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I have a Kenmore water heater model number 153339461. Tried to light per instructions and pilot still is not lighting. What else should I do?

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If the pilot is not lighting, you may have a lot of air in the gas line. If the pilot light is not staying lit, you may have to change the thermocouple.

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Gas control could be bad.
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Read your product manual for steps.
Copy following link for general illustration.
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More information is needed to give accurate do-it-yourself help.
Have you changed the thermocouple?
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-replace-thermocouple.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aBPsNg6vo

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What do the re-light instructions show on side of unit next to gas valve? What does your manual say?
What type of gas control valve does unit have. Is this electronic gas control valve?
Add a comment with information.

Open following links for READING about general pilot light problems across different types and models of water heater: do-it-yourselfer will find useful resources.
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If you want to fix water heater yourself, then more information is needed to narrow down scope of answer.
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Find the model number and re-post question with as much information as possible for more assistance.

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http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/

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