Model #153324350 KENMORE Water heater, Electric

  • 30 Gallon Model
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Q:

How to test if my control valve is working? 153324350 Kenmore Kenmore power miser 5

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

The model number provided is for an electric water heater, not a gas. Without a valid model number, we are not sure which unit you have and cannot provide much detail. 

However, since the pilot does receive the gas to light initially, I don't suspect the valve to the be the issue. You could have a dirty burner assembly, or a restriction in the venting. I have attached a video below that you can watch for more details. YouTube has a plethora of great videos that can help you successfully troubleshoot and diagnose the issue.

YouTube Gas Water Heater Troubleshooting 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 06, 2014
Q:

I have a question on my Sears Water heater. Model 153324350

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I know how important it is to have hot water in your home and although your water heater is not working properly I will be happy to help. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I suggest you look in your owners manual for some good troubleshooting tips. Below is a link in where you can enter your model number and your owners manual will pop up. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
March 05, 2011
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I can understand your concern. The reset on the top thermostat is ok. It's not tripped if the top element is working, which is why you don't hear the click, when it's pressed. When the reset trips, it shuts off power to both elements. I'm attaching a wire diagram and hope it will help you. To check voltage to the bottom element turn the temperature dial on the upper thermostat to a cooler setting or until you can hear it click. The water in the top of the tank will need to be hot to make this check. Now, place one of your meter leads on the, red wire on the lower element and the other meter lead on the black wire at the top of the lower thermostat. If you get a reading of 240 volts it means the top thermostat is working ok. Now move the meter lead to the black wire on the lower terminal and if there is 240 volts there, the lower thermostat is also ok. If you only 120 volts or no reading at all, the lower thermostat will need to be replaced. If you get a voltage reading of 240 volts with the meter leads on both terminals of the element, it will indicate the element has failed. When making these voltage checks, do not remove any of the wires. Only make these voltage checks if you feel very confident that you can make these checks safely. I hope this will help you. If you like more assistance, any additional details will be helpful and I will be glad to assist you further.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Safety Notice: Be sure to disconnect the appliance before performing any troubleshooting procedures. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks or repairs that might be recommended, please contact a local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 07, 2011
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I have a model 153.324350 water heater. At the heating elements I am getting 17.2 ohms. How do I test the thermostat?

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The best way to test the thermostat is to see if it is sending voltage to the element. It sounds like your thermostats are working.

The heater should only bring one element on at a time. From a cold start the top element will heat first. When the top thermostat is satisfied, it sends the voltage to the lower thermostat which should send voltage to the lower element until the lower thermostat is satisfied.

I think you read something wrong, the element can't be drawing 15 amps without 240 volts being applied to the element terminals. Go back and check your readings.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2009

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