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Old 05-31-2013, 04:26 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone! Hope to get some answers here...Every month I have to remove my faucet screen on tap because water pressure is low. Every time it is due to little white pieces of stuff clogging the screen. I think it is a build up of something in my pipes. Does anyone know what this is and if there is a DIY solution to this or is it time to call a plumber?
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:38 AM   #2
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Do you have hard water? Are you on city water or well, also is your home newer piped with plastic pex or older using galvanized piping, easy method look at piping under your sinks and by the water heater.



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Old 05-31-2013, 04:49 AM   #3
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It is hard water and I am in the city. I checked and my pipes are copper out of the water heater. There is a part on the pipe that is corroded as well and has what looks like battery acid on the foam that wraps the pipe.

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Could be your dip tube deteoriated from the water heater....

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Could be your dip tube deteoriated from the water heater....
That's what it looks like to me but the problem with dip tubes was solved long ago. I guess there could still be some of the old ones around. Just how old is the water heater?
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Place the particles in white vinegar if they dissolve they're hard water particles if they don't dissolve they're dip tube particles.

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My GSW water heater's serial number is 9902289926 so what I've learned is a 1999 model. How long should they last?
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My GSW water heater's serial number is 9902289926 so what I've learned is a 1999 model. How long should they last?
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Your water heater is past or at it's life expectancy. Water heaters life expectancy is 8-15 Years depending on where you live , water quality ,usuage ,etc. Your water heater could very well fall under the time we where having the dip tube issues. Most water heaters with dip tibe issues had a cut off time around 1997 but there was some with a cut off time of 1999. Look like it's time to replace.
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Thank you IFIXH20. I put the particles in vinegar and they are not dissolving when I stir it around but they will crush easily into smaller pieces. If it is the dip tube eroding, would the plastic from the dip tube crush that easily?
Also I found a GE 12yr warranty water heater on sale for $163.00. I think I should just purchase even if my water heater is repairable, I've got a new one for the future and at a really good price.
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Just curious joni, where did you find that tank for $163? The gas model typically retails for $550-$600. If you found it online through a third party seller, you will want to be sure that the manufacturer will still honor the warranty, the tank isn't already used and that it's not a bootleg version of the original tank. Just looking out for you. Rheem makes GE tanks. If you can get a model and serial number of the tank before you purchase it, their customer service may be able you verify that it's a good warrantied heater.
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