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Old 02-26-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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turning off electric hot water heater for six months


when turning off a hot water heater for an extended period of time, say six months, can you leave it full or should it be drained.

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leave it full then you don't have to remember to refill it before you turn the power back on.

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Unless there is a freezing risk, leave it full.
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After the 6 months have passed, should they drain it or flush it before using the water that has been stored in it?
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We do both leave it full and empty during cold months.
I turn the breaker at the panel off and the disconect at the heater. I use a peice of wrie to to lock the disconnect with a tag reminding to fill and purge the air out of the tank!
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After the 6 months have passed, should they drain it or flush it before using the water that has been stored in it?
No unless there is a rust problem.
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Ayuh,... At my river house, I flip the breaker, 'n drain it 'bout October,...

Usually by May it's refill, 'n repower it time...

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