Evening folks, have searched on this one with no joy.
I want to check I am not missing something here. My immersion element has gone. Easy eh? Well it is top mounted and the ceiling is approx 8 inches above the tank! It is in a flat roofed extension; the roof is about 8 inches above the ceiling. I therefore have about 16 inches (having made a hole in the ceiling) to extract an element over 2 feet long!
The only way I can see to change it is to disconnect all the piping, tilt the tank forward and swap it - or am I missing something?
Is this a recommended method - or am I going to have to install an entire new tank?
I don't see why the tank shouldn't come out and go back in again without damage. All the connections are usually compression so will just tighten back up again. The biggest problem is going to be tipping the tank with all the pipes in close proximity and t's just so much work for just a simple repair.
Have you actually tried to remove the element yet? With the hole angled at the top of the cylinder and the element thin and only 21" long, maybe it might withdraw without the hassle you're expecting. Or maybe not!
Just be sure to support both sides of the fitting when you release the joints so as not to put stress on the cylinder walls.
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