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Old 03-04-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
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Suburban 120V Water heater element?

I need to replace the 1440 / 1500 watt 120VAC element in my Suburban SW6DE water heater,I have watched the you tube videos on how to do this, and have an element on order from online. My question is can I use a regular socket wrench socket to change the element, or must I buy a thin wall stamped metal water heater wrench to fit in the recessed hole?
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I need to replace the 1440 / 1500 watt 120VAC element in my Suburban SW6DE water heater,I have watched the you tube videos on how to do this, and have an element on order from online. My question is can I use a regular socket wrench socket to change the element, or must I buy a thin wall stamped metal water heater wrench to fit in the recessed hole?
I have the 10 gallon model, and I use an impact socket on a breaker bar. Cant remember the size


My anode rod is NOT in a recessed hole
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On mine the factory 120V heating element (not a Hot Rod Conversion kit) is in a recessed hole, the anode rod is not recessed. I have removed the anode rod with a regular impact socket, but have never changed the heating element before.
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6 point 1 1/2" thin wall socket works best

That 'element wrench' slips

Impact sockets too thick walled

Remove burner assembly for easy straight forward access

Might as well clean up burner tube assembly while you have it off
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