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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Exclamation Can't remove lower heating element from water heater

    I need to replace me lower heating element in my water heater. It is a screw-in type and I have the replacement part. I drained the heater but when I went to unscrew the existing element, it wouldn't budge. I've got a huge 1-1/2" wrench on the thing and with all my strength it wouldn't come loose. I only succeeded in starting to round off the corners of the elemnt. I stopped because I was afraid of doing too much damage and then never being able to replace it.

    Is there a trick to unscrewing these things? It sure looks simple enough.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    The deep South

    Default Re: Can't remove lower heating element from water heater

    Must be corroded are possibly has some type of thread sealer on it . Make sure you have the correct sized wrench or socket . If the corners are starting to round off , you might be screwed .

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