Model #153331551 KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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Q:

I have a Kenmore water heater (Model #153331551). The pilot wouldn't stay lit. I replaced the thermocouple, but it won't stay lit.

A:

I'm sorry about the difficulties you're having with your water heater.  While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have added a helpful link that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
May 23, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry for the problem you are having with your Kenmore 153.331551 gas water heater

The gas heating system consists of the valve, pilot assembly and thermocouple.  If the thermocouple did not help then the pilot assembly or gas valve control is likely the cause of the problem.  You can try to turn the thermostat down to cut the flame off and see if the pilot is going out or being blown out. 

You can reply below with any additional details for further assistance. 

You can also have the problem repaired in your home by a Sears technician.  Here is the link: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage My Life.   

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 25, 2013
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I've tried the theromstat at various settings and am certain the pilot isn't being blown out. there's no draft there. I've already spent $ on a thermocouple that I'm not convinced was bad in the first place. Is it possible the nozzle for the pilot is dirty?

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Tom -
May 29, 2013
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Tom, the problem at this point would be the valve or the piilot assembly. My gut feeling is the pilot assembly is the problem. The 9002984-15 pilot kit will cost approximately $13 dollars while the control valve is close to $140 dollars. Check and clean the pilot orifice or replace the pilot assembly. They pilot is the most likely cause of your problem. Here is the link: PilotAssemblySearsPartsDirect .

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 30, 2013
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I know my gut feeling is not very technical but over the years the majority of these type of problems have been related to the pilot and not the valve. Good luck.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 30, 2013
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Kenmore 8 gas hot water heater (50 gallon) 1995

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An appliance that lasts 17 years or more is what we like to hear, and when you have problems with the Kenmore water heater we like to help you fix it. The link provided below is on a similar issue with a water heater, which may be helpful while waiting for additional information from an expert on your specific model.

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Anna T -
November 16, 2012
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thank you

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george -
November 16, 2012
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Hello George,

I would like to assist you with your water heater question. There are many variables that determine the lifespan of a water heater. The discoloration could be from the heater, sediments within it, or even pipes. If this issue is worsening, I would suggest replacement of the unit, the longer it is in service, the more the potential for failure. If there were not any sign of change, it would likely be ok, but since there is now a noticeable change in the water quality, this could be a sign of near future failure.

If you do not want to replace the water heater, I think that it would be a good idea to consult with a professional plumber to at least look it over, but I would personally replace it if I were in your situation.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
November 16, 2012
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