On Sat, 08 Sep 2007 21:51:29 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Yes if it's building up sediment because the buildup chokes off the
water around the lower heating element and then the element burns out.
Mines done that twice. However, I read that if you run them at a
lower temp they don't get nearly as much scale so after the last time
I turned the temp down and then have not drained it in a couple years
and it's not burned out again (yet).
if you opt to drain be ready for a drain valve leak espically if the
tank has a plastic valve. non ball valves often clog so you cant get
My tank gets drained once at its end of life, on its way to curb.
tanks are pretty cheap and not worth the hassles of messing with
I open the drain and take out the lower element (after the water has
drained out) and run a long screwdriver inside thru the element hole
to bust up the crap. Then let water in to flush it out. Usually have
to do it over and over again.
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