Model #153327464 KENMORE Water heater, Electric

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What would causew a water heater to provide 1/2 of the hot water that it used to? 153.327464


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I am sorry to hear that the water heater is only providing half the hot water that it used to. I know how important it is to have enough hot water.

This type of symptom is more than likely caused by one of the heating elements in the unit being out. It could be either the upper or lower element. You will need to shut off power, drain the water heater, and remove the two elements to test them. To check the heating element, first disconnect the power from the water heater. Now, remove the front covers and peel back the insulation to access the elements. Remove one or both wires from the element and place your meter leads on both of the screws on the element. The resistance should be approximately 13 ohms. If there is no reading at all, the element will need to be replaced. If the resistance seems ok, now leave one meter lead on the element and place the other meter lead on the tank. If there is any reading at all, it means the element is grounded and will need to be replaced. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 18, 2014



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Joseph P. -
July 12, 2012

I suspect the reset button tripped. Be sure the upper thermostat is not set higher than the lower thermostat. The image below shows a picture of the thermostat with the reset button circled. It can trip once and be okay but if you reset it and it trips again then there is likely something wrong with an element. I hope this helps. You can reply with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2012
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