The Tank › Suddenly low hot water
- October 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm #12178JimIkenParticipant
Have a 12 year old Rheem 65 gal electric WH. Came home from vacation and water is not as hot as before (can take a shower on hot only now) and doesn’t last as long (we could both take showers before and now all gone after one shower).
I figured one of the heating elements was burned out, but when I took off the cover plates this unit only has a single 5500 W element. The upper plate just has a threaded plug in it.
No sediment evident in tank when I flushed it.
Should I replace the element? Do I need to replace the thermostat too? Is it worth it to get a whole new tank?October 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm #12180Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: I’ve two words for you… dip tube — anode. (OK, that was three words)
ps. A broken dip tube will allow cold water to mix with hot, giving less hot water. At twelve years, your tank wants a new anode. Check for cross connection in the plumbing also. See tanklets.October 21, 2009 at 2:13 am #12181undee70ssParticipant
Check for cross connection in the plumbing also. See tanklets.
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