The Tank › Tank repair procedure
- April 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm #6441
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?:? TksApril 16, 2007 at 2:30 am #6444Randy SchuylerKeymaster
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 SchuylerApril 16, 2007 at 3:54 pm #6448Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: What sort of stuff do you have in mind? Perhaps we could help walk you through it 😉
Yours, LarryApril 16, 2007 at 7:17 pm #6450
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. 😀April 16, 2007 at 10:39 pm #6451Larry WeingartenParticipant
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, LarryApril 16, 2007 at 10:42 pm #6452
Ok, tkanks, Larry.:D
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