Model #153329561 KENMORE Water heater, Electric

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Q:

Electric hot water heater does not keep water hot long enough for showers anymore, could it be the thermostat or heating element?

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Having hot water is very important. The problem with the water heater is concerning. I did some research on your model number but was not able to find a solution. Your expert will be able to help answer your question. It may take two business days for your expert to reply. If you would like to look into Sears doing the repair here is a link for Sears Home Services. I do hope that everything works out.

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Marc -
July 12, 2013
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Thank you for submitting your question. I understand your concern and I will be happy to assist you. I recommend checking both elements first, to make sure one of them has not failed. You will need a ohms/volt meter to check the elements. Set the meter to read resistance. To check the element, first disconnect power to the water heater. Remove both wires from the elements and now place one of the meter leads on the element terminal and touch the tank with the other meter lead. The tank is a good ground. If you get any reading at all, it indicates the element is grounded and will need to be replaced. If you get no reading, the element is okay. If the element checks good, then you can test the thermostats for the proper contiuity. You should get a reading of zero ohms for the thermostats. If you replace one thermostat, replace them both.

  • Upper element thermostat (9001954015) and
  • Lower element (9000509015) 
  • Lower heater element (9000225) 
  • Upper heater element (9000148)

You can order parts from our Sears Parts Direct web site. I hope this helps. Please reply back to this thread if you require further assistance. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Tykara -
Sears Technician
July 13, 2013
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Sorry it took me so long to get back. Thank you for the message. I tested the thermostat and element for resistance. I have no reading from terminal to ground. I believe this tells me that the thermostats and elements are ok. Now I'm confused, any suggestions?

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Jonathan -
July 15, 2013
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Testing the Elements- With your multimeter set on 250 volt ac, place one probe on one of the lines above the reset button. Place the tip of the other probe on the water heater tank. Scratch the tank with the end of the probe to be sure you are making good contact. You should not get a reading (the needle should not move) Remove one of the wires from the water heater element. It does not matter which wire is removed. Place the meter probes on each element screw. If the needle on the does not move, the water heater element is bad and needs to be replaced.

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Desirea -
Sears Technician
August 19, 2013
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Why is my water heater making a sound like high-pressure steam coming from a valve?

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I understand the concern you are experiencing with your water heater not functioning. I provided the link below to your manual book page 10 covers some information on the pressure relief valve. An expert will response with additional information. Hope this is helpful.

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Yadira B -
November 26, 2012
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Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the noise from the water heater. Water heaters can and do make some strange noises, which are normal. Unless the water is getting exceptionally hot, this sounds like a normal noise. However, the water should not get cold unless a large amount of hot water is used. If this is not the case, the problem could be with the thermostats or one of the elements may have failed. I hope this helps you. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread 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 .

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
November 27, 2012
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Thank you for your clear explanation, Scott.

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Anonymous -
November 27, 2012
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Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
November 28, 2012
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Scott, what happened to my water heater a week ago happened again this morning: the loss of hot water and the sound of high-pressure steam coming from a valve. Just like a week ago, we did not use a lot of hot water other than cleaning our faces and hand washing a few plates before the loss of the hot water during a shower. This did not happened in the past, at least as what I am aware of. My question is Can this be a sign that my water boiler has begun to develop a certain problem? Thank you.

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Anonymous -
December 03, 2012
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If it does heat the water sufficiently for a few days, before this problem occurs, it would lead to a faulty thermostat. When replacing the thermostat, I recommend replacing both the upper thermostat # 9001954015 and the lower thermostat # 9000509. These thermostats are available at Kenmore water heater parts . If you would like to have a technician check and make this repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out. I hope this will help you.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
December 03, 2012
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Thank you, Scott. My only concern is this: If I do not have the problem fixed, will the water boiler become empty and explode one day when the hot water is used up?

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Anonymous -
December 05, 2012
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I understand your concern but it would be very unlikely for the tank to explode. If the water pressure gets too high, the high pressure relief valve mounted on the side of the tank will open. These valves are designed to open at a pressure of 150 psig or a water temperature of 210 degrees. I hope this will help you. If you do not feel comfortable making this repair, I would recommend calling 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
December 07, 2012
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It is relieving to hear that. Thank you, Scott.

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Anonymous -
December 08, 2012
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I'm glad to help. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
December 10, 2012
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