Setting the temperature on your water heater is more than a matter of personal preference. If the temperature too high, you run the risk of accidental scalding and high utility bills. If it’s set too low, bacteria could grow and make the water unsafe. Below, James J. Rybczyk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, the most experienced 24/7 emergency plumbing service in Bristol, CT, explains how to set your water heater to the right temperature.
Most water heater manufacturers recommend setting the thermostat to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature prevents bacteria growth and keeps the water safe. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that lowering the temperature to 120 degrees conserves energy and saves $400 or more per year in utility costs, without an appreciable increase in bacteria risk. Moreover, by turning the thermostat down by 20 degrees, you reduce the risk of scalding, which is particularly important in households with young children.
In some cases, it might be in your interest to leave the temperature at 140 degrees. For instance, many dishwashers require hotter water to operate efficiently. Some models feature a booster system to heat water as it's used. If yours does not have this feature, you may need to set the water heater thermostat to 130 or 140 degrees to get the best results. Also, if you notice the hot water has an unpleasant smell, but the cold doesn’t, it could be the result of bacteria. Raising the heater’s temperature to 140 degrees should resolve this issue.
If your water heater isn’t reaching a safe temperature or maintaining a consistent setting, then let James J. Rybczyk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning address the problem. This team has been handling water heater repairs, frozen pipes, and other plumbing issues in Bristol, CT, for more than 30 years. If you need help with your pipes and fixtures, they have the expertise to provide a solution. Visit their website or call (860) 589-2527 to request a free estimate for your service.