I'm debating if I should fix a water heater where the "reset" button keeps tripping or replace it.
To start with it is just over 20 years old (manufactured in Jan 1999) and I don't believe the anode rod has ever been replaced. When I did drain it and filled it back up, I ran water and rust came out of the kitchen faucet. There is also a lot of manganese and the area has very hard water.
I am also having trouble finding replacement elements. My current tank takes 1 3/8" threads. I have only found 1" threads. The thermostats also seem like different connections.
I am leaning toward replacement but worry about the cost and how to get rid of the old tank. I also worry about repairing and then a couple of weeks later it starts leaking.
Thanks for the input.