The folks at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have some simple tips you can apply to your water heater if you and your family are headed away from home for several days. Take these steps only if you are comfortable doing so. 

Please don’t turn your water heater off. If the temperatures outside are below freezing, that means that the pipes to your water heater could freeze, crack, and cause a flooded house. There is no need to come home to water damage! This tip is straightforward, but you can set your water heater to “pilot” mode. This allows your water heater to remain hot enough to keep from freezing due to subfreezing temperatures, but it’s not trying to keep the water in your water heater hot.

Alternatively, putting your water heater in vacation mode instead of the “pilot” mode could help to lower your energy bill and keep those pipes from freezing. Check your water heater manual for additional information, or contact the professionals at Affordable Service to find out more.

We believe changing these settings while away from home will help you save money on energy and save you from a headache when you return!

One more tip– an excellent way to remember to turn the temperature back up is to put a note either on the kitchen counter or a sticky note to your microwave with a simple reminder. That way, you don’t accidentally step into a cold shower! 

For all of your  Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric, the experts at Affordable Service are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So, if something goes wrong, we offer an emergency response team to help deal with disasters outside regular business hours.