Originally Posted by Krazymace
Shoutout to Flybob and Fonzie. Gave me everything I needed to solve my problem. Found an element and wrench this morning. My problem now is I can't budge the old element. Locked in. Put some penetrating oil on it. So far, no luck. Running out of time. At least I have gas as a fallback.
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Sad to say you most likely need to change the anode as well (different socket there too 1 1/16). The anode's job is to prevent rust and corrosion in the tank. Sounds like your heating element is rusted in there good.
Try some penetrating oil and GENTLY tapping on the metal of the element. Pounding on it may crack the porcelain coating on the tank walls.
A long "cheater bar" and a short extension will also help loosen that stubborn element (and anode).
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