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Old 01-28-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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I need to disconnect and move my hot water heater so my drywallers can repair the walls in the utility room.
My questions are when I drain the water heater do I need to disconnect the main water line outsice or just the valve bringing water into my water heater?
Does it matter when I disconnect my electrical from the water heater?

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Isn't "hot water heater" redundant?

Anyways, when I moved mine I only turned off the spigot that supplied water to the heater and not the house water. That seemed to work fine, once I had the faucet tight enough anyways.

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I need to disconnect and move my hot water heater so my drywallers can repair the walls in the utility room.
My questions are when I drain the water heater do I need to disconnect the main water line outsice or just the valve bringing water into my water heater?
Does it matter when I disconnect my electrical from the water heater?
There should be shutoff valve dedicated to the heater. You only need to shut those off.
I'd shut off the electric before I started with the piping. Water will come out of the p[ipes and fall on the water heater.
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Turn off the power before turning off the water.

Open some hot faucets upstairs when draining the tank so all the water in the pipes comes down quickly and also the tank drains faster. Then turn those faucets off, see below. The tank should be empty before it is moved.

Turning off just the shutoff in the cold pipe above the water heater is good enough but if someone upstairs turns on both hot and cold faucets, the water will go down the hot pipe backwards and get all over your drywall repairmen.

Do not turn the water heater power back on until all the pipes are reconnected and you have water running out of a hot faucet upstairs.
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