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    Default Where to buy a Dip Tube?

    In another thread it was determined, correctly, that I had one of the defective dip tubes in my 1997 Bradford White 80 gallon electric water heater (model number MI80R5DS13).

    I'm trying to stretch out the life of this a little longer. It's in great shape except for this problem.

    However, calls to all six of the major local plumbing supply stores in my area (including 3 Bradford White dealers) have resulted in no part. Each of them says I'm unlikely to find it in stock.

    Does anyone know a good source where I can find the right dip tube that won't be of the same material for this unit?

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    In the Trades mattbee24's Avatar
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    Honestly, all of those places should have had the dip tube. Really any plumbing shop carrying water heaters should have them. They are pretty universal, so brand really doesn't matter.

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    Several said something about them not being able to stock them but having to order direct from the manufacturer. Totally confused.

    I think I found one on waterheaterrescue.com but it's also 3 times the price I've been seeing.

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    Unless there is something unique about the dip tube for your heater, I can not understand why you are having difficulty finding one. I believe dip tubes are generic. This is why there were so many problems in the mid 1990s with many brands of heaters having dip tube failures. They we all, or nearly all, made by one manufacturer. When I need one for my old Reliant, I just walked into Ace Hardware and picked one up. Now, I will point out that your old dip tube will continue to flake off small pieces, and you will have a reoccurring need to clean your faucet aerators and the hot water screen to your washer. The plus side is of course, you will get a lot more use out of your heater. Best advice I can offer is to keep looking.

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    Oddly all of the 6 I called keep asking for the model number and then say, "No, I can't help there."

    I guess I should just ask if they have ANY of them.

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    They may not have a parts list for one that old. If you can check out their website and get the number, they can probably help you out. Course, they should be able to without that.
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    13 year old heater? Junk it. Why waste the money and effort on something that's likely to crap out anytime?

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    Because I just got notified that my job is ending in a week so laying out several hundred dollars right now isn't, in my view, the best decision.

    I'd rather spend $10-$30, roll the dice a bit, and then replace it when I'm back working again.

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    They're a 3 - 4 buck item at the big boxes.

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    Pull the drain cock off the bottom. Install a brass tee. Pipe the inlet to the tee. Plug the top inlet.

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