When you go on vacation, it’s best to also turn off your water heater, as well as the main water supply. Turning off the source of the heat (gas, electric) while you’re away will not damage your water heater.
When should you turn your gas off?
It’s usually only in emergency situations that you would need to shut off the main gas line to your home, such as when you smell gas, hear gas escaping, see a break in the gas line, or suspect a gas leak. In these situations, the first thing you should do is call your gas company.
Is it OK to turn gas off?
Do not attempt to shut off the gas supply at the meter or anywhere else. Even turning on a light switch can ignite a gas explosion inside a house. A strong gas odor indicates a leak, which must be checked out by a utility technician.
What should I turn off when I go on vacation?
Even if you’re only leaving for a few days, it’s a great idea to shut off the water supply to your house. It’s quick and easy to do and it lets you have one less worry while you’re away. You don’t need to turn off the water at every valve under sinks, behind the toilet, or near the water heater.
Should I turn off pilot light on vacation?
If you have a natural gas fireplace, turning off the standing pilot light while you’re away can reduce between 600 and 1,500 BTU per hour, and reduce extra heat in your home. A licensed gas contractor can turn it on again during your annual appliance maintenance, so it’ll be safe and ready for fall.
Should I turn off gas boiler?
Some boiler systems may be more temperamental than others, so switching it off for a longer time than usual could trigger an issue with your central heating. Having your boiler switched off for a prolonged period of time could also cause elements such as your valves and pump to seize up.
Can I turn my gas back on myself?
NOTE: Once you have shut off the gas at the meter, do not try to turn it back on yourself. If the gas service shutoff valve is closed, PG&E or another qualified professional should perform a safety inspection before the gas service is restored and appliance pilots are relit.
Should I turn off gas to furnace during summer?
It’s a good idea to turn off your furnace during hot months. If left on, it will continue to consume energy. The furnace contains some electrical components like sensors that can needlessly draw power throughout the summer. If your furnace has a pilot light, it will use up unnecessary gas during summer when left on.
What should I do with my gas water heater when I go on vacation?
For gas water heaters, shut off the gas supply to the tank. For electric water heaters, turn off the power to the machine in your breaker box. When you return, simply restore the connections and relight the pilot light if you have a gas water heater.
Is it OK to leave pilot light on gas logs?
We recommend that you turn off your gas fireplace pilot light seasonally. Turning off your gas fireplace’s pilot light can save a substantial amount of energy and money. It is important to remember that not all gas fireplaces have “standing” pilot light, or, a pilot light that is “always on”.
How much gas does a pilot light use in a month?
We have calculated that a standard pilot light uses 416.88 cubic feet of natural gas or 4.723 gallons of propane per month.
Can you leave gas fireplace pilot on overnight?
It’s not safe to leave it on. Why Isn’t It Safe? The biggest reason is that gas fireplaces can release deadly carbon monoxide gas, which is odourless and can go unnoticed until a person dies from carbon monoxide poisoning. It is best to not leave your fireplace on for more than three hours at a time.