Model #153339261 KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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Q:

my drain valve is dripping and is closed tight, on my water heater model 153.339261. would that be covered as a replacement in the 9 year warranty?

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I did some research on the unit and I was unable to locate information that would be helpful with regards to your question at this time. Your expert will answer within two business days with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Joseph P. -
January 30, 2013
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I understand it is important to understand the warranty when repair is needed. The warranty covers defects in material or workmanship for nine years, but after the first two years, there is a charge for labor costs for replacement of parts. If the cause is due to leaks in pipes or fittings outside of the water heater or due to condensation, there would be a trip charge. A leak at the drain valve should be first checked to verify the valve is not slightly opened. Also check to make sure the water has not dripped down from the relief valve due to condensation. Condensation may be due to a large amount of cold water filling the water heater or due to cold during the winter months. Check for leaks after the temperature has warmed and the water heater has had a chance to fully heat the tank. If the leak is at the point of the drain valve, it may just be a washer. If you would like to replace the washer yourself, you will need to follow the instructions in the Manual on page 22. If you do need to schedule a Sears technician, you can schedule here; Sears Home Services . If further help is needed, please reply. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Barbara H. -
Sears Technician
January 31, 2013
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Kenmore hot waterheater is leaking water from the copper tube that extends from the temperture pressure release value. model # 153.339261 purchased Oct. 2005

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I know how important it is to have warranty on your appliances in case repairs are ever needed and I am sorry for the inconvenience. I am adding a link below in where you can view the owners manual for your water heater and find warranty information. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
March 12, 2012
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Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the water leak. Unless the water is excessively hot, this will be caused by thermal expansion. This happens because there is now a check valve in the main water supply line that prevents the normal back pressure from a water heater from expanding back into the water system. This pressure now will sometimes escape out the pressure valve, causing it to leak. To prevent this from happening, an expansion tank # 33102 will probably need to be installed in the water supply line, to the water heater. It's available at SearsPartsDirect . A plumber will be needed to install this tank. This type of repair is external and not part of the water heater, so the warranty probably won't cover this. I hope this will help you. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you further.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 14, 2012
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