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Old 08-28-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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Is it a good idea to shut off the water heater if no one is going to be living in the house for a couple of months?

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It sure would save on the electric bill. Just dont leave it off in an unheated house in the winter. It could freeze.

Keep in mind that if the breaker is on or off it is still a tank of water. You may want to go there from time to time and run the water to keep the water in the tank fresh. Stagnate water the big problem.

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would it be better just to drain the tank?
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would it be better just to drain the tank?
Heck no. Metal rusts much slower while it is still covered in water. Less oxigen in contact with its surface.

Unless freezing is the problem, and you cant get the electrics back on. Then it is your only choice.
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It is always best to turn off the water and the water heater whenever leaving a home unattended for even a weekend.
Burst water hoses can badly flood a home (I know this one from long-ago experience), as well as other major leaks that can occur.
Electric water heaters consume about 14% of your electric bill if you're "all electric", so that's an energy saver.
Also, of course, you never drain a water heater without turning off the power first. If you leave it setting up for an extended period, I would completely flush the tank and hot water lines before using it again.
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I do work for a restoration company, last week I received a call to replace a panel. The owners of the house went on vacation and a pipe broke in the basement, it leaked for 2 weeks. The whole basement was filled with water. The baseboards and the drywall on the first floor had mold growing on them. I went there a day after they found it, and you would not believe the smell and the mess.

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