Water Heater 101: When Should You Turn It Off?

person turning off the water heater Ypsilanti, MI

If you’re a homeowner looking to save energy, you might consider turning off the water heater when not in use. After all, it accounts for about 20% of your utility costs. However, doing so can wear down your unit quickly, not to mention the negligible energy savings. 

But there are some situations that may require you to switch off the water heater, which Dynamic Drains, your reliable source of top-quality water heater services, lists below:

When The Tank Is Empty

If the water heater tank is empty and won’t be refilled for a long time, we recommend switching it off. Keeping the heating elements running in an empty tank can cause them to overheat and burn out, leading to an untimely water heater replacement.

When the Tank Is Leaking

If you notice that your water heater is leaking, it’s important to turn off the power source and the water supply to the tank immediately. Leaks can cause significant water damage to your home and even pose the risk of electrical shock. Then, call a professional from Dynamic Drains to conduct an inspection and water heater repair in Ypsilanti, MI.

When Going on Vacation

If you are going on vacation for a long time, it’s a good idea to turn off your water heater installation. This reduces the risks of a water leak or other problems while you’re away. If you have a relatively new water heater, check if it has a “vacation” mode, which runs the unit at lower temperatures, saving energy.

If you own a tankless water heater, however, you don’t need to turn it off because it only operates when you need hot water. Nevertheless, if you are away from home for extended periods, it is a good practice to turn off all the appliances.

For all your water heater needs, look no further than Dynamic Drains. We have the skills, tools, and experience to keep your unit in the best possible shape all year round. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.