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GE AP12170-4 Use And Care Manual page 17

Single and double element models side or top water connections residential 20–52 gallon
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Cavity Insert Instructions
The following instructions are intended for
qualified service personnel ONLY, and should
only be done when necessary.
In order to replace the thermostat or heating element,
remove the cavity insert crossbar by following the
instructions below:
Turn off the power to the water heater.
Remove the jacket access panel(s) and insulation.
Rotate the crossbar up and down until it breaks
away from the remainder of the cavity insert.
(See illustration to the left)
Discard the crossbar. It cannot and need not be
Replace the thermostat and/or element as
Replace the insulation and jacket access panel(s)
before turning on the power to the water heater.
NOTICE: The cavity insert crossbar is necessary
for the manufacturing process only. The removal
of the crossbar will not interfere with the
operation of the water heater.

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