Water heater not delivering as much hot water as it used to? Your heater’s dip tube may need to be replaced.
What is a dip tube?
The dip tube is a tube that is installed on the cold water supply of a water heater. It brings the incoming cold water to the bottom of the water heater to be heated, while the hot water is drawn of the top of the tank.
Signs you might need a replacement dip tube.
The most common sign that you might need a dip tube replacement is that the shower/tub hot water supply is not lasting as long as it used to. Another sign of a faulty dip tube is having small pieces of plastic clog up aerators on your faucets. This is a sign that the dip tube is deteriorating and pieces are starting to break off.
Here’s a example of a broken or damaged dip tube. When the dip tube is broken off near the top, as in this picture, the cold water supply is able to short circuit over to the hot side before being heated at the bottom of the water heater.
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Here’s a quick video we put together on how to replace a dip tube.Service, Repair, and Replacement
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