0% financing for 60 months on approved credit

How to Adjust your Water Heater Temperature

over 1,500 reviews

Do You Know What Temperature Your Water Heater Is Set At?

If your household is like most, you likely have people in your home who like cool showers and those who like the temperature a little warmer. Everyone is different when it comes to how they like the temperature of the water they use and your water heater needs to be set to keep up with each person’s desired temperatures. The temperature that your water heater is set at can be too high or too low. We are going to review how to adjust your water heater temperature to get it just right and keep it within the recommended range.

What Is the Recommended Temperature for a Water Heater?

Before you decide that it is time to adjust your Buffalo, New York water heater temperature, you should understand what the recommended temperature is and why. Having a water heater that is set at too high of temperatures can make even tap water dangerous and cause burns. The EPA recommends a hot temperature setting of 120°F for both safety and energy-saving purposes.

Some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140°F; however, most new water heaters are preset at the recommended 120°F. At 140°F, water can cause scalding and a third-degree burn within five seconds.

How Can You Adjust Your Water Heater Temperature?

Adjusting your water heater temperature depends on the water heater. You should always consult your manufacturer’s user manual before diving in and even then, it may be best to contact a local water heater repair expert to help.

If you need to adjust your water heater temperature, below we outline the basic steps to follow.

– Locate the temperature dial on your water heater. This is usually a single knob that controls the amount of heat being directed to the unit.
– Turn the knob to the left (counterclockwise) to increase the temperature, and turn it to the right (clockwise) to decrease it.

It can be tricky to find the right temperature because most dials aren’t labeled with the numbers. If this is the case, follow these suggestions for getting your water temperature right.
– Run hot water at the tap closest to the water heater for at least three minutes.
– Fill a glass and check the hot temperature with a cooking thermometer.
– If the water is above the desired temperature, adjust the dial, wait about three hours and check again.
– Repeat until you get to your desired temperature.

Adjusting your water heater temperature can be tedious and take some time to get it just right. Having your water heater temperature in the recommended range can save you money and keep your family safe, so it’s important to know what temperature your water heater is set at and adjust it if needed.  

For Water Heater Services in Buffalo, NY, Call Reimer!

At Reimer Home Services, our plumbers can adjust your water heater’s temperature settings for you.

Call or contact us online for all your water heater repair, maintenance, and installation needs here in Buffalo and Western New York.

What Our Clients Say

Chris and Kevin were excellent! The issue involved plumbing. Accomplished all that was needed at the time. They are returning for additional work as well. The annual contract has great value , and gives homeowner piece of mind when problems arise! I just signed up for mine!

-Kitty Testa

Chris L. Is a wonderful man. Put my mind at ease immediately when he looked at the problems which turned out not to be as bad as we thought. I will definitely use them again. Great service!

-Janice Kaled

Chris Reimer was at my home and did a great job was very nice guy to have work in my home and gave me no run arounds. I would for sure use again thank you very much!!

-Matthew Dillon

Want to learn more about heating and cooling?
We’ve got you covered.
Micro Powerguard Air Filter How Do Air Filters Improve Indoor Air Quality? Have you given much thought to the air you’re breathing indoors? While outdoor air quality gets all the headlines, our indoor environments can get laden...
Main Circuit Breaker Understanding Your Home’s Main Circuit Breaker Most homeowners take electricity for granted—until the lights go out. That metal panel housing rows of switches? It’s actually the brave guard protecting your entire...
GFCI Outlet What’s a GFCI Outlet and What Does It Do? You know those outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas with the little buttons labeled “reset” and “test”? Those handy devices are called GFCI outlets,...

Authorized Dealers