How to Change Thermocouple on a Kenmore 153.336466

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The Sears Kenmore 153.336466 is a 40-gallon gas water heater that is part of the Power Miser 6 series. It is designed to be energy efficient and low maintenance. The thermocouple measures the temperature in the pilot light unit to determine if the pilot light is working. A faulty thermocouple may prevent the pilot light from working or could cause other problems with your water heater.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Nut driver
  • Wrench
  • Turn off the gas supply leading to the water heater.

  • Press the lock tab under the gas control knob on the front of the Kenmore water heater. Turn the gas control knob to "Off."

  • Loosen the screws holding the access door in place. Remove the door.

  • Disconnect the thermocouple connections from the gas control assembly with the wrench. Disconnect the pilot supply tube with the wrench.

  • Lift the burner assembly out of the Kenmore water heater.

  • Remove the screw holding the thermocouple to the burner assembly. Position the new thermocouple into the assembly. Install the screw that holds it in place.

  • Replace the burner assembly into the water heater. Connect the thermocouple and pilot supply tube connections.

  • Replace the access door. Tighten the screws that hold the door in place. Turn the gas supply on.

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References

  • "Kenmore Power Miser 6 Gas Water Heater Owner's Manual"; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; 2007
  • "Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances"; Eric Kleinert; 2007
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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