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Should the water heater be turned off if the water is shut off at the meter?

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It May Be A Good Idea To Turn It Off As Long As It Remains Near Full It Would Be OK. Just Incase Turn It Off. That Way The Top Element Will Not Be In Open Air( Not Covered With Water ). Which Will Cause It To Burn Out. Also When Water Is Turned Back On. Turn On The Hotwater & Let It Run To Remove Any Air That Might Be Trapped In Tank. Then Turn It Back On.

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