The Normal Water Temperature Setting for Home Water Heaters

Written by charlie hare
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
The Normal Water Temperature Setting for Home Water Heaters
Hot water can cause skin burns, if the temperature is not properly regulated. (shower head image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

While people may vary in just how hot they like their showers or baths, or their dish and clothes washing water to be, there are recommended settings, intended to protect people from being scalded by overheated water. Generally speaking, maximum safe output temperature for domestic hot water is 49-52 degrees C (51.7 Celsius).

Other People Are Reading

Significance

Much research has been done about safe water temperatures for domestic household uses. Skin burns can occur if water temperature exceeds the recommended settings; and other factors may play a part as well, like sensitive skin, and how long the skin is exposed to the hot water. Skin burns more quickly as the water temperature increases.

The Normal Water Temperature Setting for Home Water Heaters
Skin burns can happen quickly, if water temperature is too high. (bathtub fixures image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Prevention/Solution

Most domestic hot water heating equipment and plumbing system components today are designed to prevent injury, through the incorporation of anti-scalding devices and other protection measures. Building and industry codes address the potential problems, but it is still up to the user to practice caution and common sense. Never attempt to override or disable built-in safety measures.

The Normal Water Temperature Setting for Home Water Heaters
Skin burns are not fun! Use caution, never disable safety devices. (burns specialists desk image by Keith Frith from Fotolia.com)

Considerations

Appliance manufacturers now install local water "re-heaters", such as in dishwashers and washing machines, where higher temperature water is required for thorough cleaning. These devices increase water temperature locally (to 60 degrees C or more), only for that appliance's cleaning cycles.

The Normal Water Temperature Setting for Home Water Heaters
Modern appliances use built-in reheaters so system water temperature can be left at safe settings. (control panel of dishwasher image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.