How often do you forget to turn off your water heater before leaving town? If you don’t want to pay extra charges or risk having a broken pipe, then you should consider setting your water heater to vacation mode.
The average North American household uses over 100 gallons of hot water per day. That means that each year, we waste $1.6 billion worth of energy. And nearly half of all households leave their water heaters running during vacations.
Regardless of the size or type of water heater you have, you can save some serious cash by turning off your water heater when you go away. In fact, you can even get a free quote from some local plumbers to see how much you can save.
Water Heater Vacation Mode: What Is It?
Vacation mode is not turning your hot water heater off, which can lead to its own set of issues.
Vacation modes allow you to save energy by running your heating systems at lower temperatures than usual. Typically, manufacturers set vacuum modes to 50 degrees Fahrenheit — well below the temperature needed to keep your house warm, but hot enough to avoid any ice forming inside your pipes.
For some systems, you don’t need to make any changes to the manufacturer settings. You can just turn a dial to control the temperature of the hot/cold running tap. However, either way, the goal of reducing the activity of your hot/cold running tap, cutting back on energy usage, and saving money, while preventing your pipe from bursting and causing damage, is the same.
Why You Should Put Your Water Heater In Vacation Mode
One of the reasons why you might want to put your hot water heaters into “vacant” mode is so that you don’t pay for electricity when you aren’t using it. You could be wasting a lot of energy consumption by keeping your hot water at 120°F when you won’t be using it.
Another reason for turning off your hot tap during winter months is to avoid cracking your pipes if they freeze. When your hot tap is turned off, the pipe doesn’t expand as much as it would otherwise, so there’s less chance of cracking.
When you set your thermostat to Vacation or Pilot modes, it uses less electricity than if it were fully on. However, it also prevents any significant heating from occurring, which could cause extensive damage to your water heater. So, it’s a compromise — use some electricity but prevent major damage.
Where Do You Find Vacation Mode And How Do You Use It?
There are several ways for water heaters to be set into vacation modes, but one of the most common ones is through a specific setting on the water temperature control panel.
Check if there is a vacation mode setting for your thermostats. If so, then simply turn it off, and the system should handle everything else.
If there isn’t an explicit “vacancy” setting on your thermostats, you can manually set it to “pilot” and leave it there until you return.
Useful Tips for Your Tankless Water Heater
Whether you have a traditional water heater or an on demand tankless water heating system, you need to know where the main water supply valve is located in your house so that if there’s an emergency involving plumbing, you can turn off the water supply.
Another important thing is to test if the water flow is working properly. Turn it off and see if the water doesn’t stop flowing before you go. If you think something might be wrong, call your plumber for further investigation.
What if your Water Heater doesn’t have a Vacation Mode?
As you can see, vacation modes are an important part of your water heater. Even if there isn’t an “explicit” holiday mode in the setting on your thermostat you can still lower the temperature to protect your house when you’re away and have those energy savings add up.
Does shutting off a water heater damage it?
You don’t need to worry about any damage that comes from shutting down your hot tap. Shutting down both your hot water tap and the main supply is best for you if you’re taking a short vacation.
So use this to avoid potential hot water damage, save some money on your energy bills, and have peace of mind during the period of time you are away from home.
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