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  • When changing heating elements...

    Do you guys drain the water heater? Or just pull the element and let the water gurgle out? Bottom element of course.

    I have done it either way. Depending on the location of the heater. Just curious.

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    Re: When changing heating elements...

    I will shut off the water of coarse, then relieve pressure, and unscrew lower element first reliying on the vacuum to hold the water back. But I have my shop vac ready in case it doesn't work or if the element is twisted back on itself and I have to hack saw the element to get it out. Draining the whole heater is my second choice.
    Last edited by plumb4life; 02-13-2009, 05:14 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: When changing heating elements...

      I turn off the water ,tape a small piece of plastic or tin foil, around the element .and make a water slide into a low cake pan...and change it quick
      no mess at all

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      • #4
        Re: When changing heating elements...

        Have done it both ways, just depends on location.

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        • #5
          Re: When changing heating elements...

          I usually don't drain them. I even install full port drain valves without draining it.

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          • #6
            Re: When changing heating elements...

            aint physics great!!! bertoulli's principal IIRC

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            • #7
              Re: When changing heating elements...

              Yupp ... Push pull Click Click .... Cha Ching :-)

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