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Where is temperature control on Kenmore power miser 12 hot water heater?

I am trying to locate the temperature control for the water heater.
Can you tell me where the adjustment is located on the water heater?

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There are two thermostats - one behind the upper metal housing and one behind the lower metal housing. You should really consult the owner's manual first before adjusting them. The manual is on line at the sears web site.

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If you mean the temperature control dial, it's inside of the metal housing on the bottom of the unit. Slide the metal box up and off, and you will see the dial.

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