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Old 06-04-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Any trick for removing the water heater heating element?

Hi all,

I bought the special wrench to remove the electric water heating element, but on my camper the gas system is in the way; I cannot get the wrench onto the electric element.

any ideas?
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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Any chance that you have a picture of your setup that we might be able to throw out ideas?
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Hi all,

I bought the special wrench to remove the electric water heating element, but on my camper the gas system is in the way; I cannot get the wrench onto the electric element.

any ideas?
If it's a Suburban, you just remove the burner tube. Here is a video showing how.

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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That video is EXACTLY what I needed - thanks much!
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Didn't see him use any Teflon tape on the element or the anode and I would have pressurized the system before putting the cover on to check for leaks. If no leaks, then reinstall the cover and the gas tube. JMO.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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I'm having exactly the same problem with mine. I moved everything in order to gain access to this sucker but I cannot budge the heating element that is well and truly stuck in the water tank. I'm now booked into the dealership for them to have a go.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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Remember to RELEASE THE PRESSURE from the heater. I did NOT one time and blew the anode 23'. Luckily the 2 next door storage units were empty and no damage done. Would have been a big dent in the MH usually next to me. Whew!
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I found my next door. Also got a shower of water and anode rod crumbs. DW had a good laugh. Yes depresurize first
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Didn't see him use any Teflon tape on the element or the anode and I would have pressurized the system before putting the cover on to check for leaks. If no leaks, then reinstall the cover and the gas tube. JMO.
X2 on your comments. In addition, why does he call the flue assembly "this piece" instead of what it is - a flue? Some people watching this video may hear the word "flue" used later someplace and wonder what a "flue" is.

Also - someone else commented correctly once that this is not a "hot water heater", but rather a water heater that heats cold water to make it hot.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #10
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Well, I've just had a second go at trying to get the element out of my hot water tank without success. I cannot budge the manufacturer installed element. I'm using the correct tools, depressurized and drained the tank, everything. All I succeeded in doing was identifying how I bruised and scrapped my arm the first time I was trying this last weekend.
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