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I have a kenmore power miser 8 water heater no hot water even though i am a girl i worked in a hardware store for 8 yrs so i opened spot to top element and pushed reset button. it worked for a day. today someone else tried it because it was not working again when i came home there was water squirting out of the pressure relief valve. should I test or figure it is stuck and replace

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The good news is this is a fairly common problem. Generally when a water heater pilot light goes out it is due to a faulty thermocouple. Replacing this is simple, takes just a few minutes and the part can be found at almost any hardware store.

Now for the not so good news. Kenmore and Whirlpool water heaters are both made by the same company and have severe problems with the gas control/thermostat unit. There is an internal sensor for the thermocouple inside and this goes bad. You can buy the unit and install it or have it installed by a plumber or Sears. Call the service number on the side of the water heater. If you change the unit yourself, there are instructions in the package the unit is in and instructions can be found online. Make sure you turn off the gas line running to the waterheater and release some water pressure from the water heater before you start. It is fairly easy to replace.

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