Is your water heater hot enough?

water-heatersWhen it comes to setting the temperature for your home’s water heater, there are several factors to consider other than personal preference. Manufacturers’ requirements, appliance requirements, and at-risk groups are important factors to be considered. Some manufacturers require a thermostat set at 140°F, yet most households require only a setting of the thermostat at 120°F. Some appliances, usually a dishwasher without a booster heater may require a setting between 130°F and 140°F for optimum heating. Water temperatures above 130°F can pose a safety hazard for certain at-risk groups such as small children and disabled or elderly residents.

Recommended Water Temperature

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a temperature of 120°F at the tap is adequate for most household chores with a minimal danger of scalding and maximal energy efficiency. However, that is the temperature at the tap, not in the tank. Tank temperatures should be no less than 130°F to prevent bacterial growth. It is always good to test your water temperature at the tap. This can be done with a simple cooking thermometer and a deep glass. Just wait for the water to run fully hot and then fill the glass and measure. If you need help with this decision, or if you are concerned that your water heater is not performing as it should, call your Little Rock plumber. A qualified plumber can advise you on proper settings, and can recommend the ideal water heater for your needs. If you’re looking for a professional plumber in Little Rock, just call Whitten Plumbing Solutions. 607-6596