What is Your Hot Water Tank Temperature?
Many do not realize they can control their own water tank temperature (you can!). They also wonder if their water isn’t hot enough to kill bacteria, or too hot that it’s going to do a family member harm. Hot water tanks are set to either 120 degrees or to 140 degrees. The truth is there is no right or wrong answer, it’s what works best for you and your family’s needs. To make the best choice we have listed some points for and against both temperatures – give below a read – we feel you’ll see what’s best for you as you go through!
If Your Tank Is 120 Degrees
- This is a safer temperature in terms of a burn – there’s time to get out of the way
- Mineral buildup is more easily preventable in cooler temperatures
- Lower temperatures pull less power so you will find savings at 120 degrees
- The environment is happier with cooler temperatures
NOTE: If you choose to go with 120 Degrees, you should look into insulating your pipes. It is easy and cost-efficient and will keep your water warm when the temperature drops as it does come winter.
If Your Tank is 140 Degrees
- This water tank temperature will protect your water from bacteria and contamination.
- If you have an older water system, a higher temperature will protect the water from stagnating.
- This temperature is hot enough that it can scald a person in seconds. If you have small children, elderly parents and/or someone who simply can’t move quickly, you may want to think twice about keeping water this hot in your home.
How To Test Your Water’s Temperature
If you aren’t certain how hot your water here’s a very simple test you can do at home on your own. Turn your tap on and let the water run full blast for a good minute. Then fill up a glass with said hot water and throw a kitchen thermometer in the glass. After a few seconds you’ll be able to read exactly where your hot water is at in terms of its temperature.
How To Change Your Water Tank Temperature
As we mentioned earlier, you can truly do this yourself, Just make sure that you read through your heater’s manual as all heaters are a bit different in design. Once you know where the controls are and what to do, you can reset it yourself. NOTE: If you choose to go this route, take note that several models of hot water heaters can be found behind a heater’s panels – make sure you are aware.
If you’ve read through and still can’t make a decision, give us a call at John THE Plumber Kingston today and we’ll send one of our qualified Kingston plumbers to you right away to assess your situation.
Your safety is always our biggest concern – call us today at John THE Plumber Kingston – You’ll Be Glad You Did!