Electric Water heaters are set from the factory at about 120 to 125 degrees. At this temperature, most household tasks can be performed quite well. Sometimes, our clients will want hotter water. Here’s how we adjust the temperature:

Tools You’ll Need:
– Flat Head Screwdriver
– Phillips Head Screwdriver

Step 1:
Turn the power off to the heater. You can do this by turning off the circuit breaker at the electrical panel.

Step 2:
On the front of the water heater, there are two panels. Remove both of these panels and set aside.

Adjust Temperature-On-Water-Heater
Step 3:
Remove the insulation to uncover the dial on the thermostat. Using a flat head screwdriver, adjust the temperature to the desired setting. Note: While turning the dial, you may hear a ‘pop’ or a ‘click’ sound. Don’t worry, this is normal. That is just the thermostat adjusting to the new temperature setting.

Step 4: Move down to the the bottom thermostat and follow Step 3 procedures.
NOTE: The upper and lower temperature setting must be the same. If not, the tank will heat inefficiently and you will experience fluctuations is temperature.

Step 5: Re-install the panels making sure not to tighten panel screws too tight. Lightly snug is perfect.

Step 6: Turn the power back on to the heater.

Congratulations, you’ve just made hotter water!

Things To Remember:

The increase in temperature will cause you to use more electricity to heat the water. Depending on how much the increase was, you may or may not notice a difference in your electric bill.

Any temperature setting above the factory-set setting can cause scalding. This is most dangerous if children or an elderly person is using the hot water. Please be responsible when setting the temperature. If you are unsure about this procedure, please call or email the professionals at HomeChoice Plumbing to assist you.


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