Hot water Heater

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DannyBob
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:D


Hey, from TEXAS ...


HWH is about 15yrs old ... elec ... RHEEM (NO PLUG INTENDED) ... am on well water w/ LOTS of 'stuff' in it ... so, *I* figure tis time to chang-out the elements and co0ntrols.


Question being : Does ANYONE know how much torque to loosen / tighten the elements ??? or, do anyone know the factory torque specs ... ???


*I* have a pipe wrench, but if this is gonna require a breaker-bar for leverage, then *I* will forg it.


*DAN
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Rod
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If you have hard water and the element has never been removed you may have to fight to get it out. Or you never know it may twist right out easy. As for installing a new one I'm not sure I've ever seen a torque setting recommendation. Just make sure you are using a new rubber gasket with the new element and give it a good firm snug.

good luck

Rod
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Robert
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Might want to check your anode rod also. As Rod stated, just get a snug fit with a new gasket.


Take care and best wishes,
Robert
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bguy49
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Here is a little trick that a plumber friend taught me. Sometimes the elements are so rusted up that the wrench just slips when you apply a lot of torque to it, so if you take a cold chisel and hammer to the hex on the element, give it a couple of good hits and it will eventually free up.
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Greg
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Do yourself a favor, stop messing around an just replace it. After 15 yrs it's not worth it. You have no idea how the tank it's self is, Why risk a tank leaking after you "rebuild" the rest of it plus a new unit will cost less to operate. Greg
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DannyBob
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TNX to all for the responses ...GREG's suggest to just replace : very solid ... Methinks *I* hie myself down to local Elec folks see what they are selling ...

OR, as "BGUY49" suggests : get a bigger hammer ...
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Robert
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Yeppers. :D

You're very welcome, happy to help.



Thanks,
Robert
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