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What Temperature Should I Set My Water Heater?

September, 8th, 2015

Water heaters are a deeply important part of your home, but most homeowners don’t really think twice about them after the installation. Unfortunately, installations performed before you moved in or by professionals who don’t take the time to know their customers could lead to improper water heater temperature. The right temperature could easily be the difference between scalding hot water and, on the other hand, water that doesn’t stay hot long enough to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria. How can you know if your water heater temperature is the right one? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Has the water heater’s base temperature been changed since it was first installed? Water heaters are often installed with factory settings unchanged —; so yours may be set entirely too high at 160°F. That will make for some serious scalding if you’re not careful, especially when bathing children or pets.
  • If it has been changed, is it possibly set too low? Setting your water temperatures too low isn’t any better than setting it too high. Low temperatures, between 90 to 115°F, can encourage the growth of bacteria that could make you or your family sick. Temperatures that low need to be avoided.

So what is the best water heater temperature setting? Most experts agree that the ideal setting for safety and personal comfort is between 125 to 140°F. It’s a high enough setting to discourage bacterial growth, but not so high that you need to worry about possible injuries. Taking the time to double-check and ensure your water heater is set within a safe range of temperatures also lets you get a bit more familiar with this overlooked but integral part of your home.

To have a safe and comfortable home, your water heater needs to perform at top efficiency. Corley is here to help! Our service professionals pride themselves not only on customer service, but also on their expertise. When it comes to water heaters, we’ve got you covered! Not only can we provide preventative maintenance and catch small problems before they turn into big ones, we also provide new water heater installations! Interested in more information or looking to schedule service? Contact us by phone at (864) 517-1251 or contact us online today!