Help!!!! I have diagnosed that the lower element has to be replaced on my electric water heater. I bought the tool suggested to lossen and remove the element. It won't BUDGE!!!! Any ideas???

  • What model of heater do you have? Dec 20, 2015 at 1:44

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I believe the tool you are using is a plumbers socket. It is usually sized at 1 1/8th inch. The reason the heating element isn't removing easily is probably due to hard water build up on its threads. What I do when I encounter a stubborn heating element is to apply extra leverage to the socket. If you can supplement a cheater bar with the socket handle the element should unscrew with no effort. A 1/2 inch diameter steel pipe fitted over the handle will work. Or any object that will extend the socket handle several inches will also suffice.

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