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My water heater had a seizure. Made some weird sounds and made my lights go crazy in the house earlier. Wtf I can't catch a break. I took a 2 hour lunch break and drained the tank out. Im hoping it removed sediment and it'll work ok. I'm testing it tonight. I'm waiting on a handyman guy to text me back about when he can look at it. Fml.
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I guess the dip tube was broken in the apartment I use to live in. The shower would only stay hot for a good 5-6 minutes. Shit was so annoying. Eventually the damn thing just cracked open and they had to replace it after saying nothing was wrong with it for a year in a half.
Lol. Sounds like a typical landlord to me. I watched these 2 very informative videos and the guy explains the entire workings of a water heater. I had no idea what that plastic tube inside my water heater was called so I watched videos to try and find out. Those plastic dip tubes corrode and break off after a while. I had no idea this was a thing. This guy's tank had 2 or 3 broken ones inside.
It makes so much sense why my showers don't stay hot nowhere near as long as at my old house. A replacement tube with the metal nipple screw on piece is $39 on amazon. I can't find the damn things for sale at any hardware store. But lowes and home depot will sell a drip tube because they need to sell those with new units. But a dip tube, nope, they'd rather have you buy a new water heater.
Also, I turned the heat up on my water heater last year because of the cold showers, turns out with my hard well water, that caused the heating elements to burn more of the minerals out of the water faster causing the build up mineral sediment faster. My water heater is working good now since friday but I'll replace the dip tube this spring when I don't have to worry about draining any more water out into the snow. Then my showers will get a significant improvement. In the mean time my showers now last a good 10 minutes of hot/warmth and that's good enough for now.