September 13,2020

How to Change a Dip Tube in a Water Heater

Dip tubes help to direct the incoming cold water toward the bottom of the water heater tank so it can be heated more quickly. A damaged or dysfunctional dip tube can cause a lot of issues, making it difficult to take a hot shower or rinse your dinner dishes. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, we offer premium residential and commercial plumbing services including water heater repair, replacement and installation services. Are you tired of dealing with fluctuating water temperatures? Here are some common signs that your dip tube is compromised, and what you can do to solve the problem.

Common Dip Tube Issues

While metal and PEX dip tubes are available, many water heaters come with standard plastic units. These types of dip tubes can sometimes wear out quickly due to constant exposure to hot water and minerals. If your plastic dip tube becomes brittle, it may break, causing irregular water temperatures.

How to Replace a Water Heater Dip Tube

First, it is important to keep in mind that not all water heater tanks have dip tubes. Some models have the cold-water inlet placed at the bottom of the tank, eliminating the need for a dip tube. However, if your you notice the cold water coming through the middle or top of your tank, then you have a dip tube. Always put safety first, by turning off the power at the circuit breaker. Neglecting to perform this task could put yourself and others at risk of electrocution. Next, you will need to turn off the cold-water inlet valve and drain the hot water tank to get rid of any broken plastic or debris. Then you will disconnect the cold-water supply line at the top of the water heater and remove the existing dip tube with a flat screwdriver. Put the new tube into place, reconnect the cold-water supply line, and refill the tank. Turn on the hot water side of a nearby sink or bathtub to help control the release of air. When the tank is adequately filled, you can restore the power to your water heater and test the functionality of the new dip tube.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber for Your Dip Tube Replacement

Repairing or replacing components of your water heater unit can be challenging and intimidating. Mistakes made during the process can leave you vulnerable to leaks and future water heater repairs. When you hire a qualified plumber to perform your water heater maintenance tasks, you can rest assured that your investments are in good hands every step of the way.


Do You Need Help with Your Water Heater? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing Today

Is it time to replace your water heaters dip tube? Are you in need of a water heater replacement or upgrade? Then get the help you need right away by calling the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, OH. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers are always ready to come to the rescue. Contact our office for more information about our commercial and residential plumbing services or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced plumbing in Youngstown, Boardman, Austintown, Columbiana, Warren, Girard, Howland Corners, Champion, East Liverpool, Ohio or a nearby metro community.


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