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Old 05-18-2005, 10:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Electric water heater element: Draining dilema

Has anyone found a solution to the difficulty of draining a water heater which has an electric heating element installed? The PO installed the electric water heater, so I just discovered the dilema last fall. I had to disassemble what I'm guessing is the igniter to make even the smallest amount of room. I wonder about the feasability of a seperate port for the element. My handyman skills are "modest", so be easy on me.

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I looks like the previous owner did a good job on shrink-tubing the wires to the Hott Rod element.
What I did was to use heat-shrinkable bullet connectors on my conductors. It makes it easier to unplug the element so I can unscrew it without all of the wiring getting in the way. It works great.
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I'm not sure I follow you. I assumed all the wires and equipment, with the exception of the electric element (black cord), are stock from the factory.
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They are, but I have modified mine so that I can easily unplug it to remove the heating element to drain the tank.
I am sure that I have voided any and all warranties by doing that but it still works and I can undo is all without have to mess around with it.
I am not sure if the new Hott Rods allow you to unplug it from the base of the heating element but mine is a number of years old. I had heard that there is some company out there making an element that allows you to unplug the wiring right at the base of the heating element.
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They are, but I have modified mine so that I can easily unplug it to remove the heating element to drain the tank.

Could you possibly explain your modification? Any pictures would sure be helpful. Thanks, Roy
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