Water enters your home at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The average shower water temperature is 105 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a 55-degree difference your water heater is making up for you every day. Whether you use gas or electric, eventually your water heater will stop working properly. A professional plumber can tell you whether it can be repaired, or needs to be replaced. You’ll want to consider not only the cost of the water heater, but the installation and operating costs, as well.
How to Determine Operating Costs
Here’s the breakdown:
Taking a shower 5 gallons/minute
Taking a bath 36 gallons
Brushing your teeth 1 gallon/minute
Load of laundry 25-40 gallons
Washing dishes by hand 8-27 gallons
Running the dishwasher 6-16 gallons
Watering the lawn 2 gallons/minute
Flushing the toilet 1.6-4
Did you Know? Water that’s 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher can cause a third-degree burn in less than fives seconds. The Mayo Clinic recommends setting your water heater temperature below 120 degrees Fahrenheit and drawing your child’s bath at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maplewood Plumbing & Sewer has been taking care of St. Louis’ water heater service needs since 1985.
We are experts in repair, replacement and installation of traditional and tankless water heaters. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
We offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor excluding washers.
Give us a call at 314-645-6350 or fill out the contact form here for more information or to request a bid.