All I can say is "congrats" on saving yourself a bundle of money. Seeing as I have the same water heater that is going into it's 11th season, you had me suddenly looking around for a replacement so now you have saved me a bunch of money also. Thank you for doing the leg work on your problem, which somehow relates to my problem. I owe you something cold and wet. If you are close to Pirate, he will pay off for me.