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Dealing With A Broken Dip Tube On Your Water Heater

The dip tube is an important part of your hot water heater that ensures your water heats up as you need it to. When the dip tube breaks, you can expect to have hot water issues –– never a nice surprise!

Identifying a Broken Dip Tube

The dip tube ensures you get a steamy shower instead of an ice bath. It directs incoming cold water to the bottom of the tank, near the burner, to be heated.

If the dip tube fails, the cold water will stay near the top of the tank instead of being pushed to the bottom. This may cause the system to short circuit and carry the cold water out through the hot water side.

How to check your water heater dip tube

  • Run a faucet on hot. If you have a bathtub tap, that's the easiest to use. Check that the temperature is consistent. If you feel any sudden or frequent changes, your dip tube may not be working.

  • With the hot water still running, go to your hot water heater. Being careful not to burn yourself, very carefully feel the hot water outlet pipe. If you can feel changes in temperature, your dip tube needs to be replaced.

If the dip tube is the problem, keep reading. If not, there are other issues that prevent hot water from flowing through the pipes.

What To Do About Your Broken Dip Tube

A broken dip tube needs to be replaced as soon as possible to restore your hot water. This is a job for an expert technician.

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