Yep, at Littlehousecustoms.com One of my first mods on the Escape also.
STEEL WATER HEATER DOOR LATCH
Your plastic water heater door latch will break eventually. Why wait? Duct tape is about the only solution when it does. If your grip isn’t what it used to be, this one is strong enough to grab with pliers.
Steel Water Heater Door Latch $3.49 Add to Cart
Tim and Julie
2013 Escape 15B
2014 Nissan Frontier, Previous 2012 Santa Fe