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06:59PM | 10/17/13
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We have a John Wood Pro Series gas hot water heater in our basement. It has settings for Hot, Warm, Vacation, Pilot and Off. Is it sufficient to just set it on Vacation for the extended period of 5 months? The instructions posted on the side of it talk about shutting it off and then relighting the pilot with a match when we return - which sounds rather dangerous to us!

Thank you!

Sylvan

08:51PM | 10/17/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
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I would Shut it off totally and upon my return flush the tank thoroughly and possibly contact the manufacturer about how to properly disinfect it prior to be placed back into service

A dry tank that has a flame under it is a perfect bomb as the less water in the tank (evaporation) the larger the air space when heater will expand and the potential is catastrophic
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