How do you adjust the temperature on a GE water heater?

Water Heaters – How to Adjust Temperature Setpoint

  1. Turn off the power to the water heater.
  2. Remove the jacket access panel(s) and insulation exposing the thermostat(s).
  3. Using a small screwdriver, set the thermostat(s) dial pointer(s) to the desired temperature.
  4. Replace the insulation and jacket access panel(s).

Where is the thermostat on a GE hot water heater?

The temperature of the water in the water heater can be regulated by setting the temperature dial of the adjustable surface mounted thermostat(s) located behind the jacket access panel(s).

How do you check an electric water heater thermostat?

Test the lower portion of the thermostat, by touching one lead to the common terminal (next to the temperature setting) and the second lead to the left heating element terminal. If the water in the tank is below the thermostat’s set temperature, the multimeter should read close to zero ohms of resistance.

How do I reset my water heater thermostat?

Somewhere on your electric water heater, you’ll find a reset button. It’s usually red and often located near the thermostat. It may also be hidden behind a removable metal panel on the unit—and then behind some insulation. Once you find the button, push and release it.

What temperature should electric water heater be set at?

120 degrees Fahrenheit is the safety recommendation against scalding, but 140° is the common default setting. Most experts agree that anything below 120 degrees creates a risk for bacteria to develop inside your water heater from stagnant water, such as legionella that causes Legionnaire’s disease.

Why is my electric water heater not heating?

If an electric water heater is not producing hot water, it could be a simple problem like a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Additionally, some electric water heaters have a circuit-style safety switch located near or on the thermostat.