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We just purchased a home with a Ruud Pacemaker Everclean water

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We just purchased a home with a Ruud Pacemaker Everclean water heater,
Model PE3R-80-2. It has 2 locations for temperature settings. What are appropriate temperatures for each? Is one a reserve with a lower setting?
Many thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.
Welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help you with your issue. If my initial response doesn’t answer your question then let me know and we can continue our conversation.Residential electric water heaters of 30 gallons or more have 2 thermostats with corresponding heating elements that alternate (they're never on at the same time). The upper thermostat/element is powered until the set temp is reached then power is transferred to the lower stat/element which is powered until that set point is reached. Both should be set at the same temp. 125 is a good starting point. If this proves to be inadequate you can incrementally raise the temp. Anything over 130 increases the risk of scalding.