In Case of Emergency:
Whether you use a gas water heater or an electric water heater, follow these instructions.
Use the diagram to see where on your water heater to perform each of these functions.
Hot Water Heater Shutdown Instructions:
TURN OFF GAS OR ELECTRICITY:
* Gas: Twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position.
* Electric: Switch the circuit breaker for the water heater to the OFF position.
- TURN OFF WATER SUPPLY. Turn the handle on the water valve CLOCKWISE until it stops. If the water does not stop, turn off the main water valve for the entire house.
- DRAIN WATER HEATER. Attach a hose to drain valve at bottom of the tank. Run the other end of the hose to a lower place where to drain rusty, hot water. Open a hot water faucet in the house to let air into the tank.
- OPEN THE RELIEF VALVE. Flip handle so it is sticking straight out or up. (CAUTION: Scalding hot water).
Water Heater Safety & Tips
A lot of people underestimate the danger of their water heater.
Water heaters have a safety valve in the event the water heater gets stuck in the “on” position, which will create too much pressure. If the safety valve fails, the pressure build-up could cause the water heater to explode.
We find many people store flammable items (i.e. gas, paint, lawnmowers, weed-eaters) in the vicinity of their water heaters, which is a fire hazard. We recommend checking the area around your water heater to see if any flammable items are stored near or in the same room as your water heater. If so, these items should be removed and stored elsewhere.
Life expectancy of a water heater is 10 to 15 years. However, if your water heater is in your attic, we recommend you replace it no later than 10 years… the risk of water damage to your home can become a reality fast.
Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing:
1. No hot water
2. Tank failure (i.e. rupture or leaking)
3. Rust and sediment appearing in water
Water heaters are available in electric or gas. Gas water heaters recover much quicker [heat water faster] than electric.
Gas water heaters are available in:
a) Regular vented (most commonly installed in home)
b) Power vented (usually seen in basements and crawl spaces)
c) Direct vented (most commonly installed in garages, venting through the side wall)
d) Tankless (require less space and can be installed inside or outside of the home)
Things to consider when choosing a water heater:
If your water heater is gas, the location is fine and you don’t run short of hot water, consider replacing with a new tank type similar to the style you have now.
- If you frequently run short of hot water, you may want to consider a tankless water heater. They offer endless hot water for those people with oversized bath tubs, large families or people who just like to take long showers.
- Also available are tank-typed water heaters that are 90% efficient that qualify for rebates and incentives. They also recover twice as fast as a regular water heaters.
Things to consider when installing a water heater:
- We recommend you have a licensed plumber install your water heater for safety reasons.
- The gas line needs to be properly sized and properly connected to the water heater.
- Water heater flue pipe needs to be properly installed according to code in order to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide escaping into your home.
- If your water heater (gas or electric) is to be installed in the garage, it should be elevated at least 18 inches off the ground.
- Never store flammable items around your water heater
Things to consider when you want to reduce your water heaters’ utility costs:
- For electric water heaters, install a timer.
- You can insulate your hot water lines and your water heater.
- Lowering the temperature setting does not save money. This will cause you to use more hot water and less cold water. We recommend the setting to be 120 degrees.
- Install a tankless water heater, or a 90% efficient tanked type water heater.
- Install low-consumption shower heads.
Water Heater Services That Morris-Jenkins offers:
- Safety Inspections
- Repairs and Replacements
- Installation of New Water Heaters
- Some of the brands we service: State water heaters, A.O. Smith water heaters, Rheem water heaters, Lowes water heaters, Home Depot water heaters, Whirlpool water heaters. G.E. water heaters, Bradford White water heaters, American Water heaters, Envertemp water heaters, plus many more.
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