, whether it is an electric or gas unit.


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What to Do If My Water Heater Does Not Turn On?

Everything has an expiry date. Even with regular maintenance, the water heater would last a couple of years, but not forever.

Even after trying everything, if your water heater does not start, then you should call a plumber.

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Wrap Up

As you can see, turning off and turning on the water is very easy.

Turning off & turning on an electric water heater is slightly different from a gas water heater, and if you had any confusion before, we hope it is cleared now.


How to turn on a water heater manually?

To turn on a water heater manually, you simply need to hold down the pilot knob for 30 seconds along with holding the ignition button.

What is the most common type of problem with water heaters?

Leakage is the most common problem that water heaters face.

This could happen due to sediments, or it can also happen due to corrosion. To avoid this, you should flush your water heater once every year.


Should I turn my water heater off?

Turning off the water heater does not impact the bills much, so unless you are going away from your home for a month or more, there is no need to turn off the water heater.

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