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We have a Rheemglas Standard Electric Water Heater 81V400 B and it's leaking water from the tank and also the hot water only lasts for a short period of time. I've been reading and have read that the water heaters should be flushed periodically. We have never flushed our water heater, could that be the cause of our problem?

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If your water heater is leaking from the tank, and not around any fitting, then you will need to replace the heater.
you can flush the heater, once a year is always recommended, however once every 2 years is sufficient.

scale, and deposites inside the tank will cause erosion and eventually eat through the walls of the tank. not much you can do to prevent this. the steel in the new tanks just don't last like they ued to.

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Did you clean sediment out of tank when replacing elements?
Did you replace thermostats? Thermostats go bad, or get out of calibration.
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Test elements.
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It sounds like runaway heating caused by shorted element, possibly caused by leaking water. But I cannot tell for certain what the problem is. Read following links and/or call plumber.
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I am guessing you have tank-type electric water heater.
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