WHEN LEAKING OCCURS:
1. TURN THE GAS OR ELECTRIC OFF
Gas: Twist the dial on top of the thermostat from the ON to the Off position. Electric: Turn the power supply OFF to the water heater at the appliance or the circuit breaker panel.
2. TURN THE WATER OFF
Twist the handle on the water valve above the water heater clockwise until it stops.
3. DRAIN WATER HEATER IF NECESSARY TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE
Attach a garden hose to the drain faucet connection at the bottom of the water heater. Run the other end of the hose to a lower location where hot or rusty water won't cause damage. Open a hot water faucet in the house to allow air to enter the water heater as the water drains.