Bradford Whites don’t have that kind. They have an anode that is attached to the nipple in the hot port, and if it’s 10 years old, it probably needs to be replaced.
The anode is longevity. The elements and thermostats are function. You want the heater to function, but you don’t want it to rust out, either, so both things are important.
I suggest you use the Basics link on the left side of the Topics index and get a brief education on water heaters.
Elements and thermostats do fail over time and we see a fair amount of those kinds of problems in The Tank.