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Highly unlikely. This tank is 12 years old, likely six years out of warranty. When this kind of fitting starts leaking, it usually means the heater is rusting out.
Using the Basics link on the left side of the Tank topics index, go to my main site and learn about water heaters, reading Anodes, Sediment and Choosing a Water Heater. If you do the kind of service we advocate, this will never happen again.