Problem with Kenmore Hydrosense gas water heater

Problem with Kenmore Hydrosense gas water heater

by Jackie
(US)

Please help, my Kenmore Hydrosense gas water heater won't light so the unit doesn't work. I don't have a hot water and don't know what to do.

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Oct 19, 2012
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problems w/ Kenmore Hydro Sense water heater
by: Anonymous

I have a Kemore Hydrosensee water heater that's 3yrs old; it's model #153334430. I've replaced the whole burner system unit, & is still won't light??? The red sensor light keeps blinking 7 times even AFTER it's tunred off!!!!This is very very aggravating. Any suggestions??

Oct 14, 2012
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WATER HEATER WON'T STAY ON
by: Anonymous

This sounds familiar; My family has been out of hot water for several days;I have cleaned out the air vents to the max but still the pilot lite won't stay on; I do have a technician coming out in the next few days, but I am afraid that he will do the same. Charge over $200, for a ten minute job!! I am a single mother & desperate.Is it difficult to change out the cuplings? I am willing to take it apart if it's not too hard to do...

Jun 05, 2012
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Kenmore Hydrosense
by: Wayne

Sears technician came to look at my water Kenmore Hydrosense heaters and quickly came to the same conclusion - the thermocouples are bad. He did not have the parts resulting in no hot water for my family for several days already. He ordered the parts and was going to charge $210 for labor for the expected installation of about 20 minutes each. I refused to pay that much and asked him to send parts to me for my own installation. In the end I was charged $89 for the 10 minute diagnosis.

May 29, 2012
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Kenmore Water Heaters Quit
by: Wayne

I bought two 40-gal Kenmore Hydrosense water heaters 4 years ago. Recently both started failing: burner and pilot would go out after tsaying on for some variable amount of time (e.g., from minutes to hours). I cleaned and sanded the thermocouple. It did not help much. It looks the pilot assembly needs to be replaced. Although the warranty says parts are free, Sears would charge $89 plus taxes for diagnosis alone on one water heater. Installation would have to be done by Sears with potentially additional charge. The thermocouple is not a typical one you see in Home Depot or Lowes. It is a two wired one that is not available for sale as a separate item. Buying the pilot assembly would cost $80. I will not buy this water heater again due to cost of repairs for such a simple problem!

Jan 04, 2011
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pilot light not stable
by: Anonymous

I depressed pilot light and pressed ignition light till it lit. waited 30 seconds till i turned the knob to desired temp. it stay on for about 5 mins then turns off.

May 18, 2010
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Troubleshooting Kenmore Hydrosense gas water heater
by: Mark

There are many reasons why your Kenmore Hydrosense water heater doesn't want to light the pilot flame. I will try to cover few of them, but first check is the water heater getting gas at all, the manual shut off valve might be closed or the water heater is getting a low gas pressure.

1. Your Kenmore gas water heater has the pilot light that is ignited by an electric spark generated by the electrode when the igniter button is pressed. One of the reasons for the problem you are having with the pilot light might be the igniter, which is not functioning properly. If that is the case, than you have to replace it. To test your igniter system look at the electrode while activating the igniter. There should be a visible spark released by the electrode. If electrode is rusty or dirty, it might prevent the spark from generating. Use the fine grit sandpaper to clean the electrode.

2. If you suspect a flammable vapor incident occur, do not use the unit. Since your Kenmore HydroSense is equipped with a thermal switch, it is designed to shut off the gas supply if there are flammable vapors.

3. If the pilot light orifice or pilot line is clogged, clean it.

4. Your gas valve might not be working properly, I would call the technician.

I hope this will help your Kenmore water heater to work again.

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