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This morning , heard our water heater making "popping" sounds. Online, found that a possible solution is, flush the sediment out of the tank. My problem is, I can't for the life of me find the drain ****. Unless it's on the bottom side of the water heater. All I can find is a brass valve on top. The water heater is about 2" off of the floor and in a corner. Is it possible that I'm just missing it somehow? It's an old one, Rheem model #35-30, 30 gallon capacity.

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It should be a hose bib located about two inches from the water heater's base; on the side of the water heater.

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http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-descale-water-heater.pdf
The steps vary by type of water heater, gas or electric

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1) If water heater temperature is set above 140F, it causes minerals to dissolve out of water.
2) If water heater is exposed to minerals in water, like hard water, those minerals will gather at bottom of tank.
3) If anode rod is depleted, the metal tank will begin to rust.
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All tank water heaters make some amount noise, clicking and "snapping" sounds, particularly after much of the hot water in tank has been used (like after a long shower) and has been replaced by cold water that is being heated vigorously.

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GE is made by Rheem, but the market is always changing. Rheem-based serial number shows tank was made in 1990.
Tank will last as long as anode rod(s) protects steel tank from rusting.
If your tank has two anode rods, then tanks lasts longer.
That's how companies determine if water heater is '6-year' or '12-year.'
I don't have manual for your product to say if you have 12 year tank. Side of tank might have information blurb besides mandatory label that shows serial number.
You can update your water heater by replacing anode rod(s) assuming they can be loosened and removed after this number of years, which is a big IF with old heaters. Your plumber might have impact wrench he uses to see if anode can come out.
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You can also get a baseline of rust by flushing tank and watching if water is very rusty.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

If you flush tank regularly, and inspect anode every 1-3 years, a tank will last many years longer than manufacturer's label.
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You posted under electric water heater.

1) Gas or electric, the noise is from sediment build-up inside tank.
Once sediment builds up, the only way to solve problem is to clean the tank out.

2) To restore full efficiency to electric water heater and stop the noise, clean the tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
3) To clean gas water heater is more difficult and less successful:
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4) To prevent sediment problem, flush water heater each 6 months before sediment can build up.
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5) Other things to know for water heater maintenance.
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