DIY 101 Why Is Your Water Heater Too Hot?

If your water heater is producing scalding hot water, it can be a cause for concern. Understanding why your heater is too hot can help you address the issue effectively. Here are a few potential reasons and DIY solutions to consider.

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The thermostat controls the temperature of the water in your heater. If it’s set too high, it can result in water that’s hotter than necessary. Locate the thermostat (usually found near the bottom of the tank) and adjust it to a lower temperature, typically around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

A malfunctioning thermostat can cause the water heater to heat the water beyond the desired temperature. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t resolve the issue, it may need to be replaced. Consult your heater’s manual for instructions on replacing the thermostat.

The pressure relief valve is designed to release pressure if it becomes too high. If it’s not functioning correctly, the pressure may continue to rise, resulting in hotter water. Test the valve by lifting the lever slightly to release a small amount of water. If it’s faulty, consult a professional to replace the valve.

While these DIY tips can help address some common causes of a heater being too hot, it’s important to exercise caution when working with heaters. Make sure you’re wearing proper safety equipment around hot materials. Do your research or consult an expert if you’re not sure how to proceed.


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