What temperature setting should you use for your home water heater? Do you set for maximum savings, or is health and sanitation your primary concern? There are priorities and risk factors to be considered. You will need to know the facts in order to decide what is best for yourself and your family.
Setting the temperature for the water heater is not difficult. Gas water heaters usually have a exposed dial, easily reachable. For an electric water heater, you may have to remove a plate and pull back the insulation a bit to reach the dial. For safety, disconnect the power to an electric water heater. There may be two heating elements, an upper and a lower, so two settings may be needed. The dials for both types of water heater are calibrated only approximately, so some trial and error and testing of the water temperature at the tap will likely be needed.
If you are ready for a new highly-efficient water heater, it is time to call your local plumber. They can advise you on the best model for your needs. Your plumbing professional can install a modern energy-saving water heater that will deliver hot water for your family’s needs for years to come.
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