Question about Kenmore Kitchen Ranges
You can easily replace the seal and I would advice you just replace the element with a new one if they water heater is over 5 years old. Purchase a seal from Sears or new element, or any other appliance dealer. Purchase Pipe Dope and an element wrench at a plumbing supply store. Warning: Turn off the power to the water heater before you do anything. Turn of water supply to the water heater. Drain all water from the heater using drain at bottom which you can hook a water hose to. Open the hot water heater relief valve to speed the draining. Put on gloves as the area around the element is sharp and you can get a bad cut. Remove the cover from element attached with 2 screws. Push the fiberglass or cardboard out of the way. Remove wires from element and write down how they are connected. Remove the element by turning counterclockwise. If you have a hard time removing it try turning clockwise a little. If it still will not turn you may need to purchase that element wrench at a plumbing supply store if you failed to do so. Sometime you can use a pipe wrench. Remove the element, clean the area, and replace the gasket and the element. Put pipe dope on the element threads before reinstalling. Remove all the aerators at all the faucets to prevent debris from clogging them when you turn the water back on. Shut the safety valve. Turn the water back on and turn on one hot water faucet farthest away from the water heater to allow the trapped air to escape. Once you know the water heater is full, shut off the faucet and turn the power back on. Replace all the faucet aerators. This will solve your leak problem.
Posted on Jun 03, 2010
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