How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

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There are times you have to shut down one of your appliances or systems to protect your home. One of the more common examples is having to cut off a gas water heater from its gas supply. It might be something as simple as disconnecting the gas so you can replace the water heater. However, you might also need to shut off the gas because flammable gas is leaking and could cause a house fire. If you don’t know how to shut off your water heater’s gas, we tell you what to do.


Important safety warning

These instructions are meant to cover dealing with small gas leaks. With larger gas leaks, you should take CenterPoint Energy’s advice and leave your home. Leave on foot to somewhere safer, and call 911 and CenterPoint Energy only when you’re a safe distance away from your home.


How to turn off the gas for your water heater

There are two places in your home where you can turn off the water heater’s gas. For the water heater, there’s a shutoff valve near the water heater. However, for emergencies, you should shut off the gas completely at the gas meter outside. Both methods are important, but the gas meter is a safer option.

For the gas meter, you’ll want to find the gas shutoff valve nearby. Take a wrench and turn the valve 90° clockwise to shut off the gas. Meanwhile, water heaters have a single valve handle on the gas pipe to control its gas intake. Turn the handle 90° so it’s perpendicular to the pipe, and the gas should shut off. You’ll know the gas is off when your water heater’s burner turns off. In any of these situations, if you fear a gas leak, call your gas company to schedule a free inspection.


Why call Alliance Plumbing to handle my water heater’s gas problems?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community. Fixed Right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about our gas line services!


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Gas vs Electric: Water Heater Differences

Gas vs Electric: Water Heater Differences

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When looking at new storage water heaters, there are two types that you’ll generally have to choose between. Gas water heaters burn natural gasses in order to provide the energy needed to heat water. Meanwhile, electric water heaters use electric resistance coils to heat water. Both of these can help you heat your water, but which one is best for you? Let Alliance Plumbing help you with your decision by showing you some water heater differences and similarities. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but we can help.



Gas water heaters require your home to be connected to a dedicated gas line. This means you may have to pay a lot of money if you don’t have a gas line but still want a gas water heater. However, the investment may be worth it if you have a large family. Because gas is cheaper than electricity, gas water heaters generally pay for themselves in energy saving within a year. In addition, gas water heaters are capable of heating more water per hour than an electrical model, and can run during a power outage. Unfortunately, gas water heaters are constantly burning gas. While this means you don’t have to wait for hot water, it also means there’s more heat loss through the tank’s walls. In addition, gas is less energy efficient than water.



Electric water heaters run off of the electric grid. While this means you don’t need a gas line, this also means you’ll have no hot water if you lose power. Since they don’t require vents to release exhaust, they can take up less space and come in a variety of sizes. In addition, they only heat water when needed, meaning they’re more energy efficient. Unfortunately, this also means they also have a low recovery rate (the rate at which they heat water,) making them a poor choice for large families. Also, the cost of electricity means you’ll spend more over time with an electric water heater. The savings you’d get from using less energy will likely be lost due to the price of electricity.


What makes Alliance Plumbing an expert on water heater differences?

Alliance Plumbing has two generations of plumbing experience running in this family-owned business. With our expertise, we hire the best, have a wide selection of parts and water heaters, and look to provide for our Texas community. When you choose Alliance Plumbing, you help support small businesses and building local jobs for our community. If you need a company that knows water heaters, call Alliance Plumbing today!


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