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When Heating Elements Are Too Hot To Handle

If there’s extremely hot water coming from your taps and your monthly electricity bill is on the rise, it’s likely your heating elements are overheating. You'll need to dial down on your temperature settings.

Check Your Heating Elements

Once the thermostats inside your water heater’s tank sense the temperature has dropped below its setpoint, they activate the heating elements until the set temperature is reached.

However, if the thermostat doesn't tell the heating element to turn off, it will continue heating the water until it overheats. It’s smart to check your heating element’s temperature settings to limit the heat and keep your energy bill down.

How to check your heating elements

  • Check the temperature setting on your water heater's thermostat. Depending on the type of water heater you have, the temperature setting could be in a few different places. Some water heaters have a display on the front, or allow you to download an app that shows the temperature. However, if your water doesn't have these options, you'll need to check it manually.

  • A gas water heater's temperature settings can be found next to the gas line on the outside of the water tank. Turn the dial to adjust the temperature.

  • To check an electric water heater's thermostat, start by turning off the circuit breaker leading to your water heater. Once you're sure the circuit is off and no one will turn it back on, remove the metal cover near the top of the tank. Inside you'll see a thermostat with a dial on the front. If the setting on the dial is high, turn it down a bit.

  • If there are no issues with the temperature setting, check your electric bill to see if it’s unusually high. Overheating heat elements use a lot of electricity, and can cause a nasty surprise on your monthly bill.

If the temperature setting was not the issue, check out some other reasons why the water is too hot.

What to Do if Your Heating Elements Overheat

If you've taken a look and your system’s temperature settings are normal, you may have a faulty thermostat or safety device. You can connect with a Remote Assist expert to determine why your heating elements are overheating.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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