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Is Your Water Scalding Hot?

When you go turn on the hot water, you expect it to be warm, but not scaling hot! Water that comes out of the tap too hot may cause burns of injury.

This problem can be caused by several issues and may require water heater repairs in Covington, KY. One of the most common problems is the water heater’s temperature gauge. Let’s take a look at one of most common causes for this issue and how to correct the problem!

Check The Water Heater Settings

The most common reason is that the temperature setting on your water heater is set too high. Water heaters commonly have a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature. If the setting is too high, the water that comes out of the tap can be scalding hot. Adjusting the temperature setting on the water heater can help prevent or revert this problem. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Locate where the water heater in your home is. It is often found in the basement , utility closet or garage. Sometimes there is a designated mechanical room if it’s not in any of the other common places.
  2. Before making any changes, it is important to turn off the power supply to the water heater. Depending on the type of water heater you have, you might need to switch off the circuit breaker to the water heater or turn off the gas supply if it’s a gas-powered water heater.
  3. On the front or the side of the water heater, there should be a control panel or access panel. Remove any covers or insulation to expose the temperature control mechanism.
  4. Locate the temperature dial or thermostat on the control panel. It may be a dial, a button, or an electronic display with buttons to adjust the temperature. Turn the dial or press the buttons to lower the temperature to the desired level. Most manufacturers recommend a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) to prevent scalding and conserve energy.
  5. After changing the temperature setting, give the water heater some time to stabilize and reach the new temperature. This could take a couple of hours.
  6. To make sure that the water is now at the desired temperature, turn on a hot water tap and let it run for a few minutes. Use a thermometer or a temperature gauge to measure the water temperature.
  7. Once you are happy with the new temperature setting and have confirmed that the water is at the desired temperature, you can restore the power supply to the water heater.

These steps might vary depending on your specific water heater’s make and model. If you’re having difficulties with water that is too hot coming from your tap, it is important to reach out to a professional technician who can diagnose and fix the issue with your water heating system. Keep yourself and your family safe by taking care of the issue sooner, rather than later.

Contact Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. today for all of your plumbing needs! 

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