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What is the proper water temperature for my water heater?

Proper Water Temperature

The proper water temperature for your water heater will depend on a few factors, including your type of water heater, your preferences, and safety concerns.

For most residential water heaters, the recommended temperature setting is between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (49 to 60 degrees Celsius). This temperature range is hot enough to kill any harmful bacteria in the water but not so hot that it could scald you or cause burns.

However, if you have young children or elderly family members in your home who may be more sensitive to hot water, it is recommended that you set the temperature lower, around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius), to prevent accidental burns.

It’s important to note that if you have a dishwasher or washing machine that requires higher water temperatures for optimal performance, you may need to adjust your water heater temperature accordingly.

Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and consult with a licensed plumber or heating professional if you have any concerns about the temperature setting or operation of your water heater.

Too hot water can pose a safety hazard, particularly for young children, the elderly, and anyone with sensitive skin. The maximum safe temperature for water heaters is generally considered to be 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius).

Water temperatures above this level can cause scalding, burns, and even serious injuries, especially if the water is in contact with the skin for an extended period of time. In addition, higher temperatures can increase the risk of mineral buildup and corrosion inside your water heater, reducing its efficiency and lifespan.

To prevent accidental burns and ensure the safety of your household, it’s recommended that you set your water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). This temperature is hot enough to kill bacteria and provide comfortable hot water for daily use while reducing the risk of burns and injuries.

Please visit the DOE website for more information.

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