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Adjusting Your Water Heaters Temperature

Are you always fretting about the energy that is being consumed by your water heater?

It’s understandable to worry that your bills are going to skyrocket because of water heater temperature and usage. However, make sure you are fully informed before you change your water heater temperature. Mason Plumbing is here to provide expert guidance that will keep you on the right track.

Water heater temperature is tricky. There are two major concerns when adjusting the temperature in either direction. When you decide to set your water heater temperature lower, consider the fact that bacteria can breed in cooler water. It’s a serious health risk that you want to avoid. The second consideration is getting scalded when the water temperature is set too high.

Lowering the Temperature

The recommended temperature by the U.S. Department of Energy for water heaters is 120 degrees. If you buy a new water heater, it is likely the thermostat will be set to this temperature as a preset. There is a good reason this is the recommended temperature. Pathogens that can result in homeowners or a family member suffering from Legionnaires’ disease do not multiply in hot water conditions.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a different view, recommending a water heater is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, this is also intended to protect you and your family from dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illnesses. Those with strong immune systems should fare well with the temperature set to 120. However, the closer the temperature is to 140 as a minimum, the better. It is also worth considering some dishwashers draw heat from the water heater, which means you will need to set the temperature higher.

Water Heater Maximum Temperature

Water that has reached 140 degrees is capable of causing third-degree burns. If you turn the water heater up to 140, you run the risk of being scalded when you wash your hands or take a shower. If you have children at home, they may suffer more from burns due to their thinner layers of skin. Elderly relatives are also at high risk of suffering an injury from a water burn.

Now, while this may seem like an impossible dilemma, there is a solution. Anti-scald valves can be installed at points of contact with hot water. This will allow you to set the water heater to 140 without any issues. When the water reaches the taps, it comes out at 120 degrees or lower. If you are considering anti-scald valves, make sure to give Mason Plumbing a call, as they are tricky to install if you don’t know what you are doing.

We have the skills and experience to install anti-scald valves to optimize your water heater temperature. Mason Plumbing can assess your needs and provide answers that make sense for your home or business. Anti-scald valves are a great innovation but it’s important to check to make sure you actually need them before paying for installation.

Energy Saving

Energy saving is one of the most important sustainability efforts that is undertaken by home and business owners. It is also proven to reduce the cost of bills when you reduce energy usage. There are ways to save without compromising the optimum temperature of your water heater.

You can use less water by shortening the time spent in the shower. Yes, we know that is all but impossible, but you will find it significantly reduces hot water usage. If you have a dishwasher, use it. Hand-washing dishes typically use more water, which means higher energy usage.

Have you checked to make sure your pipes are properly insulated? You can make a DIY project out of installing insulation on pipes you can reach. However, for a professional touch, bring in the experts from Mason Plumbing to make sure the job is done right.

Water Heater Maintenance & Replacement

If you are having problems with your water heater, you may need to consider maintenance or repairs. Mason Plumbing can assess your system to determine if any work needs to be done to improve performance and reduce energy costs. We are a company that has a vast amount of experience in repairing water heaters for home and business owners.

In some cases, the problem is the water heater needs to be replaced. Mason Plumbing is on-hand to provide you with guidance and we can replace your water heater with a system that gives you optimum performance. Water heater temperature is an important consideration for homeowners who are trying to save money. Speak to Mason Plumbing when you have concerns about issues with your water heater.

Contact Mason Plumbing today for assistance with your water heater temperature or any other cooling, heating, or plumbing problems. We are your trusted maintenance, repair, and replacement experts; serving Mesa and the surrounding areas.