OK to install longer nipples on new W/H?

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    hduncel
    Participant

    I plan to install my new W/H shortly, and will be replacing the existing outlet port, anode and dip tube prior to installation.

    It’s a gas heater, and there’s only about 1″ of unthreaded nipple showing due to the thicker insulation on these new models. I was wondering – is it OK to install the longer 6″ nipples to make it easier to maintenance next time? Will they even fit?

    Thanks in advance.

    #23774
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    Yes, you could do that, but why would you want to? Maintenance doesn’t usually involve the nipples unless one of them is a combo anode in the hot port. If you decided to replace the dip tube with a curved one from me, that can include a 6-inch nipple.

    Randy Schuyler

    #23775
    hduncel
    Participant

    Thanks for the prompt response. Yes, that was the idea … replace the outlet port with a combo and install a curved diptube.

    The current nipples are short – only about 3″ – and with the thicker insulation are difficult to get a pipe wrench on without damaging the threads.

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