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Old 04-03-2007, 04:54 AM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Mineral Buildup - Removing Encrusted Element

In the process of doing some hot water heater maintenance, I discovered the lower heating element encrusted in mineral buildup. There is so much buildup that I cannot pull the element completely out of the tank to properly clean it. I was thinking about dumping some vinegar into the tank and let that dissolve the buildup enough to get the element completely out. Is there any reason I shouldn't try this technique or does anyone have another suggestion? Where is the best place to get a replacement o-ring for the element? I believe the element is still good after testing its resistance with my multimeter.

Also, unrelated to the water heater question, is it OK to connect PVC to ABS?



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Old 04-03-2007, 07:54 AM   #2
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Just replace the element, there not the expensive, and yes use a fernco rubber coupling to make the transition between the two types of pipe.


Fix it right the first time, so you won't have to fix it a 2nd time.

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