"Flower of its life"? 15 years is about 105 in dog years and water heater years. It has given its all to you let it expire peacefully or call Dr. Kevorkian. Buy a new heater.
: Mark:--Take your hat off and place it over your heart(if your not wearing a hat an open hand will do). Put on your most somber face....you are experiencing the death throws of your trusty 15 year old heater.
: Hopefully your water heater had good sense enough to execute a "Living Will" before being struck down in the flower of it's life.
: This "Will" would preclude any "Heroic Measures" to resusitate, intubate or prolong the misery that has beset it.
: Investing time or money in a "terminally ill" water heater is for the most part an excercize in futility. Far better to invest those funds in a brand new heater that has the very best warranty that you can find....RIP.
: Lots of luck..Bud.
: My water heater is leaking from the inside. I replaced the valve about a year ago. It's at least 15 years old and probably ready to be retired. Any ideas on what's causing the leak and whether or not it's worth repairing? Thanks.