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BustedThumb said:
What are they, calcium?

Appear to be square, or hard edged not round or oval and about 1/64".
It could be hard water scales that you disturbed from the recent work you performed, according to your'e other post. Try this test take some of those particles and put them in a small bowl with some vinegar and if they bubble then that is what they are.

The other thing it could be is the dip tube in your'e water heater has disinegrated. This was a big problem on heaters manufactured somewhere between 1993-1997.With a bad dip tube you will also notice your'e hot water not staying as hot as it used too.

Also, these partilcles will partially clog a faucet and shift giving the impression that there is air in the lines, when in fact they are just obstructing the flow and making it sputter.
 

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That water heater (US Craftmaster 40 gl replaced in 1995) has bugged me for years. When I bought the house in 1995, the Home Inspector said I should replace the water heater since the tank was rusty. In June, while my wife was laid up in the hospital waiting to have our second, I come home with my 10 month old to a flooded house.

The home warranty repair company guy said "it's not up to code so I am going to replace your water heater just like it is to save you money". Gas fired and sitting right on the floor btw.

It sounds like it's overdue for replacement and I want to get it off the floor but will check the particle anyhow.
 
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