I've got a rental house which is vacant right now. Seeing that it's winter
I'd like to turn off the water at the street to help insure the pipes don't
freeze and bust. Is it OK to leave the gas water heater on? I'd rather not
turn off the gas if there is no problem leaving the heater on and the water
off for a period of a few weeks. Thanks.
Big potential problem. Just turn the heater off, most will allow you to
turn off the main heater without turning off the pilot.
I might suggest that if you are worried about pipes freezing, you need
to also drain the pipes, and the hot water heater that has a lot of water in
it. Don't even consider draining the hot water heater without turning off
the gas to it.
There was a long, helpful discussion about this last week. Look for the
subject line "Can water be turned off to hot water heater", dated 1/14/2005.
If you can't spot the subject, sort your messages by date and you'll see it.
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