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How to Turn on a Water Heater

If your water heater has turned off, we recommend following our tips and tricks for turning it back on safely. Turning your system on incorrectly can cause serious system damage and even potential safety hazards, so it is important to follow each step carefully.

How you turn your system depends on which type of system you have: gas, electric, or tankless. Continue reading to find out how to get your system back up and running.

How to Turn on an Electric Water Heater

Before powering up your electric water heater, you need to make sure that the tank is full of water. If it isn’t, you can irreversibly damage the heating element, which can be a costly fix.

To test that your water heater storage tank is full, go to an appliance or fixture and turn the hot water tap on. If there is a steady stream of water, the tank is full. If not, make sure the water line is working and the inlet valve is open.

Once you have confirmed that your storage tank is full of water, you can continue turning your system on by following the steps below:

  1. Flip the circuit breaker to “on.”
  2. Make sure the temperature on the thermostat is set to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Wait a few hours for the water in your tank to heat up. You might want to start this process at night, so you can have access to a full tank of hot water when you get up in the morning.

How to Turn on a Gas Water Heater

Just as with an electric water heater, your gas water heater needs to be full of water before turning it on.

Below are the steps you need to follow once you have ensured your storage tank is full of water:

  1. Light your pilot light very carefully to avoid any safety hazards.
  2. Open the gas valve located at the bottom of the water heater.
  3. Wait a few hours for the water in your storage tank to heat up.

How to Turn on a Tankless (On-Demand) Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are often the easiest to turn on. All you have to do is flip the circuit breaker and set the temperature to your preferred temperature. We recommend setting it to 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure your water is hot enough. Once this is done, you should have immediate access to hot water.

Safety Tips

Turning your water heater on incorrectly or without following safety precautions can put you and your home at serious risk. It is important to follow each step carefully and seek professional assistance if you have any questions or concerns.

Below are some safety tips to ensure the process goes smoothly:

  • Make sure the area surrounding your water heater is clear of debris and clutter.
  • If you smell a rotten egg odor after turning your gas line on, you are experiencing a gas leak. Evacuate your home and call your gas company right away for further instruction.
  • Make sure the burner for your pilot light is not covered in dust or rust before lighting. This can be a big fire risk.
  • Wear gloves and keep a safe distance away from your water heater during the pilot lighting process. This will protect you from getting severely burned in the event that there is a delay in your pilot light igniting.
  • Be sure to consult your manufacturer’s manual every step of the way to ensure you are turning your system on safely and correctly.

Call Parks for Assistance!

If you are struggling to get your water heater back on, Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to help. Backed by 40+ years of plumbing service excellence, there is no job too big or too small for our skilled plumbers to take on. Equipped with expert knowledge and state-of-the-art tools and technology, our team will get to the bottom of the problem and determine the best possible solution. Whether your water heater needs to be tuned up, flushed, repaired, or replaced, you can count on us to make the process seamless and stress-free.

When you turn to Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, you can expect:

  • Competitive rates
  • Affordable financing options
  • Upfront pricing
  • Same-day service
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  • Highly trained technicians

No matter the issue with your water heater, Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has a solution. We are skilled in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of equipment.

Call (980) 357-5427 or contact us online to schedule a service. We look forward to restoring comfort to your home!

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