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I get clicking sound from our electric water heater as well. it lasts for a while, then stops...then starts again, etc. we recently had technician out who said it needed to be cut back on the setting for temperature, it was set at about 132 degress...he turned it back, I believe to 120 degrees. We bought it in 1996. Only name I see is on the control box, amf paragon? says 50 gal capacity. Is the clicking sound something normal for the process of keeping water supply heated up as it cools down or something? Or could this be a problem due to age. I saw in one reply to someone else that sediment could be built up and needs flushing? I am afraid to mess with it, so wonder how critical something like this is?

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Not sure what the noise is but you certainly should flush the water heater at least every couple years. There should be a drain nozzle near the base that you can screw a hose onto. Closing the water supply to the water heater, turning off the power, and opening the valve for the nozzle will drain the water. Just make sure the hose drains to a wash basin or the floor drain. It is HIGHLY important that you turn power off to the water heater BEFORE draining! –  maple_shaft Jul 9 '12 at 10:53
    
does it have an expansion tank attached? It could be just the noises of the tank expanding/contracting as it heats up. –  DA01 Jul 9 '12 at 14:27
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For starters, I'd suggest you shut down the heater, drain it completely, and replace both electrodes.

The danger with a water heater this old is that in draining it and dislodging sediment within you could expose small leaks.

At 16 years old, I hate to say it, but you'll probably find it more efficient just to replace it.

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