How to Change Thermocouple on a Kenmore 153.336466

The Sears Kenmore 153.

Changing the thermocouple requires only simple tools.Changing the thermocouple requires only simple tools.
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.

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Nut driver
  • Wrench

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