How to Adjust Your Water Heater’s Temperature

water heater and pipes in boiler roomIf you are not a professional plumber, then it is likely you do not have a lot of experience in working with water heaters. However, water heaters are naturally an essential appliance to any home, so knowing the basics on how to manage it is important. If you’ve never adjusted the temperature of your home’s water heater, keep reading to learn more.

On most water heater units, thermostats are covered with an insulator and protector. After turning off the circuit breaker, you can remove these panels to locate and read the thermostat. Use the knob to adjust the heater to your preferred water temperature. It’s important to note that while many water heaters come preset at 140 degrees, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a temperature of  120 degrees. (You can also save about 4% on your utility bill for every ten degrees you turn down the thermostat!)

If your water heater is over ten years old and not operating efficiently, it may be time to invest in a new one.  At JL Wagner, we are happy to offer a wide array of plumbing services in Geneva, IL, including water heater installation and repair services. Contact us today to ask more questions about your water heater.