My theory: A failed thermostat caused the water to get too hot
(elements on much of the time). Now one has failed. (This is a
very old heater- 20 yrs maybe?)
Am I probably correct? (I know. I'll know when I take it apart
but I always like to guess first)
You might want to check to see how long your neighbor's water heaters
are lasting. If they are not getting better than about 20 years, I would
just replace it. It does depend on the water in your area, but in most
areas 20 years is about it.
Of course I am getting at the first question you should be asking
yourself is do I repair or replace. Since it appears you may be able to do
it yourself for just the parts, then that might be a point for repair.
However if it is located in a location where a major leak could be costly, I
would say replace it anyway.
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