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How to remove short water heater nipple

short nipple on water heater

Short nipple on Whirlpool water heater made by Craftmaster (AO Smith)

WHY do these companies put short nipples on water heaters??? They added more insulation to top of heater, but kept same length nipple

Why don't companies care abut the consumer? Because consumers don't know, and companies don't have depth of skilled workers.... the team is weak, and the bench is shallow on talent... and you pay for it by saving money?
Resources:
Water heater manufacturers/ contact them and complain
How to maintain water heater
Pipe extractor

Pipe extractor might work in a pex-lined nipple


The are different styles of pipe extractors

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pipe extractor
Remove Bradford White anode rod
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Remove short water heater nipple

Remove water heater pipe

Hard to remove Bradford White combo anode

If pipe wrench alone will not do job
Drive a screw extractor into the nipple
Then use pipe wrench on the nipple, with crescent wrench on the screw extractor
Substitute Knipex channel locks for pipe wrench
Example: Bradford White anode rods are combo (connected to Hot water nipple), and the nipples are very short

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Spiral screw extractor at Amazon
Knipex channel locks
Irwin pliers
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How to replace anode rod
carriage bolt Another option/ for longer nipples
Insert 5/8" carriage bolt into nipple to prevent collapse
Or 9/16" carriage bolt in pex-lined nipple
Prevent water heater nipple from collapse
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Knipex channel locks
Pipe wrenches at Amazon

Remove short water heater nipple

Just got email from person who tried this method... He says: The nail might bend... try inserting a screwdriver instead of using a nail

Option for removing short water heater nipple on Rheem water heater

1) Drill hole through nipple for stout nail or bolt
2) Use jig saw with metal cutting blade... Cut slots in 1-1/2" or 1-1/4" pipe... big pipe fits over nipple with nail.
3) Put big pipe over water heater nipple... line up slots with nail
Might work
Heat nipple with torch

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Jig saws at Amazon
Jig saw blades at Amazon


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Option for removing short water heater nipple

Water heater with short nipple

Replace short water heater nipple with brass or stainless steel nipple

I recommend brass for noncorrosion, or stainless for corrosion-resistance
Use 6 wraps of teflon tape on threads.
6 wraps is standard for all water heater connections, including TP valve and anode rod etc

Buy:
3/4" x 6" brass nipple
3/4" x 6 stainless nipple at Amazon
Pipe threaders

Resources
How to maintain water heater
di-electric nipples Replace short nipple with longer di-electric nipple

Add 6 wraps teflon tape
Prevent corrosion between water heater and flexible connections
They should make longer ones for the new water heaters
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Dielectric nipples at Amazon
5" di-electric nipple
brass elbow and nipple Use brass pipes: elbows and nipples when connecting copper pipe to galvanized pipe
Save cost of plumbing repairs
Prevent electrolytic corrosion/ deterioration of galvanized pipes and clogs
Use 6 wraps teflon tape on threads
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Brass nipples at Amazon
Brass elbows at Amazon
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Low hot water pressure
Water heater supply line

3/4" Water heater supply line

This type of supply line does NOT require teflon tape on threads
Will attach directly to water heater nipple
Buy:
Braided water heater line
Flexible water heater connection
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Use 6 wraps teflon tape
☑ White for water lines
☑ Yellow for gas lines

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Teflon tape at Amazon

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Channel locks

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replace anode rod
Inspect anode each 2-5 years
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Pressure reducing valve
Pressure over 80 psi can damage water heater and household plumbing
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Pressure reducing valve

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Water pressure gauge

Pressure gauge/ attach to water heater drain valve
Pressure over 80 psi can damage water heater and household plumbing
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Water heater circulation system

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Grundfos at Amazon

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How to install recirculation system
COLD side Sharkbite flexible water heater connector
COLD side Sharkbite flexible water heater connector

Buy:
Sharkbite water heater connection
Braided water heater line
Stainless steel flexible connection

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Leaking water heater

HOT side Sharkbite flexible water heater connector
HOT side Sharkbite flexible water heater connector

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Sharkbite water heater connection
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Stainless steel flexible connection

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Leaking water heater
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Symptoms: Cold water, uneven temperatures, reset tripping, TP releasing water
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If tank is overheating or not heating correctly, replace thermostat
Symptoms: Cold water, uneven temperatures, TP releasing water
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