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Old 04-06-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Water Heater Dip Tube Problem?

My 6.5 year-old gas hot water heater (50 gallon A.O. Smith) has started running out of hot water after 15 minutes or so. A plumber told me it was probably a bad dip tube and it would be better to replace the whole hot water heater, rather than repair it.

Does this sound like an accurate diagnosis? What can I do to confirm the problem? And do you really replace rather than repair?

Thanks for any help,

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome aboard Steve, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Replace the dip tub, may as well do the anode while you are at it, the tank is only at its 1/2 life.


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