Shutting Down Your Hot Water Unit Ready for A HolidayDecember 4, 2018 9:45 am
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The Christmas holidays are fast approaching, and a common question we get here at Newman Plumbing around this time of year is “Should I turn off my hot water unit when I go on holidays?”. This is a perfectly relevant question as switching your hot water unit off could be a great way to save electricity and gas while you’re away.
How long do you plan to be away from your residence?
If you plan to be away for more than 2 weeks, then you should consider turning off your hot water unit in order to save you money on running costs, as well as the potential of coming home after a great holiday only to be greeted by unwanted water damage.
How old is your hot water unit?
If your hot water unit is at least 10 years old, then this would increase the risk of leaks occurring throughout your home, or the hot water unit itself experiencing a rupture. It would be recommended to switch off a hot water unit that’s more than 10 years old. However, having a professional and licensed plumber check your unit for you, will help determine if there are any lurking leak prone areas to the unit.
Is your hot water unit inside or outside?
A hot water unit that’s located indoors poses a greater risk to creating extensive damage to a property if it should leak or rupture while you’re away. Therefore, we generally would recommend turning off indoor hot water units before you leave.
A hot water unit that’s located outdoors generally won’t do as much damage if leaks or ruptures occur, but the extent of potential water damage is hard to predict, so whether your unit is indoors or outdoors, it’s always a good idea to get your hot water unit checked before relaxing on holiday.
Was your hot water unit installed correctly?
Last but not least, you need to know that your hot water unit was installed correctly. This can sometimes be a little difficult to detect, so best practise is to get in touch with your local licensed plumber.
For further assistance with your hot water system before you enjoy your summer holiday, simply contact us for an appointment at Newman Plumbing. Our licensed team members will be more than happy to give you peace of mind.
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