Iíve never had that happen to me. My problem is our water here in SW Georgia. Lime and calcium buildup is terrible. I had a heck of a time getting my lower thermostat out the last time. I even drain the tank twice a year. Next time I have to replace the elements, I have a plan. I will drain the tank and close the valve. I will then pull the top element and pour 2 or 3 gallons of white vinegar in there and let it work. Then drain the vinegar and replace both elements.
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