Remove Inlet nipple from Whirpool Water Heater

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    ericfl
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    I am trying to figure out how to remove the cold inlet from my Whirlpool 40 gallon. (It’s a long story but I destroyed the threads and it is seeping badly.)
    The inlet and outlet are female threaded flanges for lack of a better description, and sit in a recess in the top cover. Can I remove the top cover to get a good grip on them, or are they even replaceable? The model number is E2f40RD045V. Many thanks, Eric.

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    Randy Schuyler
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    Certainly they are removable/replaceable, but removing the cover is not a good idea. The foam underneath is not unlike glue.

    Using the link on the lefthand sie of the Tank topics index, go to Tanklets and read the entry for Removing Stubborn Anodes. It also tells how to remove stubborn nipples. The one thing that it might say that is important, is to put a 5/8-inch hex bolt into the nipple to strengthen it and keep it from deforming.

    Randy Schuyler

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