Is My Water Too Hot?

The simple answer is, Possibly. 

Most manufactures of water heaters ship their products with a factory setting of 140°F (60°C). The recommended temperature is 120°F (49°C) - 125° (52°C). With that being said the water heater is shipped with the temperature set to a safety hazard, the installer should recognize this and turn down the thermostat to a safe temperature. 


Water heaters are a great invention, they provide us with warm showers, hot water to clean dishes and some even heat our entire home. Making sure your water heater isn’t a safety hazard is easy. There is a simple dial on the side of the unit that dictates how the water will be coming out of the faucets. Please always read manufactures operating procedures before changing any settings on your water heater.


Below is a table of water temperature and how fast it can cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns on adult skin 

160°F (71°C)
About 1/2 second

150°F (66°C)
About 1-1/2 seconds

140°F (60°C)
Less than 5 seconds

130°F (54°C)
About 30 seconds

120°F (49°C)
More than 5 minutes


Stay safe and “Protect Your Greatest Investment”

Leslie AmicoComment