Question About Water Heater

Old 05-26-18, 11:28 AM
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Question About Water Heater

My wife forgot to mail our water bill on time so I payed it online late. I noticed their website states that they will turn our water off because the service guys aren't updated until the following Monday morning on who payed late. We live in an old house with a fuse box and I was wondering should I remove the fuse to the water heater if they cut our water off so it doesn't over heat and ruin it? I just don't want to mess our water heater up.

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Someone else might have a better suggestion; but these municipal water services must be turned on and off manually by someone physically coming to your front yard where the hook-up to the street is located.

You might want to go out and locate that valve (usually a small 3-4" steel cover marks the spot) and put a note on it to warn the work crew that you've paid up.

I haven't lived in a community that was serviced by municipal water for decades . . . . but when I did, they were always weeks behind in turning people OFF and just a couple days behind in turning people back ON.

They used these activities as low priority filler work, and you're probably safe; but if you think of something that you can do to protect yourself from the inconvenience of a Shut-Off (not to mention the charges associated with it), then you owe it to yourself and your Wife to do what you can.
Old 05-26-18, 01:37 PM
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And to answer the question about hurting the WH...once you lose pressure, you won't be able to drain the tank since there will be no water flowing in to push the old stuff out. It will just be a pot of water sitting on the stove, turning on and off as the water heats and cools. Unless of course the WH is in the attic and it could gravity drain out.

Just to save wasting electric, if you DO lose pressure, I'd pull the fuses or turn the WH off. You should have a cutoff or switch of some sort right near the unit.

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