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I would recommend to contact the manufacturer. There are certain model of water heaters that cannot be converted at all. The technical support line can answer your question on this. Please have your model, product, and serial number when calling 1-877-817-6750.

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Normally yes, change of orifice instructions are quiet often tagged and in a bag somewhere on unit, with instructions, but I highly recommend someone licenced to perform the switch over, as obviously it's not something to guess at, and shouldn't cost much to do. If you contact whirlpool with model & serial number , they may give you instructions, or at least the nearest service person in your area. Remember, have it done by a competent, certified technician please!

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