Why Your Water Heater Should Never Exceed 120 Degrees

Why Your Water Heater Should Never Exceed 120 Degrees

Did you know that your water heater uses up a significant amount of energy and typically consumes anywhere from 10% to 20% of your household’s total energy use? One of the best ways to reduce your energy usage is to adjust the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. This will ensure optimal energy usage and can even help to save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Risk of Scalding

Water heated to 140 degrees poses a scalding risk. Lowering the temperature can eliminate the scalding risk and can still provide you with the hot water you need. It is especially important to keep the temperature down if you have any small children in the house.

Damage to Your Equipment

If your water heater is set above 120 degrees, it can result in more scale on the electrodes and more corrosion of the tank. This will negatively affect both the performance and expected life of your equipment.

Can It Provide the Same Results?

Adjusting the temperature down to 120 degrees will not affect your comfort. You will still have the hot water you need for cleaning, laundry, and cooking. Safely reducing the temperature is safer than leaving it at a high temperature that can cause more damage to your water heater and personal wellbeing.

Call a Plumber

Regardless of what type of water heater you may have in your home, 120 degrees is the holy grail of all settings. This is the ideal temperature for any type of water heater and should be able to meet all of your household hot water needs. If you do not feel comfortable adjusting the temperature on your own, call Roto-Rooter. They should be able to adjust the temperature and inspect your water heater to ensure that it is working optimally and efficiently.

Make sure to also leave any repair needs to a licensed plumber who can affordably complete the necessary services for you. They can quickly and correctly repair the problem the first time and can have your water heater back up and running again in no time.

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