How to Shut Down A Leaking Water Heater

shut down a leaking water heaterYou know it’s time to replace your water heater when you see a puddle of water on the floor underneath the tank. That means you have a water heater leak, and the fact that it’s leaking from the bottom means it already needs a replacement.

When you stumble upon such a puddle on your floor, you need to take action immediately before things get worse. You have to know how to perform an emergency shutdown not only when there is a water heater leak, but also when it shows other signs that there’s something wrong with it. Here’s how to shut down a leaking water heater:

1. Turn off the gas or electricity

If  you have a gas-powered water heater, locate the dial on the top of the thermostat and twist it from the ON to the OFF position. The gas supply valve at the water heater should also be turned off by twisting the red knob clockwise until it stops. If your water heater is powered by electricity, turn off the circuit breaker for the water heater.

2. Turn the water supply off

Find the handle on the water supply valve and turn it clockwise until it stops. If water continues to flow, better turn the water supply off from the house’s main water valve.

3. Drain the water heater tank

To stop your floor from getting soaked any further, you will need to drain the water heater tank. You can do this by attaching a hose to the drain valve, which you can find at the bottom of the tank. Take the other end to a lower spot outside where you can drain all the water. You will also have to open a hot water faucet in the house to let air into the tank.

4. Open the relief valve

To allow air to enter the heater, you have to flip the relief valve handle so that it is sticking up or straight out.

Now that you have shut down a leaking water heater, it’s time to call in the pros to replace your already damaged unit. Remember, water heaters should only be replaced and installed by plumbing professionals. You would be exposing yourself and your family to a lot of danger if you try to go the DIY route when installing water heaters. So call us at Beez Neez Plumbing, and we’ll be more than happy to send over the plumbing professionals in our team who specialise in fixing and installing water heaters.