Model #153331413HA KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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Q:

How do you adjust the pilot light on a model number: 153.331413HA

A:

This is a Kenmore water heater

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Tim -
May 25, 2012
A:

Thank you for your question. This particular model does not appear to have a pilot adjustment screw on it. In order to determine what's causing the pilot to not remain lit I have a few questions.

1.) Do you live in a high altitude environment? You have a High Altitude model water heater.
2.) Are you on Natural or Propane gas?
3.) Has the gas pressure been checked or have you noticed even the slightest of issues with your other gas burning appliances?
4.) Has there been any dust buildup in or around the unit? When was the last time the flame arrestor plate, screen around the base and the burner assembly were cleaned?
5.) When the pilot and burner are lit; is the thermocouple fully engulfed by the pilot flame?
6.) When the burner is running or after the burner shuts down, observe the pilot. Does the pilot flame at any point get pulled in one direction or another?
7.) Does the burner flame appear sagging, lazy, wavy or any color other than blue with some orange tinting?
8.) inspect the venting as much as possible. Do you see any signs of rust flakes on the water heater, any breakdown of the vent pipe or even the slightest blockage in the venting?

I have to ask these questions as there are so many things that could cause the pilot light to go out. I would rather ask them now then have you replace the pilot assembly or the gas valve.

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Andrew D -
Sears Technician
May 25, 2012
A:

Great questions- I have a high altitude model and live at a mile high Natural Gas Have not checked the pressure, how do you do that? I cleaned inside around the burner before I replaced it. Are you talking below the tank? Yes, the pilot is part of the burner flame, but not completely engulfed, it has sort of a rounded edge before it reaches the burner When I turn it off and on manually, it will sometimes grab the pilot light a bit. We noticed that it would go off after usage. Not sagging or lazy Could have some blockage, how can you test this? Venting and cleaning could be an issue. Where do you suggest I clean, underneath tank, burner area, venting area, where? I am willing to clean anything out. Thank you for your assistance, I forgot to check back on this website until now, sorry,

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Tim -
September 05, 2012
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The gas pressure would have to be checked by either the gas company or a skilled professional in the plumbing and heating industry.

Even small amounts of dust or dirt in the burner chamber or around the unit can cause it to malfunction. Units made today are more efficient, but they are also less tolerant of less than desirable conditions. It's good to clean inside the burner chamber, the flame arrestor on the bottom as well as around the base of the water heater and underneath.

If the the burner was sagging I would say you have a combustion problem, but that doesn't appear to be the case and if it's staying lit through an entire cycle then It is likely not the pilot but we do like to see the pilot engulfing the tip of the thermocouple so that may need to be adjusted a bit.

The other potential causes at this point could be a clogged pilot line, dirty orifice or a bad gas valve. Before deciding to order the gas valve, make sure the door on the unit is on tight and doesn't allow a rush of air to suck out the pilot when the burner shuts off. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone check the gas pressure to the unit.

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Andrew D -
Sears Technician
September 06, 2012
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Q:

Why does the pilot light keep going out?

A:

For flame and pilot outage the 2 most common reasons are a stopped up air vent or arrester. You can check and clean the air vent but a technician will be required to clean the arrester which is located under the burner assembly. Listed below are the main reasons for frequent pilot outage:

  • Clogged air intake screen(s) or flame arrester
  • Insufficient combustion / ventilation air supply
  • Improper vent system design or operation
  • High ambient air temperature (115 F or more)
A technician will be required to make these types of checks. I'm including a link you can check to have a technician out to check this. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .] .

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
January 22, 2010

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