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Old 11-15-2013, 08:52 AM   #15
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We turn ours off even if we're only gonna be gone for a day or so! Retired so we have to pinch those pennies 'till they squeal!

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #16
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I've never left for months, just weeks, and turn my hot water heater to vacation mode (there is a dial on mine where this is an option - not sure if this is on all).

Now I've never done this, but I heard that you can turn all your utilities to the house to vacation mode by contacting your providers. Electricity, phone, cable and the like. I understand that this prevents hassles and possible reconnection fees for anything you cancel and have to get reinstated when you return.

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:07 AM   #17
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We shut off the water main and flip the breaker for the water heater.

We also unplug everything that is not going to be used till we come back. Entertainment center, TVs, our whole game room and everything in the garage.

The main frig stays on, but it's ice maker gets shut off.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:32 AM   #18
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I turn off the water, set the heating thermostat for 45 degrees. My water heater is in the basement, and I do shut it off for energy conservation. My biggest worry is loss of electrical power for an extended length of time, as I have quite a bit of food in the freezer that would go bad after a couple of days or so with out electricity.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #19
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I turn off the water, at the meter. Also turn off all circuits not necessary and unplug everything I can think to unplug. Florida is the lightening capital of the world.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #20
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Turn it off. You probably have some sort of motor aide system that will provide you with enough hot water enroute and when you stop until it is turned on and heating.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:41 AM   #21
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I turn the circuit breaker off as well as shutting off the water main to the house.
Same here. I came home to a small lake and a bill for 8000 gals of water from a short trip. No sense heating water for no one.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #22
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Depends where you live. If in the frozen north, I'd turn it to the "vacation" setting. If the pipes don't freeze where you are, turn it off. In either case, turn off the whole house water.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:22 PM   #23
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Water, water everywhere

I was still a kid living at home when we came home from a 3 or 4 day camping trip to a flooded house! The hot water heater had sprung a leak and melted everywhere. Of course, it kept trying to refill itself so there was a never ending supply of water. The drywall was wet about 4 feet from the floor from one end of the hallway to the other. It was crazy! I now longer have a water tank, having switched to the on demand heater for my house. It doesn't do anything unless you ask it to, so no worries. If I was going to be gone for a long period of time, I would turn a lot off and notify my utility companies. Stop my mail!
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I turn the circuit breaker off as well as shutting off the water main to the house.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #25
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We always turn off the water and the water heater when we are away. A couple of weeks ago we were away for a week and returned home and turned the water and heater back on. I heard a gurgling sound and went and looked and water was pouring out of the overflow blow off valve. I thought the tank was shot but the plumber put a new valve on and it works as good as new. Lucky for me there is an overflow pan under the tank but it was over flowing a bit. We live in a upper condo, so a leak could cause my neighbor below a lot of grief and me an insurance deductible.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:03 AM   #26
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I turn off breakers to water heater, and well pump. Also valve from water tank. We put an ice cube or two on a saucer in the freezer so we can tell if it had been off enough to let the food thaw.
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Thanks to all who replied. Lotsa great advice/suggestions.

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Old 11-16-2013, 04:28 PM   #28
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I have a friend who has a friend who took their family to India for six weeks and came home to find that the furnace had failed, all the plumbing froze, and the basement had filled up with water. The house was a total loss and had to be torn down.
We have a pet sitter come in when we're vacationing and she would let us know of a problem. I usually set the water heater on vacation mode.
However, I am replacing the water heater next week; it's 17 years old and while not leaking, I know it's on borrowed time.

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