Model #153333347 KENMORE Water heater, Gas

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replacing parts in Kenmore water heater


I think its great that you are wanting to do some repairs on your own and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will guide you with your repairs. I hope this helps with your part repair, while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
July 03, 2012

Hello Bob,

I would like to assist you with your question. I believe that you are referring to the gas control valve, item number 12, in the diagram that I have included at the end of this reply. If this is the case, the water heater will need to be drained. When reinstalling the new control, the gas line connection will need to be removed and safety precautions should be taken! Be sure to use several turns of Teflon sealing tape on the threads of the control valve. When reinstalling the gas lines, be sure to use sealant tape that is specifically for gas connections, it is usually yellow in color. Any flare type fittings should not have sealant of any kind used, they are compression fit only.

Please let me know if there is anything further that I may assist you with.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
July 06, 2012
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where is air intake screen located


Possible causes of frequent pilot outage:

  • Clogged air intake screen(s) or flame arrester
  • High ambient air temperature (115° F or more)
  • Insufficient combustion / ventilation air supply
  • Improper vent system design or operation

See image below for location of the air intake screen. I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your water heater if cleaning the intake screen does not resolve the pilot from going out.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2010

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