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#1 miamihoosier

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

Just something I've never seen before. The apartment owner reported very low hot water pressure. Cold water fine. Took off the hot water outlet line. The outlet tube in the water heater was almost completely clogged with a sand-type consistency "paste", as best I can describe it. I had to use a screwdriver and vacuum to chip away at it. It must be some type of mineral build-up. Gas water heater on city water. Just wondering if anyone has run across this before?

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

The dip tube may have disintegrated and created the blockage.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

Calcium buildup. Happens all der time. Had a 50 gallon electric 20" deep of it and still working (sort of). Hot water holds less minerals so they have to go somewhere.

Edited by Bullstok, 07 November 2012 - 10:29 PM.


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

That's why it's a good idea to drain some water out of the bottom Drain Valve every six months ..
(till it runs clear)
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

Thanks for the input, but this has nothing to do with sediment at the bottom. This has to do with the hot water outlet at the TOP. When I took off the hot water outlet connection at the top, that is where the clog was. Just at the top of the hot water outlet tube, about 1/4" from the top of the outlet. It was about 3/8" thick. Just something I had never seen before.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:50 PM

If enough sediment collects on the bottom, it can become "suspended" in the water ..
Some Tanks actually "swirl" the water (with the shape and placement of the Inlet Tube) as it enters the Tank.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

calcium buildup

gets worse in harder water areas




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