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It doesn't heat enough water & makes noises

I have state censible 510e water heater, that at least 10 years old. It doesn't heat enough water or it doesn't heat at all especially in the morning (5:30 am I have almost cold water). today it started to make noise inside like something was hitting it from the inside, not regularly. What does all that mean? Monika

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