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Kenmore 153.330270 Use & Care Manual

Kenmore gas water heater use & care guide.
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Use & Care Guide
Model No.
153.330250 40 Gallon Tall
153.330270 50 Gallon Tall
Gas Water Heater
For potable water heating only.
Not suitable for space heating.
Not for use in mobile homes.
INSTALLER: Affi x these instructions to or near
the water heater.
OWNER: Retain these instructions for future
FOR YOUR SAFETY: An odorant is added to
the gas used by this water heater.
Si no puede leer o entender el inglés y necesita el manual de
instrucciones en español, puede solicitarlo al 1-800-821-2017. NO
advertencia podría originar lesiones graves o mortales.
P/N 319589-002 (1010)
Sears Brands Management Corporation,
Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.



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  • Page 1

    Use & Care Guide Model No. 153.330250 40 Gallon Tall 153.330270 50 Gallon Tall LOW LEAD Kenmore COMPLIANT ® Gas Water Heater For potable water heating only. Not suitable for space heating. Not for use in mobile homes. INSTALLER: Affi x these instructions to or near the water heater.

  • Page 2: Safe Installation, Use And Service

    SAFE INSTALLATION, USE AND SERVICE Your safety and the safety of others is extremely important in the installation, use and servicing of this water heater. Many safety-related messages and instructions have been provided in this manual and on your own water heater to warn you and others of a potential injury hazard.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFE INSTALLATION, USE AND SERVICE ........................SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ........................... TABLE OF CONTENTS ..........................WARRANTY ....................................CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES ............................PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ..............................MATERIALS AND BASIC TOOLS NEEDED ........................Materials Needed ..............................7 Basic Tools................................7 TYPICAL INSTALLATION ................................INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS 9-18 .............................

  • Page 5: Warranty

    A charge will be made on service calls due to poor or incomplete installation. These include: a. Adjusting thermostat b. Condensation c. Leaks in pipes or fi ttings Master Protection Agreements Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new Kenmore ® • $250 Food Loss Protection annually for any food spoilage that...

  • Page 6: Customer Responsibilities

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES ENTIRE MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO INSTALL OR Thank You for purchasing a Kenmore water heater. Properly OPERATE THE WATER HEATER. installed and maintained, it should give you years of trouble free service. If you should decide that you want the new water heater •...

  • Page 7: Materials And Basic Tools Needed

    MATERIALS AND BASIC TOOLS NEEDED MATERIALS NEEDED To simplify the installation Sears has available the installation parts shown below. You may or may not need all of these materials, depending on your type of installation. METAL DRAIN PANS EXPANSION TANKS FOR AVAILABLE IN 20”...

  • Page 8: Typical Installation

    TYPICAL INSTALLATION GET TO KNOW YOUR WATER HEATER - GAS MODELS A Vent Pipe Drip Leg (Sediment Trap) Flue Baffl e B Draft Hood K Inner Door Gas Control Valve/Thermostat C Anode Outer Door U Drain Valve D Hot Water Outlet M Union Pilot and Burner Door Assemblies Outlet...

  • Page 9: Installation Instructions

    INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS Removing the Old Water Heater Attach a hose to the water heater drain valve and put the other end in a fl oor drain or outdoors. (See Figures 2 and 5.) Open the water heater drain valve. MANUAL GAS Disconnect the vent pipe from SHUT-OFF VALVE the draft hood where it connects...

  • Page 10: Facts To Consider About The Location

    Facts to Consider About • Devices that will turn off the gas supply to a gas water heater while at the same time shutting off its water supply. the Location Carefully choose an indoor location for the new water heater. The placement is a very important consideration for the safety of the occupants in the building and for the most economical use of the appliance.

  • Page 11: Insulation Blankets

    Insulation Blankets Insulation blankets available to the general public for external use on gas water heaters are not necessary with Kenmore products. The purpose of an insulation blanket is to reduce the standby heat loss encountered with storage tank heaters. Your...

  • Page 12: Combustion Air And Ventilation Appliances In Unconfi Ned Spaces

    • Do obtain new warning and instruction labels from Sears for The confi ned space shall be provided with two permanent placement on the blanket directly over the existing labels. openings, one commencing within 12 inches (30 cm) of the top and one commencing within 12 inches (30 cm) from the bottom •...

  • Page 13: Water Piping

    Water Piping FIGURE 13. • Alternatively, a single permanent opening may be used when HOTTER WATER CAN SCALD: communicating directly with the outdoors, or with spaces that Water heaters are intended to produce hot water. Water freely communicate with the outdoors. The opening shall heated to a temperature which will satisfy space heating, have a minimum free area of 1 square inch per 3,000 BTU clothes washing, dish washing, cleaning and other sanitizing...

  • Page 14: T & P Valve And Pipe Insulation

    This water heater shall not be connected to any heating INSTALLATION COMPLETED USING systems or component(s) used with a non-potable water heating INSTALLATION KIT appliance. Toxic chemicals, such as those used for boiler treatment, shall not be introduced into this system. FLEXIBLE WATER SHUTOFF...

  • Page 15: Temperature Pressure Relief Valve


  • Page 16: Filling The Water Heater

    The temperature-pressure relief valve must be manually operated of any vent damper, consult your local Sears Service Center or at least once a year. Caution should be taken to ensure that the local gas supplier for further information. (1) no one is in front of or around the outlet of the temperature- pressure relief valve discharge line, and (2) the water manually discharged will not cause any bodily injury or property damage because the water may be extremely hot.

  • Page 17: Gas Piping

    Chemical vapor corrosion of the fl ue and vent system may occur if air for combustion contains certain chemical vapors. Spray can propellants, cleaning solvents, refrigerator and air conditioner refrigerants, swimming pool chemicals, calcium and sodium chloride, waxes, bleach and process chemicals are typical compounds which are potentially corrosive.

  • Page 18: Sediment Trap

    Sediment Traps Water heaters covered in this manual have been tested Contaminants in the gas lines may cause improper operation and approved for installation at elevations up to 2,000 feet of the gas control valve that may result in fi re or explosion. (610 m) above sea level.

  • Page 19: Operating Instructions

    OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SAFETY READ BEFORE LIGHTING WARNING: If you do not follow these instructions exactly, a fire or explosion may result causing property damage, personal injury or loss of life. A. This appliance has a pilot which is lighted by a C.

  • Page 20: Temperature Regulation

    Temperature Regulation The thermostat is adjusted to the pilot position when Never allow small children to use a hot water tap, or to draw their own bath water. Never leave a child or handicapped person it is shipped from the factory. Water temperature can unattended in a bathtub or shower.

  • Page 21: Operating The Temperature Control System

    Operating the Temperature Control System Water Temperature Adjustment Status Light Codes Normal Flashes: The water temperature setting can be adjusted from 55°F to 155°F. Turn the Gas Control/Temperature Knob to the • 0 Flashes Indicates Control Off/Pilot Out. desired setting/temperature. See Figure 22 on page 20. •...

  • Page 22: Service And Adjustment

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT Vent System Inspection Burner Inspection Flood damage to a water heater may not be readily visible or immediately detectable. However, over a period of time a fl ooded water heater will create dangerous conditions which can cause DEATH, SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

  • Page 23: Removing The Burner Door Assembly

    Removing the Burner Door Assembly Ultra Low NOx Natural Gas Burner Check the burner to see if it is dirty or clogged. The burner may Turn off the gas to the water heater at the manual be cleaned with soft paint brush (Figure 26). Do not use a wire shut-off valve (Figure 2).

  • Page 24: External Inspection & Cleaning Of The Flame Trap

    External Inspection & Cleaning of the Using the old pilot tube as a guide, bend the new pilot tube to match the old one. Make only the bends closest to the Flame Trap pilot before going to the next step. NOTE: Skip this step if you are reusing the existing Although not likely to occur, if debris collects on the flame trap pilot tube.

  • Page 25: Replacing The Burner Door Assembly

    Replacing the Burner Door Assembly FLAME-TRAP BRACKET DOOR GASKET FIGURE 30. Piezoelectric Igniter System The piezoelectric igniter system consists of the igniter button, electrode, and wire. The pilot is ignited by an electric spark generated when the igniter button is pressed. (See Figure 31.) Use only factory authorized piezoelectric igniter parts for replacement.

  • Page 26: Removing And Replacing The Gas Control Valve/thermostat

    Removing and Replacing the Gas Control Housekeeping Valve/Thermostat Vacuum around base of water heater for dust, dirt, and lint on a regular basis. Removing the Gas Control Valve/Thermostat: Turn the gas control/temperature knob to the “OFF” position (Figure 22). Turn off the gas at the manual shut-off valve on the gas supply pipe (Figure 2).

  • Page 27: Temperature-pressure Relief Valve Operation

    or replaced more often than an anode rod that appears to be intact. It is recommended that the tank be drained and fl ushed every 6 Replacement of a depleted anode rod can extend the life of your months to remove sediment which may build up during operation. water heater.

  • Page 28: Troubleshooting Guide

    TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE Start Up Conditions Thermal Expansion As water is heated, it expands (thermal expansion). In a closed system, the volume of water will grow. As the volume of water grows, there will be a corresponding increase in water pressure due to thermal expansion.

  • Page 29: Condensation

    lines. Contact Sears Service for further information concerning Condensation an Anode Replacement Kit #9001453 and this Chlorination Whenever the water heater is fi lled with cold water, some Treatment. Anode replacement and chlorination of the tank are condensate will form while the burner is on. A water heater may not covered by the water heater’s limited warranty.

  • Page 30: Troubleshooting Items

    The water temperature exceeds 189°F (87°C). Excessive contaminants in the combustion chamber. The ignition of flammable vapors. A thermopile is used to determine if a pilot fl ame is present and will shut off the gas supply to the main burner and pilot if the fl...

  • Page 31

    TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE(S) CORRECTIVE ACTION BURNER WILL NOT IGNITE Pilot not lit Light pilot Thermostat set too low Turn temp. dial to desired temperature No gas Check with gas utility company Dirt in the gas lines Notify utility-install trap in gas line Pilot line clogged Clean, locate source and correct Main burner line clogged...

  • Page 32

    TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (Continued) DRIP FROM RELIEF VALVE Excessive water pressure Use a pressure reducing valve and relief valve Heater stacking Lower the thermostat setting Closed water system See “Closed System/Thermal Expansion” THERMOSTAT FAILS TO Thermostat not functioning properly Replace thermostat SHUT-OFF Improper calibration Replace thermostat...

  • Page 33

    STATUS LIGHT TROUBLESHOOTING CHART LED STATUS PROBLEM CORRECTIVE ACTION 0 FLASHES (LED NOT LIT) Pilot light is not lit. Not enough Follow the lighting instructions on the front of power (millivolts) to keep it lit. the water heater and record any diagnostic codes.

  • Page 34

    PILOT LIGHT TROUBLESHOOTING CHART Section A: Pilot light will not light (new installation). Section C: Pilot light will not remain lit. Check for insufficient combustion air. Is the manual gas shut-off valve, Turn the manual gas shut-off valve to located in the supply line to the the on position and follow the lighting water heater, in the on position? Are the combustion air supply and ventilation openings...

  • Page 35: Parts Order List

    PARTS ORDER LIST KENMORE ULTRA LOW NOx GAS WATER HEATER Alternate anode MODEL NO’S location for top T&P 153.330250 40 Gallon 153.330270 50 Gallon Anode location for side T&P Key No. Part Description 153.330250 153.330270 Draft Hood 185917-001 185917-001 Heat Trap (Cold) - Some Models...

  • Page 36

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This manual also for:

153.330250, 153.330280, 153.330290

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