Model #153339472 KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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Kenmore Power Miser 9 water heater. Pilot light has started going out. What should I look for.

A:

I know how important it is to have a good working water heater in the home so that you enjoy the hot water. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. I hope these links provided assistance for you.

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Joseph P. -
January 04, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the water heater. The model number you have submitted is for a 1987 model water heater but if you have the black screen on the bottom, it is newer than that. I will give you the instruction on a newer water heater. The newer heaters have a flame arrestor on the very bottom of the tank. The filter screen should catch the larger debris before it reaches the flame arrestor but dust and lint can still make it to the arrestor. Once the arrestor plugs up the heater will over heat and the gas is shut off. I recommend cleaning the arrestor first. To clean the arrestor, turn the gas off to the heater and follow the instructions in the image below. After you have it cleaned, reassemble and check the operation.

I hope this is helpful. Please reply below if you need further assistance.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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 .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
January 06, 2012
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I have taken the burner out and cleaned everything. It is still shutting off. As of this morning I can not get the pilot light to stay lit. I will lite it holding down on the control button but when I let it up the button it goes out now. I held it down for 5 minutes the last time and it will not stay lit.

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Jay -
January 25, 2012
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If the water heater is doing the same thing, the likely failure is the thermocouple. You should be able to purchase the thermocouple from any local hardware store. If by chance, you cannot find the thermocouple locally you can order it from the like below. Our part number for the thermocouple is H06E-036. I have also posted a link to a video that shows how to replace the thermocouple. Please reply below if you have any other questions.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
January 26, 2012
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i have had the same problem with my water heater it is a power miser 9 30 gallon model 153.337362 and went and got the thermo coupler this morning and reassembled it all and pilot would stay lit until I turned it up to he letter A snd heater worked fine until it the burner shut off after a while and the pilot went out at same time I relit it and turned thermostat up until burner came on it worked after i got it up to B then the same thing burner goes out and pilot goes out right after the burner shuts off. I amm stuck now and do not know what else i can do but go and get another heater and thats not to likely as i am disabled and on limited income. I apoligize for the length but any help would be greatly appreciated . Thank you

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bruce -
June 21, 2012
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Bruce,

I recommend checking the vent first. To do this you will need a match. Once you have the flame on light the match and hold it near the vent hood on the top of the water heater. The flame should be drawn into the vent hood. If it pushes the flame away from the hood, the vent is plugged. If the vent is fine, I recommend removing the burner. Then clean off any rust and make sure the orifice hole is clear. Next, remove the pilot tubing from the pilot assembly and make sure the pilot orifice is clear. Once all of it is clean, go ahead, reassemble the water heater, and check the operation. If it still goes out, you need to watch the flame area to determine if the blame is being blown out or if the valve is turning off. If the valve is shutting off, I suspect a defective valve. If it is being blown out, I recommend checking the cap on the roof. I hope this is helpful.

Please let me know what you find. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 24, 2012
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