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Old 12-23-2014, 10:49 AM
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with hot water heater elements that wont come out???

Used the crappy tool that is made to remove them with no success.

Broke out the breaker bar with a 1 1/2" socket and wouldn't budge.

Hit it with wd40 and other lubricants and tried the breaker bar again. no luck.

Its a 10 year old HWH. Thinking that its gonna get ripped out today and replaced.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:53 AM
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10 years is a pretty good life depending on your water quality and servicing. New one sounds easier and in your future. Bummer. Merry Christmas.
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Yea, thats what I figured. I have well water that is pretty hard so guessing it's about that time......
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:25 AM
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I have had very few that I could not get out. The calcium and lime will corrode them things in there pretty good. It is a 10 year old heater, easier just to replace it and save you the frustration once you got the old one out, the new one will not slide back into the tank.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:31 PM
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Impact driver and a 1/2" to 3/8" drive adapter with your 1.5" socket. Oh, and a large hammer. It isn't a "snatch" job by any means since you'll need to clean and lube the threads before the new one will go back in.....
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10 year old WH is not worth the effort and expense of new elements. Life expectancy of water heaters is 8-12 years. YMMV
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:08 PM
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We have heavy iron in our water and the elements used to be super hard to remove. I have a socket probably the same as you have that is specifically for the hex on the end of the element. I have had to use PB Blaster to soak the threads and I have been able to get everyone out. When we bought a new water heater the first thing I did was pull the elements out and put Vaseline on the threads. No problem getting the elements out now.
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