Tank repair procedure

The Tank Tank repair procedure

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  • #6441
    fullapoo
    Participant

    Since hubby had a stroke, I have to do the repair stuff. Before I do anything to the heater, do I have to shut it down?:? Tks

    #6444
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    I’m not sure what you’re planning on doing, but if you’re going to be taking apart plumbing, you’ll want to shut off water pressure and turn the control to pilot if gas, or shut off electricity at the breaker if electric. Gas, so it doesn’t fire up while you’re working on it; electric, so you don’t kill yourself.

    But if you really don’t know what you’re doing, you might do better to call a pro.

    Randy Schuyler

    #6448
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello: What sort of stuff do you have in mind? Perhaps we could help walk you through it 😉

    Yours, Larry

    #6450
    fullapoo
    Participant

    The tank was put in in 1997. I run out of hot water getting a bath. There’s just the 2 of us. I was thinking the dip tube might need replaced. Or maybe the whole thing? Thankx. 😀

    #6451
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello: The trick is to measure the actual output. You should get about 70 to 75% of the volume of the tank as undiluted hot water. That would be about 30 gallons from a 40 gallon tank. Measure with a calibrated bucket from the tub spout. If you get about that much, the dip tube is good. If not, it could be dip tube, or some other plumbing mixing cold water in with the hot.

    When a heater leaks, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise there is hope 😉 A ten year old heater is not necessarily old.

    Yours, Larry

    #6452
    fullapoo
    Participant

    Ok, tkanks, Larry.:D

    Sandy

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