A. O. Smith Gas WH changed dip tube Now What?


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Old 03-06-22, 12:08 PM
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A. O. Smith Gas WH changed dip tube Now What?

Had the dip tube replaced. Renters said water wasn't hot enough or enough They had turned WH way up thinking that would help - it didn't.. The dip tube had pretty well disinigrated Was like melted looking, but attached.. Water was run afterwards in tub and seem to be hot. So now 2 wks. later see renters & ask how things were. He showers in a.m. gets hot water it turns cold (sounded like) while showering. Sounded like not enough hot water for her to shower afterwards waits till the evening.
It is a July 2002 model 40 gal. Wondering if next is the burner? or what.
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Old 03-06-22, 01:04 PM
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That's basically a ten year old water heater. More than likely past it stated warranty age.
Replacing the dip tube was probably a borderline repair.
If the tank hadn't been flushed at least every year then it's probably suffering from a buildup
of minerals on the inside bottom of the tank.

Maybe not what you want to hear but ...... at ten years old and in a rental situation.... I'd change the tank.

 
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Old 03-06-22, 03:25 PM
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That's basically a ten year old water heater.
Closer to a 20 year old water heater. It's time to replace it at your convenience. At least it won't be an emergency repair at an inconvenient time.

It is a July 2002 model 40 gal.
 
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Old 03-06-22, 04:19 PM
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Yes.... thanks for the correction.
 
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Appreciate responses, but was looking for what to look for next - At over $1500 for a new 'WH like this installed well... Not sure "new" is always better. Our own home has a water heater (too lazy to ck brand) over 30 yr old that is doing fine.
The A.O. Smith, was top of the line, doesn't make any popping noises and the tank is great --- what regulates the fact that the Hot water is fine for a while then turns either lukewarm or colder. Is there a test or questions I could ask the renter to get a better idea of the problem?
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