It's been a few years since I flushed my water heater and I recently went to do it and it's only dripping slowly, not running and flushing. Possibly related, in the last few months we've been running out of hot water much sooner - no change in usage, but now we regularly run out if even two people shower at once.
I had somebody out and they told me everything is fine and that he'd tested it and everything was good (though he was here less than 10 minutes). When I mentioned the failed flushing, he said sediment gets big if you want to long and you just need to get a new heater, and then just told me to take shorter showers and had no other help to offer.
My questions -
- would a lot of sediment cause us to run out of water sooner - like it's harder to heat new water to keep up?
- how can I flush sediment if it won't drain and trying to use a wire hanger to break it up doesn't do anything?
- it's 12 years old - is it just worth replacing at this point anyway?
Thank you for your help!