Model #153318132 KENMORE Water heater, Electric

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What do I do with the plastic "flapper" plugs inside the inlet and outlet nipples on my new waterheater, model 153.318132?


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Alina F. -
December 31, 2010

I can understand your concern. The flaps inside the nipples are heat traps. Heat traps prevent heat loss through the inlet and outlet pipes. The heat trap's design prevents this heat loss and helps make the water heater more energy efficient, while allowing proper flow when the heater is in use. You can remove the flappers by knocking them out or getting some nipples that do not have the flappers. I do however recommend using these nipples. I hope this helps you. Thank you for using Manage My life.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
January 03, 2011
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