How old is your water heater? If it is between about 15 and 7 years, it
may be the problem. Many water put into service about then had a new dip
tube design. The dip tube would fail and cause a number of problems.
I was one of the lucky ones. I found out about it and did a little
research to find mine was one of them with the problem and repair was free.
In order to get the free replacement you had to request it within the time
the courts had set. I don't know if anyone could have a free replacement
As it turns out, mine was about ready to go, it showed damage, but was
still in one piece.
You may want to check this out. I might add that different designed
valves may have more or less of a problem with it.
One thing you can do to check it out is check all the strainers you have
and see if any have small chunks of white plastic in them. The chunks are
about the size of a grain of sand.
Joseph E. Meehan
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