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Water Heater Safety Tips

Water heaters are thankfully low-maintenance units, but that doesn’t mean they should go completely ignored. Like most manufactured products, things can go wrong with your water heater, and in those situations, it’s best to know what to look for and how to respond. Below is a list of 4 water heater safety tips we’ve put together here at Hudson to help educate you on how to best utilize your new water heater.

One of the great things about water heaters is that they require very little maintenance. But like with all man-made products, there are things that could go wrong. That’s why it’s important to know what safety concerns to look for when owning a gas or electric water heater.

Your Water Heater Needs to Be Properly Vented

Gas water heaters need to be properly vented to prevent fumes from escaping into the house. You should consider consulting a licensed plumber to learn about proper venting procedures and protocols. In a nutshell, gas water heater vents should be configured free of dips. They should also run parallel to the tank heading in an upward direction. The most important thing is that the vent itself completely covers the diameter of the gas water heater diverter.

Properly Set the Temperature

Most residential water heaters are preprogrammed and require little to no temperature control after installation. But it’s a good idea for homeowners and renters alike to understand the importance of regulating the unit’s temperature settings. The general rule of thumb is that most water heaters should be set at the 120-degree Fahrenheit range. Not only is this setting conducive to comfortable shower use, but it’s also a safe temperature to kill germs without scolding sensitive skin.

Safety Relief Valve Should Be Tested

The safety relief valve, or PRV, is the mechanism that limits the pressure build-up in your water heater. In the event that the pressure becomes too great, the safety relief valve is designed to allow the pressure to safely escape. We recommend scheduling an annual inspection by a licensed plumber of your water heater to verify it’s functioning properly.

Your Water Heater May Require a Pedestal

In the state of Indiana, it is required by law that gas water heaters in garages be placed atop pedestals. Pedestals are used to elevate the burner assembly 18-inches off the ground according to plumbing code. Elevating the burner helps eliminate the risk of igniting any miscellaneous chemicals that can be found within garages.


If you have any concerns at all about the condition of your water heater, please get in contact with a licensed and insured local plumber today. We will completely evaluate the system and quickly make any necessary repairs.