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Kathy55

10:05AM | 01/31/11
Member Since: 02/12/06
34 lifetime posts
When we go on vacation we turn off the water to the house and are wondering if putting our gas hot water heater on the vacation setting is sufficient considering the water is shut off. We are usually gone for a two to four weeks. Thank you.

LarryG

10:30AM | 01/31/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
649 lifetime posts
Yes,that is what you want to do. It will keep the burner from coming on and the pilot will prevent condensation from forming.

Kathy55

05:58PM | 02/04/11
Member Since: 02/12/06
34 lifetime posts
One last question. We just had a new Bradford White hot water heater installed today and it doesn't have a vacation setting like our old one did. It has one dial with very hot...hot...low...pilot. Should I be setting it on low or pilot when we go on vacation? Thanks.

LarryG

07:49AM | 02/06/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
649 lifetime posts
Pilot because that will prevent the main burner from coming on and keep the pilot lit to prevent condensation from forming inside the tank.(just like the vacation setting on the old one)

BV002776

03:14PM | 12/11/13
I will be leaving on an extended winter vacation 3+ months. I plan to shut off my water supply to the house and set the water heater to vacation setting. Question I have is this to long to have the heater on vacation setting along with the cold water supply turned off? Thanks

BV002838

05:35PM | 12/21/13
The water heater is in the garage with the potential of temperature getting below 32 degs. Do you still recommend closing the gas valve? Would the only issue be in not closing the valve in wasting gas?

BV004896

09:04AM | 07/06/14
If an electric heater is not in use for 2-3 weeks, should we turn it off? I wonder if turning it on and off throughout the summer at our lake house is more costly than leaving it on. It is a new one as well.

BV000193

06:25AM | 07/17/14
An electric heater doesn't use any juice if it's not heating. But yes if you know it's not going to get below freezing cut the power off to it.

BV008084

10:34AM | 06/15/15
If I set my gas water heater on "pilot" while I am away (about 2 weeks), is it OK to turn off the water supply to the house? If I do this, can I simply turn the water supply back on and set the water heater to "on"?

BV012352

09:12PM | 07/26/16
What about electric hot water heaters. Do the vacation settings work for these? Is this better then turning the power off to the heater entirely?

BV013494

03:17PM | 12/07/16
if the water heater is on vacation mode and the water intake is off, is there a chance of significant evaporation of the water in the tank after a few months

BV013943

10:30AM | 05/22/17
I usually turn off the water main. Have been leaving the water heater (electric with power vent) alone. wondered if I should just unplug the water heater or use vacation setting or leave alone.
Usually three of four days.

BV013943

10:37AM | 05/22/17
BV013943
10:30AM | 05/22/17
I usually turn off the water main. Have been leaving the water heater (gas with power vent) alone. wondered if I should just unplug the water heater or use vacation setting or leave alone.
Usually three of four days.

For week or more i shut the main water valve and turn water heater to vacation setting.

BV018122

12:40AM | 12/04/18
We have been reading about the risk of cultivation of Legionella bacteria in "warm" hot water heaters. Does leaving a tank on pilot for a couple of weeks or even more create a risk?

asiapackagetravel

03:54AM | 12/14/18
Member Since: 12/14/18
2 lifetime posts
I always turn off all the lines when i was on vacation to sapa vietnam tours, it's much more relief to travel without any worries

BV019193

05:27PM | 04/30/19
I have a 40gal Bradford white 2009 gas water heater. i have a sensor alarm to detect leaks. what can i do 9if a leak should happen when I’m on vacation? should I shut off water supply to tank to prevent flooding?

BV021215

12:09PM | 01/01/20
Does it save energy to turn the temp down on an instant on type water heater?

BV021896

03:04PM | 03/15/20
I have the water shut off to my home and my hot water tank on vacation mode
.is it ok to leave it that way for 8 months


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