|Posted by hj on December 19, 2003 at 22:48:41:|
|In response to Re: What is the average life cycle of Rheem hot water tank?|
There is no normal reason for it to produce half teh water. If the dip tube has broken off, that will reduce the capacity, and if there is an underground hot water leak, that will also reduce it because the hot water will drain into the ground as the heater produces it. If the burner is operating continuously, or frequently, you can assume a leak. If it does not come on until, or after, the water at the faucet is cool or cold, then a dip tube problem may have occurred.
: I would like to know what the average (if there is such a thing) life cycle/span of a hot water tank.
: I have: Rheem 50 RUUD Professional Grade tank (50 galon, gas). It now produces less than half of its capacity, and, it was installed just over 7 years ago. (I had an extended warranty that covered 7 years, but it expired about 23 days ago.)
: Is it normal for this kind of tank to end its life cycle at 7 years?
: Thank you for any input.
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