Did you know you can change the temperature of your water heater? This may be something you never need or want to do, but if you find it necessary one day, it is easy to do whether you have a traditional or tankless water heater. Just don’t crank it up as high as it can go, as it will leave you at risk for having scalding water and will also waste lots of energy.
Water heater manufacturers recommend that your water heater temperature be set to 120 degrees. You should always reference your water heater manual before changing anything. If you can no longer find it, you can reference the different ways to change the temperature below:
Traditional Gas Water Heater
With a gas water heater, you can adjust the temperature is super easy. There is a dial located on the front of the gas control valve. Just turn it to where you want it to be. The hot setting will be around 150 degrees and the warm setting will be around 95 degrees. As mentioned earlier, 120 degrees is where you want to be.
Traditional Electric Water Heater
A traditional electric water heater is a little more complicated, but it can still be a do-it-yourself job. First, you want to turn off the water heater breaker. If you happen to have a double element water heater you will need to remove both the upper and lower access panels. If you have a single element water heater you will only remove the lower panel.
Once you gain access inside the panel, move or remove the insulation so you can visually see the thermostat. You will need a small flathead screwdriver to make the adjustment and the thermostat adjusting screw will be at the bottom of the thermostat. Be sure to put everything back just the way and you found it, including the insulation, and you are done.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater makes things as easy as a simple push of a button either on a front panel command center or a remote control. We all have good button pushing in our blood so this should be a snap.
You will almost never need to know how to change the temperate of you water heater, but there are some instances when it is good to turn it down to save energy and money. If you have a second home or are leaving your home for a lengthy vacation it is a good idea to turn the temperature down. Just remember to turn it back up again as soon as you arrive home. It will take it about an hour to heat back up to steaming hot shower level.
If you need help with your water heater, or you think it may be time for a new one, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089.