Emergency Water Heater Shutdown Procedures

Avoid Water Damage

Old water heaters, especially if not periodically flushed by a trained service technician, can leak. To avoid damage, follow these steps:

  1. Turn OFF gas or electric. For gas, turn the top dial from the on position to off. For electric, turn off power at circuit breaker panel.
  2. Turn OFF water supply by turning the handle clockwise until it stops.
  3. If necessary to avoid damage, drain the water heater by attaching a garden hose to the drain faucet of the water heater. Be careful, water may still be HOT.
  4. Call us.