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Is Your Water Heater Set Too Hot?

No one wants to hop in a scalding shower or wash their hands under a fiery hot faucet. If the water coming from your sink or shower is too hot, even after mixing in some cold water, you might have a problem with your water heater’s thermostat, or it could be set too high. Here’s what you should know to determine if your water heater is set too hot:

What Is The Thermostat?

The thermostat is a primary component of a water heater. It regulates the temperature of the water by automatically turning on and off the heating elements when the water gets too hot or too cold depending on the settings.

What Is a Normal Hot Water Heater Temperature?

At High 5 Plumbing, we recommend setting your water heater at approximately 120 Fahrenheit. Often, a new water heater or one that has been untouched will be set at 140 Fahrenheit, the default setting for most manufacturers.

How To Check Your Hot Water Heater’s Temperature

You can use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature of your water heater by sticking it under running water at a faucet nearest to the water heater. Let the water run on hot for at least a minute, place the thermometer under the running water, and check the read. You might want to write this down to help when setting your water heater where you want it!

How To Set The Temperature

There are a couple of different steps to set your water heater depending on the type of water heater in your home.

For a gas water heater, follow these steps to set the temperature:

  1. Locate the thermostat and find the current temperature

  2. Simply turn the dial on the front valve that controls the gas

  3. Make sure the flame is lit and working properly

For an electric water heater, follow these steps to set the temperature:

  1. Start by turning off the breaker

  2. Remove the access panel(s)

  3. Pull out the insulation to view the thermostat

  4. Find the access hole or remove the plastic cover over the adjustment screw

  5. Use a screwdriver to adjust the screw to the desired setting

  6. Replace all removed items

 

At High 5 Plumbing, we are here to help with all your plumbing needs. For more information on water heaters, water heater temperature, or maintenance and repair, contact us today! We are happy to come out and take a look to ensure your water heater is set at the right temperature, saving you time and money!