Model #153321840 KENMORE Water heater, Electric

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Q:

Are the Anode rods in my Sears Kenmore Power Miser 12, 80 gallon electric water heater reverse or standard thread. Is there a special trick to removing em?

A:

The anode rods are removed with a standard CCW rotation.

They do get stuck. If you have some liquid wrench available it might help.

I recommend a 6 point socket.

I'd suggest renting an impact wrench with an impact socket and wear safety goggles.

Be sure to use a 6 point socket because you don't want to round the corners of the rod.

I hope this information is helpful to you but submit another question with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2010
Q:

Why does our electric water heater suddenly put out scalding hot water?

A:

A shorted to ground heating element can cause the heating element to remain ON continuously causing the scalding water. A shorted heating element can also cause a failure in one of the thermostats too. Both heating elements and both thermostat should be tested.

NOTE: Remove or disconnect power to the water heater before removing the thermostat and heater access covers.

In order to diagnose if one (1) of the two (2) heating elements is shorted to ground an ohm meter will be needed. Remove the wires from the heating element and ohm across each element terminal screw to the mounting nuts securing the element to the tank. If you find a grounded heating element I recommend replacing both upper and lower thermostat at the same time that the heating element is replaced.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your water heater.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
September 30, 2008

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