What’s the Best Water Heater Temperature?

The best water heater temperature, to some degree, depends on who you ask.  According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), 140 degrees is just right.  Not so, states the EPA…120 is better as it help reduce power consumption. The lower temperature is also better suited to families with small children, seniors, and anyone with special needs.

Water heater settings are easy to adjust, although electric heaters will require a screwdriver and possibly a small wrench or socket. Also, keep in mind that the thermostat is factory preset; as such, increasing the temperature heightens the risk of scalding. 

How to Set a Gas Unit’s Temperature 

Gas water heaters have a setting knob that are easily turned. Adjusting to the “HOT” or “VERY HOT” setting moves the temperature closer to 140 degrees. The “Vacation” setting does not heat water but keeps the pilot light ignited.

How to an Electric Water Heater’s Temperature 

First, turn off the circuit breaker and then r Remove the access panels. Locate the thermostat adjustment beneath the insulation. Using a straight screwdriver, adjust the thermostat control towards the desired temperature. It’s a very simple process.

Factors That Affect Water Temperature 

Water heater temperatures are not just the result of the thermostat setting. The temperature also can be affected by how the pipes were installed and the condition of the heating element. 

If you have a large house, talk to us about the benefits of installing a hot water recirculation system, one that speed up the process of getting hot water to faucets and hot-water using appliances. A recirculation pump also can help reduce the cost of heating your water. 

If adjusting the temperature of your water heater doesn’t produce the desired result, contact Connor Plumbing to help resolve the problem, whatever it might be. We service and repair all makes and models of water heaters; we install new systems, too.

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