Model #153332361 KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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PILOT LIGHT 153332361 Kenmore Econimizer 5 gas water heater

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the Kenmore Economizer 5's pilot not staying lit, I know how inconvenient that is to have occur.
This type of issue could be caused by a few things, it could be an issue with the thermocouple, the gas valve, insufficient ventilation, low gas pressure, or even the pilot itself. 
Being as old as this water heater is, manufactured in 1998, if you had to change out the gas valve, you would need to drain the heater. It's probably full of sediment unless you've flushed it yearly. The drain port may plug up and you will need to remove and replace it. Draining the sediment out may not be good unless it's been done on a consistent basis. The sediment may be whats holding the heater together.
It can be difficult to diagnose these types of issues. The gas valve and thermocouple are still offered for it, but the pilot has been discontinued. After the time and expense of repair, a new water heater may be more economical. However, if you would like to repair it, and you've diagnosed the issue, I have linked the parts page on SearsParts below.

Kenmore Water Heater Parts for Model 153332361

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 30, 2014

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