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Immersion Heater Element Removal Advice Needed

Postby Chaleguy » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:03 pm

Hi. I've just purchased a property and need to replace the element in my immersion heater. I cannot budge the existing element and I think whoever fitted it may have used some sort of jointing compound on the thread. Is there something I can do to ease removal or am I looking at replacing the entire tank? I've tried tapping the element spanner with a mallet but won't budge. I'm worried I'll end up damaging the tank if I apply excessive force. Any tips would be gratefully received. Thanks.
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Postby mileso » Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:01 am

yeah i had this on my old house if it should be able to remove it with an large adjustable spanner and a bar or hammer if not ilike i had to use a blow torch to warm it up a bit just dont go to mad it'll smoke and smell a bit from the compound but it was the only way i could get it free.
I tried all types of penetrating oil first it didn't move like wd40 etc but you might have better luck
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