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My electric reliance water heater is making a constant noise

My electric reliance water heater is making a constant noise I have had it for 10 years I have not noticed a loss in hot water. Could this be the pressure valve? I can not find my manuel.

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It might be hard water in the heater. the hard water flakes and when your water heater turns on it creates some movement in those hard water flakes and makes a popping and hissing noise then when it comes to temperature it should stop. the temperature and pressure relief valve shouldn't make this noise. but if you stick your finger in the pipe and it is wet then you might have problems some where else. let me know if it is

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Copy following link for element resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
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Cleaning sediment out of tank can restore full efficinecy to electric water heater:
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If tank is rusted and ready to rupture, then turn water heater off:
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Best way to start is to look at label on side of tank.
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