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My hot water tank is making a loud noise refilling after I have run a bath and takes ages to refill

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First i would ask you what you mean by the tank, i ask because most customers call their cylinder a tank. So if the tank that feeds the cylinder is slow filling then you have a problem with a faulty ball cock or your elbow fittings leading up to your cylinder or if you have a gate valve, then any of these can have a restriction caused by galvanic action of the brass fitting. More information would give a more accurate diagnosis.

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If your water heater is making noise sounds like a percolator coffee pot then 1of 2 things probably has sediment in bottom of unit and sounds like you have electric water heater could have issues with the elements would have to drain the whole unit down and change the elements or call a licensed professional

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How old is ur water Heater? Ur tank is always full of water, as u use hot water, cold water flows in. R u saying it takes a long time to reheat the water in the tank? Has this always been an issue or is it new? Or has it slowly gotten worse?

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