Water Heater General Information

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Published: December 28, 2014 Last Updated: July 25, 2015

Not too hot

Doctors and pediatricians generally suggest that water temperature not exceed 120° F, for adults and especially for children. For they may suffer burns.

A child can receive a server burn quite quickly, so take a minute and check your homes water heater temperature setting. For example, if it is set at 125, don’t think that this is just a little more than what’s suggested, so nothing will happen; for even at 125° F,  injuries can occur.

Fun facts

  • The average home uses approximately 64 Gallons of water a day.
  • $400 to $600 a year is the average home owner cost to heat their water for a year.
  • 2nd largest utility expense for a home owner. It is about 14% to 18% of the utility bill.


Flushing your water heater tank once a year helps get rid of the sediment build-up in it.  Thus, the water heater will last longer and operate more efficiently.

Types of water heater

Tank water heaters ( the most common type)

  • Electric
  • Gas

Tankless water heaters

  • Electric
  • Gas

Boiler system

  • Large system for complex
  • Individual system for one home

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Can you turn it off if it needs replaced so you can still at least have cold water in the house

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