Electric water heater bottom element reads open on the ohmeter, got
to drain the tank, get all the muck out of it. It is 8 years old. It still
lookes like new.
Is there any secret way of removing the element? I had a bad experence
one time of trying to loosen the element. I put some Liquid Wrench
on the threads, and I am going to put some more on tomorrow. I am
going to try to remove it on Friday. Does anybody have any tricks to
removing these elements? Sometimes they can be stubborn!! I am
always afraid to brake the fitting out of the tank...I don't feel like
in a new tank.
Do you already have an element wrench? If you don't, wait until the stores are
open again and buy one before you have at it.
They only cost a few bucks. They're just a big plated steel "socket" with a
hole through the back end you can shove a steel rod or a BMF screwdriver
through so you can use two hands to really crank the torque onto the element's
hex. Much better for that job than an adjustable wrench or a pipe wrench.
I've busted loose a lot of elements in my day, and never screwed up the tank
If you happen to be in Red Sox country and want to borrow my wrench, it's
yours for the asking. I've also got quite a few different sized elements I've
taken out of leaking tanks which look like they stuill have lots of life left
in them. You could have one of those too. (Email me off group if you're
Happy New Year,
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone to
Yeah jeff..I have one of those sockets, but I can never seem to get enough
torque with it.
The last one I did was for my son, I had to use a pipe wrench on the
the welded fittting on the tank! The tank was old , so we replaced it. My
tank is in better shape, and
I think that socket will work with my BMF screwdriver...you seem like a down
to earth guy..thanks for
This is Turtle.
36" Pipe wrench and clamp on it , but watch out not to turn the tank over.
Now a 18" or a 14" will do fine. I had to use a 18" pipe wrench on my camp
water heater a few years back. Now some normal people just use a big screw
Made a mountain out of a molehill! Got a new element, drained the tank,
got all the tools, Big wrench, element socket tool, liquid wrench. large
I put the socket on the heater element...preparing to apply enormous
Surprise!!! It broke loose with very little pressure..Its all fixed..lots of
hot water! You were right on Jeff!
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