My water heater is one of those that had the defective dip tube. I havnt
pulled the old one out but I have the symptoms of a defective tube. I
looked on line and cant find a place that sells dip tubes. Any ideas where
to buy them? Are they sized to a particular tank model or is it sufficient
to just know its a 50 gallon gas fired heater tank thats xx high and yy
wide with a 3/4 water connection?
I don't think you tried very hard...
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/hotwater.html (halfway down the page)
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
In addition, any decent plumbing supply business will carry dip tubes
and tell you how to install it. Avoid the borgs.
Thank you. Can i ask what search terms you put into google? i found a lot of
articles on dip tubes but i didnt actually find one for sale like you did.
I must not be doing this google thing right
tanks with dip tube troubles are now very aged.
so how do you know its bad? how old is your tank and what is it doing
with a old tank your probably better off replacing it, new foam
insulated tanks are much more efficent too
I get good hot water for a short time in the shower, then luke warm after
that. Its a 50 gal tank, runs on NG, built in 96. If i could be sure a new
one would be more efficient I might opt for a replacement. The thing is, i
dont think a new one is much different. Seems the new ones mostly have
about 1" of foam and thats what i have now near as i can tell.
Can you recommend a top of the line efficient model?
is the energy guide label still on your tank? its brite yellow and
says how much its average fuel cost is...
beyond that your tank is 11 years old, is likely sludged up. since you
run out of hot water why not upgrade to a 75 thousand BTU 50 gallon or
even 75 gallon tank? this insures a big improvement and costs no more
for energy. plus foam of that era is less than 1/2 of today per inch.
the current foam is about R7 per inch closed cell. old foam was open
cell and not nearly as good a insulator.
disturb your 11 year old tank will almost certinally result in a leak
either short or long term.
My old tank wa 34,000 btu, replaced with the same size 75,000 btu it
was like night and day:)
larger higher BTU tanks purchase price costs little more and adds so
much in long term comfort and convenience.
trust mew is money WELL spent!
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