Overnight there has been a noticeable loss of water pressure from the hot
water heater. All faucets in the house are affected. There was not a
gradual drop over several days. I believe the hot water heater is
approxiately 5-6 years old. I was considering draining it to see if it
was a sediment issue. I know it has not been drained in at least 4 years,
which is how long we have been in our house. Will this help?
Sediment wouldn't normally build up a pile so high as
to block entry/exit. But worth a try as diagnostic.
See if the heater inlet/outlet connections are
equipped with "heat traps". Shiney nipple,
maybe 3-4" long. Looks exactly like a
"dielectric" nipple but has a tiny ball check inside.
Maybe a dip tube collapse, but that seems far-fetched.
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