Model #153331544 KENMORE water heater, gas

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Q:

Why does the igniter on my Kenmore water heater model 153331544 work only sometimes?

A:

I am not sure if you are referring to the igniter for the pilot not igniting the pilot light or the pilot light not igniting the gas burner. If the igniter is not lighting the pilot properly, then you can try to adjust the igniter tip. Make sure that you have a proper gas supply provided to the water heater. Properly follow the lighting instructions for the pilot. Check for loose wiring on the igniter. Check your installation instructions to make sure that the water heater is properly installed according to guidelines. If the igniter fails to operate intermittently, then you may need to replace it. If the igniter is working properly, then you may need to replace the pilot assembly. I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair this type of problem.

If the gas burner is not lighting properly, check for an adequate gas supply. Make sure that the water heater is properly installed. You could have a failed gas control valve. An intermittent problem can be hard to diagnose. I recommend calling a service technician to examine the water heater.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 26, 2009

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